(Closed) Nurse bees – What do I do when I have gauze stuck to my wound?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
11 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

Dampen the gauze with fresh water, the blood will soften and the gauze will come off. 

Post # 5
46417 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

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