Think back to your childhood at a point when you scraped your knee. You had two options: Clean it up and let it air out or place a bandage over it to stop the bleeding. Which recovery method was truly the most effective?

Contrary to popular belief, giving a wound time to breathe without a dressing doesn’t improve healing time. In fact, it may induce pain and even slow down the healing process.

What happens when you leave a wound uncovered

If we think far back to before the bandage was invented, men and women likely let their cuts and scrapes be if there wasn’t a form of dressing available. They discovered that the human body works in its own mysterious ways, forming scabs and blisters in somewhat of a natural bandage to protect the body from pain and infection. While yes, wounds in certain circumstances can be left untouched – such as a minor scrape that doesn’t bleed – severe wounds cannot heal without moisture. Leaving it uncovered isn’t in the interest of faster healing, according to Cleveland Clinic plastic surgeon Christi Cavaliere, MD.

“Severe wounds cannot heal without moisture.”

“Airing out most wounds isn’t beneficial because wounds need moisture to heal,” Cavaliere shared. “Leaving a wound uncovered may dry out new surface cells, which can increase pain or slow the healing process.”

If you have any other questions about keeping your wound exposed, talk to your doctor for further information.

Here’s how a covered wound heals faster

By covering a wound, you contain the natural moisture that’s needed to keep the skin cells alive. Some doctors also encourage using a topical antibiotic ointment to keep the area moist, which can also reduce infection. What’s more, the simple covering of a bandage or dressing protects the area from exposure to dirt and germs and can prevent further injury from occurring.

Covering your wound offers protection and comfort, and proper dressing doesn’t even require assistance from a medical professional. SmartPAC by Advanced Tissue is designed to help you take care of your wounds independently in the comfort of your home with ease. With easy-to-understand packaging, user-friendly instructions and video tutorials, you can redress your wound and take control of the healing process without setting a doctors appointment.

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