Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
192 Doctors are Online

Cleaning the wound with peroxide and applying Neosporin. Covering with bandage. Feeling numb around the wound. Normal?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2005
Answered : 1919 Questions
On Wednesday may 8th 2013, I cut my XXXXXXX falling off a wooden box. I cleaned to wound as soon as I could with peroxide and applied Neosporin and a bandage as soon as possible. On Fiday may 10th I went to my doctor and she said that stiches could not be done. After looking at my cut she said that it does not look infected but clean it twice a day and keep it covered. My questions are as followed. 1) I am cleaning it morning and night in the shower with soap and water followed by iodine, peroxide and Neosporin, than covered by a bandage. Is this good enough for the cut? 2) Should I leave the bandage uncovered at night to let it air out and scab over? 3) and most importantly, does my wound look infected? I know it is hard to tell thru a picture but there is really no pain. The is no swelling, and it isn't really numb. Just a little numb around the wound where I bruised it when I fell. Thanks for your time and your thoughts..and just let me know if my cleaning is good enough. thank you
Posted Wed, 5 Jun 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Johny Chacko 30 minutes later

Thanks for the query.

1. Your cleaning regime is alright. Neosporin is not one of my favourite ointments because it has a high incidence of contact allergy and a cream will be better for such a wet wound than an ointment. I would recommend mupirocin or fusidic acid cream.

2. The wound is not shallow enough to be left uncovered. It is better to dress it up.

3. From the pictures the wound looks infected. The ulcer floor has yellow slough. It is better to take a course of oral antibiotics if you are not on one for treating the infection. Get it prescribed by your primary care physician.

Hope I answered your query. I will be happy to answer any further queries you have.

Get well soon.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Dermatologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor