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Nizamiye Hospital is located in Abuja, provides a high quality health care service in all medical specialities in its 5 storey building with a covered area of 12.000 m2 since 2013.

+234 805 633 94 44

info@nizamiyehospital.com.ng

Plot 113 Cadastral Zone

Life Camp, Abuja, NIGERIA

Monday - Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Saturday : 08:00-14:00

0816 666 60 23 - 09 291 51 73

info@nizamiyehospital.com.ng

Sector S. Cadastral Zone,

Life Camp, Abuja, NIGERIA

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Should You Bandage a Cut or Sore, or Let It Air Out?

Applying adhesive bandage on knee

Should You Bandage a Cut or Sore, or Let It Air Out?

A: Airing out most wounds isn’t beneficial because wounds need moisture to heal. Leaving a wound uncovered may dry out new surface cells, which can increase pain or slow the healing process.

Most wound treatments or coverings promote a moist — but not overly wet — wound surface. For example, we apply a topical antibiotic ointment to a scrape or small cut, and then cover it with gauze or a bandage.

This keeps new skin and other cells alive. It also helps protect the area from dirt, germs and further injury. It also may feel more comfortable than leaving a wound open.

But as is true for most of medicine, there are exceptions. Small dry, scabs from minor cuts and scrapes can be left uncovered. Also, pressure ulcers on the heels can often be left open to dry.

However, if you’re concerned that a wound looks deep, is not healing, or might be infected, a healthcare professional should examine it.

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