Wounds should be taken care of immediately after discovery, as even the smallest of wounds can become infected if enough bacteria build up within the wound. To remove dirt, wounds should be first rinsed under running water only. Soap, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine can irritate the injury and should be avoided. To prevent infection, apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover it with a bandage. The bandage should be changed daily. The skin around the wound may be cleaned with soap.
To prevent further exacerbation, see a doctor—especially if you have diabetes. Minor skin conditions can become larger problems if not properly inspected. As the wound heals, make sure to avoid applying pressure to the affected area.
If you have any questions please feel free to call us at (631) 604-4948. Suffolk Foot and Ankle offers the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs. Visit us at one of our offices located in Commack, East Patchogue, Riverhead, and Medford, NY.