In part 1 of 5 Wound Care Myths, we looked at the myths surrounding leaves wound open to breathe, cleaning wounds with rubbing alcohol, whether slow healing wounds are cause for concern, whether antibiotics are necessary, and whether an itchy sore is a good thing.
If you’d like to learn whether you should treat burns with butter, or whether seawater is the holy grail of cleaning wounds, you’ve clicked on the right article. Here is part 2, 5 More Myths Around Wound Care.
1. Wounds should not be covered with bandages or plasters
This myth is false. This myth seems similar to the “wounds should be left open to heal” topic in our previous post, but the rationale behind this is different. The thought here is that bandages and plasters become breeding grounds for bacteria and other microbes to multiply. This is just not true, as most plasters these days are breathable and rather act as a necessary barrier to harmful microbes.
We recommend using the right kind of covering on injuries to keep the wound moist and safe from external pathogens. Whether it be a bandage or a breathable plaster, the right wound covering increases the protection against foreign bacteria, spores, and fungi.
2. Seawater is best for cleaning wounds
This myth is false. Salt water has been used for many generations as a way to clean wounds. For many, the next logical jump is seawater, right? However, there’s a big difference between sterile saline solution and salty seawater. Seawater contains potentially harmful substances like marine bacteria and other inorganic substances. You should also note that bacteria that thrive in seawater are naturally resistant to salt.
Our suggestion? Pick up a bottle of BluLyte Wound Care for those unpredictable everyday scrapes and sores. It’s sterile, antimicrobial, and unlike saltwater, does not dry out the skin or cause that burning, stinging sensation.
3. Better wound care lead to smaller scars
This myth is true. The right wound treatment, in other words correctly cleaning and dressing your injury, will enable your cells to heal properly. At the same time, the risk of bacterial infections, inflammation, and external wound trauma like reopening wounds can be reduced. All the factors just mentioned play a role in scarring as the tissue heals.
As an added factor in reducing the risk of scarring, we recommend using BluLyte Wound Care due to its accelerated healing and antimicrobial properties.
4. Even small wounds should be treated
This myth is true. Even though a small injury like a cut seems like a minor inconvenience, they can become big problems in the long run if they become infected. Any cut, scrape or other small injury proves an opening, a point for microbes like bacteria to enter. The takeaway here is to always treat wounds, even small ones, with the appropriate care to prevent infection and encourage wound healing.
Keep a bottle of BluLyte Wound Care in easily accessible areas for just these instances. Our wound care solution is safe and non-irritating for even the most annoying injuries like paper cuts. Apply BluLyte Wound Care, apply a plaster, and you’re good to go.
5. Treat burns with butter
This myth is false. In fact, this myth is an old wives’ tale that could cause more harm than good. It is recommended that you cool any area that has been burned. The best way to do this is to use cool water, as ice and ice water are too severe and may cause further damage to the already injured area.
As far as the myth of putting butter on a burn, butter or other fatty, greasy liquids slow the release of the burn. The retained heat therefore causes more damage than if the area had been sufficiently cooled.
HOCl, the active ingredient in BluLyte Wound Care, makes an optimal topical therapy for treating burns.
The necessity for proper wound care is undeniable, which is why we’ve highlighted some of the facts and myths about wound healing. Click here to read part 1 of 5 Myths Around Wound Care. If you would like to get in contact with a BluLyte Distributor, click here. If you would like to learn more about BluLyte Technology, click here.