Daily steps caring for an infected wound
Assuming you have stitches and the wound has become infected (like mine currently is), there is a definite 'best procedure' for keeping your wound clean and on the road toward total healing. This brief article is NOT intended to supersede or replace your doctor's advice; it's meant to supplement and emphasize factors that will promote recovery.
During recovery, don't drink beer. A little wine is okay to relax but beer makes you pee and this will defeat item two.
Take your doctor prescribed antibiotics. If you drink beer, this will effectively negate your medication so.. Don't drink beer during recovery!
Expose your wound to healing rays of the sun. The poolside, your backyard, your front yard, or a common area that allows you to relax in a lawn chair exposing the wound to direct sunlight cannot hurt. Read a book or talk with friends but pay attention to keep the wound perpendicular to the sun. Being careful not to disturb the stitches, if you are so inclined, massage around your wound to encourage blood flow to the region.
Take your normal shower daily. You don't need to keep the wound dry all the time – just most of the time. At the end of your shower, take a soft clean toothbrush, swipe it across soap a couple times, use your thumb/finger to foam the soap, gently brush the wound to clean crusted puss/blood, and rinse with warm water. Repeat that process once more. A final step in the shower: turn the temperature of the water just below 'too hot'. What that is depends on your tolerance. Gently shower the wound for a few moments to encourage blood flow to the region.
Dry yourself as normal being careful not to disturb your wound. The next step requires some rubbing alcohol. Without being wasteful, use ample amounts to douse the wound. This will effectively sterilize the surface of the wound. You may use clean tissue to pat the area dry.
As a final step in your daily procedure, dab the wound with iodine or mercurochrome. Make sure all crevices and cracks are filled with the ointment. Pat dry with clean tissue as desired.
Aside from exposing the wound to direct sunlight, the entire procedure above takes less than five minutes. I guarantee you positive results if you care for your wound as if it were a wounded child. One final recommendation about your doctor's stitching and ointment. I went to a local clinic for my stitches. They did two things which I strongly recommend against. One is the use of surgical foam; it's a coagulator. If your wound is bleeding profusely, they may use foam to stop the bleeding. But as anyone knows, introducing ANYthing into the body encourages rejection and infection. This was factor one in my infection. The other factor was applying an antibiotic paste they gave me. This softened the wound encouraging infection. So I recommend against using both .. Again, my advice does not supersede/replace any doctor's advice; it's meant to supplement/enhance. Always use your best judgement.
A final note about when the wound happened. Comically, I hopped to the bathroom to clean the wound immediately after the accident. I used ample amounts of water flushing the wound. Then I used rubbing alcohol to sterilize. Then I applied a clean elastic wrap to stop the bleeding. This is called 'direct pressure'. The clinic staff was impressed by my procedure .. If you conscientiously and caringly follow the procedure above, I guarantee positive results. I stake my meager reputation on it.
Salvatore Gerard Micheal / sam iam, 2012/MAR/14