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Bandage Change


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.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.