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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Change your bandage when it gets wet or dirty, or as directed. Wash your hands before and after you change your bandage. A bandage protects your wound so it can heal. It will soak up any fluid that is coming from your wound. A bandage also puts pressure on your wound to reduce pain.
How to change your bandage:
- Loosen the tape slowly.
- Gently remove the old or dirty bandage. Place it in a plastic bag.
- Apply a clean bandage. Use medical tape to secure the bandage, if needed.
- Place any trash in the plastic bag with the old or dirty bandage. Throw the bag away.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down any questions you have so you remember to ask them in your follow-up visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your wound is bleeding more than expected.
- You have increased pain in your wound area.
- Your wound is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You see red streaks on your skin starting at your wound and moving outward.
- Your wound looks like it is getting bigger or deeper.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.