I have these sores on my hands that are taking ages to heal. I have kept them open to let them ‘breathe’ and I keep them dry – but they are quite sore and I’m sick of them.
Farmer’s hands often have this problem. They get knocked around a lot when they are using machinery, handling animals, not to mention being damaged by detergents particularly in dairies. This can make it hard for wounds to heal properly.
To help wounds heal you need to keep them covered. We often hear that it’s good to let wounds ‘breathe’ but this is usually not true. In most cases dry wounds do not heal well. That is a dry cell is a dead cell. To heal wounds need a moist and warm environment that is provided by a bandaid type dressing.
How to care for wounds
Remember to eat well and drink plenty of water, wounds need a lot of vitamins, proteins and water to build new cells, so good nutrition is essential.
InfectionWounds can become infected. Signs of infection include:
To care for an infected wound you may need to use a medicated dressing. Get medical help if wounds are not healing or you are concerned, sometimes infected wounds require antibiotic treatment and become red, inflamed and hot.
Caring for a newly healed woundNewly healed wounds are fragile, so try to avoid more knock. Use a moisturising cream like sorbolene to keep the skin soft and avoid direct sunlight.
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