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Wound Care in the Field

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

All right, so what do you do if you’re out hiking or in a field and you get a cut, a mild abrasion? What do you do with that? Well first it has to be shallow and superficial, ok? If it’s a big wound where you can see muscle or you’re going all the way through the skin, or you can see the fat layer of the skin, then just go to the urgent care or ER. But if it’s just a very superficial cut or an abrasion, the best thing to do is just rinse it with some clean water, and then wrap it up, so it stays protected.

When you get home, you can gently clean it with a gentle cleanser and water, and then you pat dry. And then you apply some Vaseline or Aquaphor to the area and wrap it up. Because a wound that is kept moist and protected will heal quicker and with better results.

Now if your wounds start to look infected, so if they start to get red or painful or swollen, or you start getting fevers or chills or night sweats or anything like that, then please go to your urgent care, go to your ER, or your friendly local dermatologist, and we can take a look.

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