Managing HS | Wound Care

Wound Care

Taking care of wounds caused by HS can help reduce the risk of infection, help to heal, and reduce any associated odour.1

CLEANSING WOUNDS
CLEANSING WOUNDS


•  Talk to your dermatologist about the best cleansing solution to use 

•  Wash and dry your hands before cleansing the wound

•  Avoid harsh sponges or brushes because these can make the wound worse, slow healing and cause skin irritation1

REDUCING WOUND ODOURS
REDUCING WOUND ODOURS
 

•  Cleanse wounds regularly and keep them covered at all times4

•  Change and replace damp or saturated dressings regularly

•  Talk to your dermatologist about dressings that may help manage the smell

•  Wash your clothes at 60°C to help keep them clean.


Signs of infections include:

>  Swelling, redness or warmth in wounds

>  Wounds becoming more painful3

>  Unexpected changes to the fluid seeping from the wound e.g. the amount, colour, consistency or smell3

>  Generally feeling unwell e.g. temperature (fever) or swollen glands2

PROCEDURE FOR DRAINING WOUNDS
PROCEDURE FOR DRAINING WOUNDS
 

Surgical procedures such as incision and drainage or deroofing may provide short-term pain relief5.

These operations should always be performed using an aseptic technique and under local anaesthetic.5

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REFERENCES:

  1. Wang S et al ;Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Frequently Missed Diagnosis, Part 2: Treatment Options; Adv Skin Wound Care. 2015 Aug;28(8):372-80
  2. Parks-Miller A; Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation Wound Care & Treatment; http://www.hs-foundation.org/wound-care-nutrition/ Accessed March 28 2019
  3. NHS Choices - Cuts and grazes; http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Cuts-and-grazes/Pages/Introduction.aspx  Accessed March 28 2019
  4. Wolcott R, Fletcher J; The role of wound cleansing in the management of wounds; www.woundsinternational.com Accessed March 28 2019
  5. Danby FW et al; New and traditional surgical approaches to hidradenitis suppurativa; Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology; 01/11/2015;73
  6. Samala RV et al; Comprehensive wound malodor management: Win the RACE: Cleve Clin J Med. 2015 Aug;82(8):535-43.
  7. A World Union of Wound Healing Societies’ Initiative; Wound exudate and the role of dressings: A consensus document; Medical Education Partnership; 01/01/2007
  8. Champions for Change; TAKING CARE OF SORE SPOTS AND WOUNDS; 01/01/2017