Johns Hopkins Health - Common-Sense Wound Care Is Key to Healing
Issue No. 13
Common-Sense Wound Care Is Key to HealingDate: July 22, 2011
As usual, your mother was right. Prompt, careful cleaning of children’s skin wounds may be more important than the use of antibiotics.
A new Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study looked at two antibiotics used to treat staph skin infections. According to the researchers, 95 percent of the children in the study recovered in a week, regardless of the antibiotic they were prescribed.
“It seems that good, low-tech wound care, cleaning, draining and keeping the infected area clean, is what truly makes the difference,” says study lead investigator Aaron Chen, M.D., an emergency physician at Johns Hopkins.
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