How to wash raw wounds

Fresh raw wounds love to be showered with clean water. Tap water is  almost sterile for drinking . If the tap water is “dirty,” we can rinse the raw wound with bottled drinking water or boiled and then cooled water .  Simple wounds may be managed at home with tap water, antiseptic creams (neomycin, mupirocin, silver sulfadiazine etc), and clean bandages until it heals. Sterile water or sterile saline is not necessary for cleaning wounds. There is no need to RUB soap into a wound, but small amounts of soap or shampoo getting into a wound will not be harmful and can be rinsed out at the end of the shower. If we take a bath, we can rinse the wound with clean water at the end of the bath. Damaging nonwater liquids such as alcohol or undiluted hydrogen peroxide can kill tissue and may better not be used to wash an open wound.

Raw gaping wounds , those involving critical areas , exposure of bones, tendons, joints or other important structures may require help of a specialist surgeon or a plastic surgeon. Its also important to make sure that there is no damage to tendons, nerves, arteries and other critical structures before opting for conservative treatment and dressings alone for wound healing

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