How To Cover A Wound While Showering?
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Is it OK to Shower with an Open Wound?
Within 24-48 hours after surgery, your surgeon would want you to take a sponge bath, leaving the wound area untouched. When 48 hours pass, you can shower without a bath. However, you are still not allowed to let the water flow over the wound as water can collect bacteria from all over your body and push it into your open wound. To prevent this, you can use a waterproof dressing, a rubber glove, and even a plastic bag if your wound can be protected.
How to Cover Surgical Wound for Shower
Numerous shower covers are available in the market for wound protection during showers. They are usually crafted with polyurethane or other waterproof latex-free compounds with adhesive ability. You can use one of these shower covers over your wound dressing as a pre-shower ritual. Following are some tips for using a shower cover effectively.
- Choose the correct size of shower cover for your wound. Ensure it covers the dressing and a little more skin area around the wound.
- Ensure that the sticky backing of the shower cover doesn’t contact the skin directly. It must stick to the skin around the wound for better coverage and protection.
- Don’t stick the shower cover directly on an unhealed wound.
- Remember that shower covers just protect the wound from getting wet. You can’t expect yourself to drench yourself in water for hours in a pool or hot tub, keeping your wound dry.
How to Heal Wounds Faster Naturally?
Some other considerations you can take to protect your wound from bacteria are:
- Keep Away from Soaps and Chemicals
Stop using alcohol wipes or soap on your wound, as it can dry it up and cause itching and irritation. Use salt water, sterile or distilled water instead.
- Get off your wound
Don’t put any kind of force or pressure on your wound; it can delay the healing. For example, if your foot is wounded, use crutches, a walker, or something to avoid getting on your wound.
- Stop smoking
Smoking a cigarette can shut your blood vessels 40-45% for hours. And this percentage increases with every cigarette you smoke. Your wound can starve of oxygen, which can delay the healing process.
- Control your blood sugar
Every time your blood sugar turns out to be more than 140, your wound can cause pain. Therefore, monitor it and watch what you eat to stabilize your glucose level. Seek professional help if required.
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If you’re dealing with a surgical wound, adhere to your surgeon’s preventive measures, such as covering your wound while showering to avoid bacteria. You can cover your wound with a plastic bag or any waterproof material, and you’re good to go.
If anything goes wrong or your wound has an abnormally slow healing pace. Reach out to Dr. Anthony K Gordon at Marin Advance Wound Center. He has specialized in diagnosing infections and treating thousands of wounds for over 30 years. Call us at (415) 429-4225 to book an appointment.