Frequently Asked Questions

 

Should you pop a blister?

NO, the skin on the blister acts like nature's dressing and allows the wound to heal better.

What should I use to clean wounds?

The best cleanser for most wounds is tap water or if available, normal saline. Most wounds do not require special cleansers like hydrogen peroxide or povidone iodine (Betadine).

I've always heard that you should dry out wounds and leave them open to the air, is this the best treatment?

This is not the best treatment for wounds. Research shows that providing a moist wound environment allows the body's own resources to heal the wound better. Use of moisture retentive wound dressings is a better approach to wound care than dry gauze dressings.

How can I find a wound care clinician in my area?

These organizations provide directories of wound care specialist clinicians throughout the U.S.

The Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society http://www.wocn.org/ for nurses certified in wound care

The Association for Advancement of Wound Care http://aawconline.org/ for wound certified specialists:  physicians, nurses, physical therapists, podiatrists and wound clinics 

The American Professional Wound Care Association http://www.apwca.org/ for wound certified specialists: physicians, nurses, physical therapists, podiatrists

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