Wound Care Guide

Our treatment protocols are intended to treat traumatic wounds and so-called "chronic" wounds, ie wounds which have not closed for 4 weeks or more. 

Preparation of care: The systematic use of antiseptics when changing dressings is not recommended by health professionals. Studies demonstrate their harmful action on "saprophytic" bacteria, ie harmless bacteria which are naturally present on the skin and which actively participate in the reconstruction of the skin, in symbiosis with the organism.

Healthcare professionals recommend cleaning (we talk about mechanical debridement) using mild soap (no shower gel!), Lukewarm water and a washcloth if the wound is large, or a woven cotton pad. if the wound is small.

When to disinfect a wound? 

First, a wound is washed to free foreign bodies and / or dead or damaged tissue. 

All wounds are colonized by bacterial germs. Some are dangerous because they can cause infection, but others are beneficial for wound healing (we speak of saprophytic bacteria). What matters is the simple clinical observation of the wound and the occurrence of any symptoms which, when they appear, should alert the patient to an unfavorable development. 

If the wound is clean, water and mild soap are sufficient, combined with a good cleaning (compress, ...) 

If there are signs of an infection, it is necessary to distinguish four stages of infection, ranging from the least severe to the most severe.

Stage 1:  inflammation is the combination of three symptoms: redness, pain, heat (in and) around the wound. "The wound is red, it is hot and it is painful."

Explanation: there is a local development of pathogenic bacteria (bad bacteria) and the human body reacts normally (this is inflammation) by fighting against these bacteria. This involves the action of white blood cells and macrophages present in our blood.

It is necessary to act locally by fighting against the pain for the comfort of the patient.

Stage 2:  local infection revealed by the presence of pus, without fever.

Explanation: the destruction of bacteria by white blood cells and dead tissue by macrophages results in the production of a whitish substance, pus. 

It is necessary to act locally by removing the pus (cleaning) and applying an antiseptic to the wound. There are many chemicals that can help control the growth of bacteria without distinguishing between good and bad bacteria. This is why their use is limited in time. Using the antiseptic for too long will slow down the wound closing process.

Unlike chemical antiseptics and antibiotic creams, our medical honey fights against the proliferation of 100% of pathogenic germs (gram + and gram -) without altering saprophytic germs, i.e. good bacteria.

Stage 3: presence of fever, in addition to the symptoms of stage 2.

Explanation: the infection is no longer local, it has passed into the blood. The body fights and responds by raising its temperature in an attempt to kill bacteria. This is the principle of fever.

You should consult your doctor as soon as possible and act systemically (a drug) after having identified the pathogenic germs in order to act in a targeted and effective manner.

Stage 4: gangrene and risk of sepsis. The patient's life is in danger.

This stage leads to emergency hospitalization and the management of the patient.

Cases of self-medication or the precariousness of certain patients, or even the rapid evolution of a wound due to the patient's fragility (eg: diabetes, undernutrition, age, etc.) or even the denial of the patient himself. even can lead to the occurrence of such extreme situations.