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The Sticky Facts About Minor Wound Care - DOC

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									by: News Canada

(NC)-You probably think you know all the facts when it comes to the topic of minor wound care
- if you cut your finger, just dab a tissue on it and you're ready to go! Unfortunately it is not as
simple as that. Minor wounds deserve special treatment in order to heal most efficiently and
minimize the appearance of scars. So before you peel off that bandage make sure you know the
difference between the facts and the misconceptions on minor wound care.

Misconception: It is best to let a minor wound heal over with a scab.

Fact: Scabs actually impede the healing process by creating a barrier between healthy skin cells.
The cells have to work their way under the scab in order to form new tissue and heal. Scabs can
also be easily torn or scratched, causing re-injury.

Misconception: It is best to let a wound "breathe" or air out.

Fact: The best way to protect a wound is to cover it with a bandage until fully healed. Bandages
that absorb a wounds fluid and maintain a natural moisture balance are ideal for healing and
enables skin cells to migrate together to form new tissue.

Misconception: It is best to leave a wound uncovered.

Fact: Covering a wound with bandages is essential to wound care: a bandage provides extra
cushioning and protection from any re-injury that may occur, as well as preventing exposure to
water, germs and dirt.

With Canadians' safety in mind, a variety of advanced care products have been created to treat all
minor wounds, including BAND-AID Brand Hurt-Free™ Antiseptic Wash - a cleanser featuring
an anesthetic to help ease the throbbing of minor wounds - and BAND-AID Brand Water Block
Plus™ Finger-Wrap - designed to stay on fingers when wet. For more information on first care
contact the BAND-AID Brand website at www.bandaid.com.

This article was posted on July 24, 2002

								
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