Myths about wound healing

Myth 1: Wounds should be exposed to the air so that they dry out

The truth: Do not let the wound be exposed to air and dry out. A wound must be clean, moist, and protected. Keep the wound covered by a plaster so that healing is speeded up, and scarring reduced, by the moist environment that is formed under the wound pad.

Myth 2: Pick away the scab

The truth: Do not pick away the scab. Picking away the scab disturbs the healing process since it also removes newly formed tissue and the cells at the wound’s edges cannot close the wound without a scab.


Myth 3: Seawater is good for wounds

The truth: Seawater is not good for wounds. The water at the coast or in standing water close to the beach may contain pollutants and bacteria that are transferred to the wound and reproduce quickly there. It can cause infections and slow the healing process.


Myth 4: Alcohol should be used to clean wounds

The truth: Do not use alcohol to clean wounds. Rubbing alcohol can harm the tissue and delay the healing process if used to clean a wound. This since alcohol not only destroys bacteria but also skin cells. Furthermore, alcohol burns when applied on wounds, which makes it especially unsuited for kids, elderly, and others with sensitive skin.

Myth 5: Plastic plasters do not breathe

The truth: Plastic plasters do breathe. All Salvequick’s plasters are breathable, however some plasters on the market are not. Salvequick also has plasters that are 100% waterproof while at the same time allowing the skin to breathe. They stop water penetrating from outside but allow passage from the inside.


Myth 6: You should pierce blisters

The truth: You should not pierce blisters. The blister, and the liquid it contains, protect the skin being formed and the underlying layers of skin from being damaged.


Myth 7: Using plasters can cause germ breeding

The truth: A wound should be covered with a plaster to protect it from bacteria. Plasters prevent bacteria from entering the wound if they are sealed around all edges of the wound pad. Salvequick has many plasters in the portfolio with these features.


Myth 8: Minor wounds can be left untreated

The truth: small wounds should be treated since they can be infected and cause medical problems if not. They need to be cleaned properly and protected with a plaster.

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