Whether you've suffered a minor injury around the house or undergone surgery, there are some things you can do to ensure that a wound heals properly and timely. In order to prevent infection, you want to make sure that you have the necessary supplies on hand and knowledge of how to use them. So, we've put together a few tips for ensuring that you are able to properly treat everything from a scraped knee to incision site.
Products to have on hand
There's a good chance that your medicine cabinet is stocked with a few necessities for treating minor injuries around the house, but do you have everything you need? Households should be equipped with a few basic products to treat minor injuries with ease.1 If you don't have these items, make sure to order them online:
- Antibiotic ointment
- Ice packs
- Rubbing alcohol
- Disposable gloves
- Antiseptic wash
- Sterile eye was
It's also best to keep a reference guide on hand so that you know how to properly use those products that are used less frequently. Many first aid guides will walk you through the steps of treating common injuries encountered around the house.
Using wound care supplies
If you have all the necessary first aid supplies on hand, it won't do you much good if you don't use them properly. In order to ensure that your injury heals as quickly as possible, there are just a few easy steps to follow.
- The key to success is preventing infection by removing dirt and germs from the area.2 So, first you'll want to use that antiseptic wash to clean out the site. If this isn't on hand, mild soap and water will do the trick.
- Once the area has dried, you will want to apply an antibiotic ointment to the cut or scrape to help prevent infection. This can also help to increase the rate at which your injury heals.
- Finally, you'll want to cover the open wound with a bandage so that no debris infects it during the healing process. Make sure the replace the bandage as necessary, until the site has completely healed.
Some of the other supplies in your first aid kit may not be needed as often as these basics. For instance, an ice pack is only necessary when you want to reduce swelling and pain due to injury. Tweezers are great for removing splinters and other foreign objects from the body. And a thermometer might come in handy for illness as well as injury.
Food for recovery
While there's a lot that you can do after an injury occurs, there are actually so proactive measure you can take to ensure that you heal in a timely manner. Including items like protein, vitamin C and zinc into your diet will help keep your skin healthy so it can recover more quickly.3 Additionally, you will want to keep these health tips in mind:
- Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that can be beneficial when an injury is sustained to the body.
- Honey possess antibacterial qualities that are beneficial for improving the time in which it takes a burn or ulcer to heal.
- Foods with low glycemic index carbohydrates (rolled oats, fruit and dairy to name a few) are likely to improve healing rates for those who have diabetes.
You can find all of these buy medical supplies and more from Medex Supply. In addition to wound care supplies, we also provide health care professionals with items to help prevent infection and much more.
1 Band-Aid, "First aid checklist"
2 Band-Aid, "Three easy steps to heal minor wounds 4 days faster!" September 5, 2013
3 Medical Observer, "Top 5 diet tips for wound healing" May 7, 2010