Oh no – it’s happened. You were at home, making what was sure to be a delicious meal, but you accidentally nicked your left index finger with the chopping knife!
It’s a pretty unpleasant thing to happen, as not only do open wounds hurt, but they can also become infected (not to mention impeding on dinner prep!). Whilst you may have some classic BAND-AIDs in your cupboard, these often don’t do enough, especially if you’ve given yourself a really decent gash.
This is why it’s always good to have something like Activheal dressing in your medical kit. Wound dressings are designed to provide the quickest, most instantaneous pain relief as well as help you recover quickly.
Let’s take a look at five awesome wound dressing benefits:
- They can help decrease pain
Accidentally cutting yourself or experiencing another form of abrasion can be painful – we all know this. Whether you’ve sliced your finger in the kitchen or burnt your hand lighting the barbie, wounds are wounds and they are never pleasant.
This is why it’s important to decrease or hopefully alleviate the pain as fast as possible. Wound dressings are designed to reduce pain by preventing the wound’s exposure to air.
When air is allowed to make contact with a cut, burn or other abrasion, it will continue to cause the victim pain. Wound dressings are designed to stop the air from permeating its dressing and thus provide some, if not complete, pain relief.
- They can prevent bleeding
Hemostasis is the ability to stop a cut or abrasion from bleeding, thus preventing extra blood loss which can be incredibly dangerous. If you experience a deep cut that immediately begins to bleed heavily, this can cause a range of bigger issues that need to be stopped before they can begin.
With high quality wound dressings available at your local pharmacy, you can go to work on preventing blood loss. This makes it the perfect option for if you cut yourself some distance from the hospital or medical practitioner and need something to conserve blood loss before you can be properly treated.
- Protect the wound from the environment
Any wound needs time to heal without potential environmental interference. Why? Because the environment may contain bacteria or other germs that could potentially inhibit the wound’s natural ability to heal.
Regardless of whether the cut is big or not you should always keep it covered. Wound dressings come in a range of styles that are perfect for covering open wounds and are ideal for allowing your wound to heal in an uninterrupted environment.
- They come in a range of styles for different wounds
Today’s wound dressings aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, you can pick up wound dressings to treat all kinds of different injuries. For example, there are gauze dressings that whilst being a typical cheap option for the home can actually be a source of infection if not regularly changed.
It is therefore a good idea to know what kind of dressings you have available at your disposal and whether or not these will be safe to use for the particular wound you have experienced.
You don’t want to use wound dressing thinking it’s right for burns when it is actually more suitable for cuts as this can be more detrimental in the long run.
But don’t let their versatility deter you – it’s really an awesome thing that you can find a highly versatile wound dressing range in your pharmacy so that in the event of an abrasion you can use the right one to fix it!