now it turns out that many researchers and dermatologists have known
better for quite some time. Today’s best medical advice: skip the
antibiotic cream, cover the wound to protect it from the air and, yes,
chip away at the scab once it has stopped the bleeding. Exposing
the wound to air slows healing because it creates a dry environment
that promotes cell death. Far better to keep the wound moist and
covered so that blood vessels regenerate faster and inflammation is
minimal. Vaseline will do just fine as a moistening agent. Skip the
antibiotic ointments lest they cause swelling and an allergic reaction
on the skin. And don’t leave the scab on too long, lest it leave a
larger scar than you would want.
best medical advice"? Did I miss something? Do you young parents
out there know about this? Well, I say if this turns out to be true
I’m happy to cover my cuts – then I can keep on getting dirty. But
giving up my Neosporin would make me a nervous, I’m afraid, and they
can just forget about us all starting to "chip away" at our scabs.
Sorry there’s no link – it’s behind the Times Select wall and it costs 50 bucks a year to pass through. I wonder what happens to those who subscribe and then quote.Posted by Susan Harris on August 7, 2006 at 6:38 am, in the category Shut Up and Dig.