Knowing how and when to bandage a wound can help speed healing.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions:

  • Hands, knees or other areas likely to get dirty or be rubbed by clothing should be bandaged with an adhesive strip or sterile gauze tape.
  • Change bandage daily to keep wound clean and dry.
  • Don't bandage a wound that isn't likely to get dirty and won't be rubbed and irritated by clothing.
  • A wound that can safely be left without a bandage may dry and heal more quickly.
  • Use a special bandage (occlusive or semi-occlusive) if your doctor suggests it on a wound that covers a large area, to keep it moist and reduce scarring.
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