OTC products for wound care

Patients often ask about OTC products for wound care.

Topical antiseptics (isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, povidone-iodine, etc) can be used to clean skin AROUND the wound.

But don't recommend them for cleansing the wound itself...they can be toxic to growing tissue and delay healing. Suggest irrigating the wound with clean water or normal saline instead.

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