PETROLEUM JELLY FOR TREATMENT OF SKIN WOUNDS

In an earlier post I stated we will not be using BNP ointment for treating Rectal Prolapse and this ban will also extend to skin wounds. BNP is a combination of three antibiotics which could influence results in the animal models

Wound treatment will consist of the application of thin layer of petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is inert (so it doesn’t get absorbed by the skin) and has no medicinal effect. But provided the wound has been cleaned it will do much to prevent infection and aid healing because it seals off skin trauma and prevent access to the damaged skin by bacteria. The wound doesn’t get infected so it can heal more quickly. Furthermore, petroleum jelly prevents the skin’s moisture from evaporating, so wound stays moist and supple, and it helps stimulate healing by preventing the area from cracking and with less scab formation. The scab is not a sign of healthy healing – it is often accompanied by inflammation around the edge of the healing wound and this inflamed area can become itchy leading to the animal doing more damage due to self-trauma from scratching. When using petroleum jelly the wound will scab less and the skin edges will be less inflamed and more soothed

 

The Myth: Exposing a Wound to Air makes it Heal Better, a NY Times article:

“Exposing a wound to the air so it can breathe is a terrible mistake, experts say, because it creates a dry environment that promotes cell death.”

“Another common mistake is applying antibiotic ointments, said Dr. Mark D. P. Davis, a professor of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

These ointments may keep the wound moist, he said, but they can also lead to swelling and an allergic reaction called contact dermatitis.”

Read the whole article on the website of the New York Times

 

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