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Johns Hopkins Health - Common-Sense Wound Care Is Key to Healing

Summer 2011
Issue No. 13

Common-Sense Wound Care Is Key to Healing

Date: July 22, 2011

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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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