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Health Tip: Care For a Wound At Home

Last Updated: February 11, 2019.

(HealthDay News) -- Taking care of a significant wound helps prevent infection and minimize scaring, the Nemours Foundation says.

The foundation suggests how to care for a wound at home:

  • Keep the wound covered with a clean dressing until it stops producing fluid.
  • Wait an average of four days after surgery before showering. Ask your doctor for a specific time to wait.
  • Do not soak in the bathtub or swim until your next doctor visit.
  • Don't let pets get close to a wound.
  • Do not pick or scratch a scab.


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