Post # 1
I fell down yesterday while walking on a sidewalk and scraped up my foot. The scrape is about 2 inches wide and 2 inches long across the top of my foot, since I was wearing sandals when I fell. The sidewalk scraped off enough skin that my foot was bleeding pretty badly, so I washed it off, put on some ointment and then wrapped gauze around it. It bled through the gauze that evening, so before bed I replaced it with fresh gauze and put on a pair of socks for added protection.
When I woke up, the wound had bled through my sock, and the gauze is now stuck to my wound. I cut off the pieces that I could gently pull off, but there is a piece the size of a quarter that refuses to come off. My foot is slightly swollen around the scrape, and it hurts when I touch it or bend my foot while walking. I’ve tried soaking it in a bucket of saltwater for an hour, but that piece is not budging. I don’t want to rip it off, because I’m sure that would be extremely painful. Does anyone have ideas on what I should do next?
Post # 3
Dampen the gauze with fresh water, the blood will soften and the gauze will come off.
Post # 4
@mrsprick: I have soaked it in saltwater. Does the fresh water do something different?
Post # 5
In the hospital we soak it off with sterline saline. But that’s just because we are in hospital and there is a much higher risk of infecton. The miniscule amount of salt in the water has nothng to do with whether it will come off or not.
At home I would soak in off in warm water to which some salt has been added because it helps prevent infection.
If it didn’t come off before, try warmer water and a longer soak.
If you have a Water pik, you could try using warm water in that to gently irrigate the edge of the gauze. Make SURE you do not touch the tip of the water pik to ANYTHING or it will be contaminated.
In the end, you have to get the gauze off even if it does hurt a bit and even if t starts bleeding again. Pull lightly up on the edge of the gauze as it loosens, so the water can soften the next edge.
When you replace the dressing use a TELFA pad ( designed not to stick) against the skin after applying a good dollop of antibacterial ointment.
Post # 6
@julies1949: Thanks for your help. I guess I need to start pulling it off, but I’m a wimp when it comes to pain. Hopefully, it won’t be as bad as I think it will be.