Wound Myths: 6 Common Lies About Wound Care

Wound Myths: 6 Common Lies About Wound Care

Ever heard of hitting a hammer on a wound gotten from stepping on a nail? Or pouring battery acid into an open wound to dry it up faster?

These are examples of suggestions made by people to treat wounds but are they helpful? Read on.

You can’t help but get advice from loved ones when you sustain an injury or get a cut.

Inasmuch as it shows how concerned they are and feel the need to help you recover on time, taking the advice can be fatal.

Wounds that are not properly taken care of may worsen and cause complications such as infection and amputation.

In this article, we take a look at 6 common myths about wound care that people believe and practice but do not encourage healing.


1. Methylated spirit heals wounds fast

This is false.

Although it is a good antiseptic, it will give you a peppery sensation and may damage surrounding healthy tissues when used excessively or abused.

Not all wounds require the use of spirit, only a certified health professional can deem a wound fit for the use of methylated spirit.

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2. Small wounds like cuts does not need to be treated

This is false.

Wounds are openings through which micro-organisms can enter the body which may cause severe pain at the wound site or a generalized infection of the body.

Taking care of wounds no matter how small will prevent infection, manage pain and promote good healing process.


3. Exposing the wound to air will make it dry fast and heal better

This is absolutely untrue!

Wounds ought to be covered. Exposing them only causes more harm as it makes the cells on the surface of the wound responsible for healing, dry out, thus delaying healing process.

It is better to have your wound bandaged and protected from harsh external conditions in order to aid repair of cells and heal blood vessels.


4. Hitting hammer onto a puncture wound will remove bad blood

This is very wrong.

A puncture wound from stepping on a nail is best treated in a clinic as it requires thorough cleaning to prevent infection from setting in.

Hitting the injured area with hammer or stone is equivalent to punishing the person, causing pain and damaging surrounding tissues.


5. Itchy sensation in the wound means it is healing well

This is not entirely true.

The tingling sensation you feel on surface wounds may indicate that healing is going well but do not rely on it.

Itching maybe a sign that the wound may have been infected. It is advised to see a certified medical professional to assess your wound for signs of infection in order to receive prompt treatment.

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6. Adding acids from battery will tighten and hasten wound healing.

This is absolutely false and life threatening.

Battery acids are corrosive and can destroy the skin’s ability to heal.

For no reason must it be applied to your skin. If you need help with taking care of your wound, see a doctor.

There are better ways to take care of wounds in order to promote healing and prevent infection.

They include;

  • Eat food rich in protein, vitamins and minerals.
  • Take lots of water.
  • Comply with prescribed antibiotic usage.
  • Apply prescribed antibiotic ointment with washed or sanitized hands
  • No matter how little a cut is, wash with area with soap and water and apply a plaster to protect it.
  • Do not apply any substance that is not prescribed by your doctor.
  • Comply with wound dressing prescriptions.

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There are different types of wounds with specific treatment types hence, it is highly recommended for wounds to be assessed by a certified medical professional before self-treating.

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