Wound Care

ExitCare ImageWound care helps prevent pain and infection.

You may need a tetanus shot if:

  • You cannot remember when you had your last tetanus shot.

  • You have never had a tetanus shot.

  • The injury broke your skin.

If you need a tetanus shot and you choose not to have one, you may get tetanus. Sickness from tetanus can be serious.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Clean the wound daily with mild soap and water.

  • Change any bandages (dressings) as told by your doctor.

  • Put medicated cream and a bandage on the wound as told by your doctor.

  • Change the bandage if it gets wet, dirty, or starts to smell.

  • Take showers. Do not take baths, swim, or do anything that puts your wound under water.

  • Rest and raise (elevate) the wound until the pain and puffiness (swelling) are better.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Yellowish-white fluid (pus) comes from the wound.

  • Medicine does not lessen your pain.

  • There is a red streak going away from the wound.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.