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Dealing with Infection

Infection in wounds is caused by dirt and any material contaminated with germs that get into wound.

health and fitness Updated: Aug 27, 2003 21:23 IST
PTI

Infection in wounds is caused by dirt and any material contaminated with germs that get into the wound. These micro-organisms may come from:

The object that caused the wound

The skin of the person

The clothes of the person

The hands of the First-Aider

Dirty Dressings

Contaminated Water

Surrounding Air


How to prevent infections in wounds?

    Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

    Clean the external wound with plenty of good clean drinking water.

    Dry the area surrounding the wound gently with dry sterile gauze or freshly laundered handkerchief or dhoti.

    Cover the wound with sterile gauze if available. Alternately a dry sterile gauze or freshly laundered handkerchief or dhoti may be used.

    Do not let the cotton come into contact with the wound.

    If you wish to spread antiseptic over the wound, ensure that it is not mixed with water.

    Bandage the wound.

    (Source: Webhealthcentre.com)

First Published: Aug 27, 2003 21:23 IST