Can The Wound Be Compressed Using 70% Alcohol?
Night, Doctor. I have an ankle wound (slightly above the ankle), not stitched but deep enough. It’s been a month, the wound hasn’t healed properly but it’s dry enough. But unfortunately 4 days ago the scab was accidentally opened due to the nudging of people, so the wound bleed again and was still wet and it felt quite sore. When I went to the pharmacy to buy infusion water because it had run out, I was advised to compress the wound with infusion water. But the next day when I bought antibiotics, the apoterker was different and I was advised to replace it instead of using intravenous water to use 70% alcohol. So my question, 1. Can I compress this wet wound with 70% alcohol? 2. The wound should not always be closed so that it dries quickly, but I have to go to campus every day so like it or not I have to close it with a bandage every day which unfortunately every time I go home I open the wound to be wet again even festering. May I ask your doctor for advice on how I should treat injuries with this condition? Thank you very much 🙂
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First of all you need to know that you should not be able to buy antibiotics yourself. Antibiotics are hard drugs that you should not take if you have not done a doctor's examination. The rules for taking antibiotics are also very strict and you should not take them carelessly. Indiscriminate consumption of antibiotics can increase the risk of side effects and the more severe is to increase the risk of antibiotic resistance. If indeed your wound looks infected (does not go dry, festering continuously, feels more painful, there is swelling around the wound), you should do a doctor's examination directly first.
Wounds are not recommended for treatment or compress with alcohol. Compressing the wound with alcohol or povidone iodine will make the wound more difficult to heal. Alcohol is only intended to clean the wound when a new wound occurs or if you want to do certain actions (such as suturing the wound). Furthermore, the wound is better treated (washed or compressed) with physiological saline / saline infusion fluid.
To accelerate tissue healing in the wound, the wound must be in a slightly moist environment (not wet). Scratched wounds will also heal longer. Therefore, if the wound is in the leg, you certainly would be better advised to cover your wound with wound plaster or gauze. The first reason is that the wound is not rubbed too much, the second so that the wound is not dirty (because it is in the leg). If the wound is deep enough, you are also advised to cover your wound with gauze at all times. Clean the wound and replace the gauze every day, or it could be more often if the gauze is wet with water or if the wound has a lot of pus.
Again, a festering wound indicates an infection. In this case, you should do a doctor's examination to be given the appropriate therapy to overcome the infection.
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