Summer brings warm weather, sun, increased activity and with it, an increase
in bites, burns or cuts. At first glance, it’s not always easy to
recognize the severity of a minor wound until it becomes an emergency.
The experts from Cortland Regional’s Wound Care Center, a Healogics®
Wound Care Center want to help keep you and your family safe and healthy.
Cortland Regional Wound Care Center offers these tips for staying healthy this summer:
- Remember that sunburns are entirely preventable. With the appropriate shade,
clothing and sunscreen these painful burns don’t have to be a part
of your summer.
- Though uncomfortable, most bug bites are harmless and can be avoided with
proper insect repellant and protective clothing; however, with the presence
of an allergy, some insect bites can result in severe reactions. Seek
emergency care for insect bites if you are experiencing chest pain, swelling
of the face, turning blue, nausea, cramps, vomiting, or are having difficulty
swallowing or breathing.
- A minor cut or scrape will typically heal without medical intervention,
but deep puncture wounds are at high risk for infection. Puncture wounds
made by nails, teeth or knives are more susceptible to tetanus as the
infectious bacteria is most commonly found in soil, dust, manure and saliva.
Take extra precautions
People with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, nerve damage
and vascular disease as well as the elderly and those who have had radiation
therapy, should pay close attention to wounds for signs of infection or
failure to heal – especially those on the legs.
Your skin is one of your body’s first lines of defense. When it is
broken or compromised by burns, bites or cuts, it lets germs enter your
body making you more susceptible to infection. Minor wounds usually heal
on their own but every wound needs care to prevent infection. By staying
aware you can help keep you and your family’s skin safe, happy and
healthy all summer long.
The Cortland Regional Wound Care Center offers comprehensive wound care
and leading-edge treatments including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative
pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and
biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
For more information on the treatment of chronic or infected wounds, contact
us at (607) 753-0993.