Podiatrists see a lot of wounds, especially on diabetic feet. We clean and dress the wound to give it the best chance of healing. We send the patient home with care instructions on how to keep the wound clean until their next visit. Something we see patients do to clean a wound at home is to apply hydrogen peroxide to the wound. This has been common practice for years, and you can see results! As soon as you put hydrogen peroxide on the wound it fizzes up, so you can see it working. Unfortunately, what you are seeing isn’t just the peroxide cleaning the wound, but it is actually damaging healthy new tissue which has just formed. In fact studies have shown that the regular use of hydrogen peroxide can actually slow the healing process. Ask any healthcare professional and they will tell you that they no longer recommend hydrogen peroxide for wound care.
So what can you use instead to make sure your wound are clean and germ free? Just run the wound under cool water and wash it with an antibacterial soap. The water and soap will wash away any dirt and harmful bacteria, but without damaging new healthy tissue. If your wound is deep, large or does not stop bleeding you should contact a medical professional immediately. All of the podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Associates are experienced in wound care and would be happy to help you get back on your feet and enjoying life to its fullest.