There are a number of antibiotic products that can reduce odors in wounds.

Foul odor accumulating from an injury is a problem in wound care that can be difficult to control. In most cases, stenches are produced from lesions due to a build-up of anaerobic bacteria, which tend to colonize together when depleted tissue accumulates from a wound. On top of producing unpleasant smells, wound odor can be embarrassing and may even lead to a patient resorting to social and physical isolation. Here are a few available products that can help eliminate foul odors brought on during the wound healing process and how they are able to eliminate stenches quickly.

Topical metronidazole

While these gels are typically designed to treat various skin irritations such as acne or rashes, topical metronidazole is also revered for its ability to eliminate wound odor. Applying the product to the injured area a few times daily can work to get rid of foul smells in generally 2 to 3 days, and continuous use can potentially remove stenches entirely within a just a few weeks. When using topical metronidazole on a wound, soak your dressing in a combination of the gel and normal saline, which has been reported to drastically reduce odor.

Cadexomer iodine

This antibacterial ointment not only provides cleansing and protection against potential wound infection, it is also commonly used to extinguish poignant smells. Cadexomer iodine is available in both powdered and bandage forms, as the product works as an antimicrobial agent that slowly releases iodine while reducing the quantity of bacteria in a wound. Typical usage may trigger slight burning sensations upon applying, but these are generally reported symptoms and should not be surprising.

Silver sulfadiazine

Typically used for burn wounds, silver sulfadiazine is an antibiotic that prevents the spread of bacteria in the injury and tends to boost odor protection in superficial wounds. It is produced as a cream and cleanses dead tissue to further advance the healing process. Applying to the wound one to two times daily will provide sufficient relief, and dressings should cover the cream only if completely necessary.


Often used for remedial purposes in the 19th century, honey has made a comeback recently in terms of its wound healing capabilities. Honey possesses a plethora of anti-inflammatory properties, while also giving the wounded area a moist environment. Its ability to reduce odor in injuries has also been frequently documented. While honey doesn’t require a prescription, always speak with your clinician about using specific treatments first.

Specific products that help eliminate order

Advanced Tissue carries a number of popular wound care products, which are reimbursed by Medicare, that reduce and/or eliminate order caused by wounds. Examples of those products are:

  • Carboflex
  • Actisorb Silver 220
  • Restore Odor Absorbent
  • Exuderm Odor Shield Sacrum
  • Iodosorb

In addition, Advanced Tissue now has available a retail product for our customers, Vashe, which is a wound wash and is recognized for its ability to reduce wound order.

Advanced Tissue is the nation’s leader in delivering specialized wound care supplies to patients, delivering to both homes and long-term care facilities.