Wounds do not need to be “aired out “

Dr. Campitelli

There are many misconceptions about wound care which still exist today and are not helpful in healing wounds.  One of the most common ones is to let your wound air out. Each week I have a patient ask me the question, “shouldn’t I let this get air to help it heal faster?”.  The answer is no.  Wounds do need oxygen to heal, but this oxygen comes from blood flow, not the outside air. As long as the body has healthy blood blow that is not being comprimised by peripheral vascular disease, the would will be getting sufficient oxygen. The next step is to keep the wound moist to maintain a healthy and homeostatic environment. This is usually accomplished with a variety of wound hydrogels or antibiotic ointments.

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