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What Is Wound Gel?

Antibiotic gel can help prevent wound infections.
There are two kinds of wounds: dry and wet.
Aloe vera gel is sometimes used to speed wound healing.
Wound gel.
Wound gel can keep a cut or other minor skin injury moist and help it heal.
Using wound gel under a gauze bandage will facilitate an easier removal without the risk of damaging tissue.
Gels provide a coating that protects wounds from dirt and bacteria.
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Wound gel is useful medical product used to treat wounds. It provides an optimal moist environment and is used to treat many types of wounds, including minor, acute and chronic. It helps promote fast healing and can also help reduce the likelihood of scarring. The gel works by cushioning the wound and providing a barrier against external contamination. Many gels also contain a pain-relieving element that can make an injured patient more comfortable. Sometimes wound gel even contains cooling or warming properties to further soothe a painful wound. Most products also are designed to debride or cleanse the wound as well and generally require a bandage covering after application. Application of a wound gel has the added advantage of facilitating easy bandage removal as well without damaging the underlying tissue, as can happen with a gauze bandage alone.

There are two kinds of wounds: dry and wet. Wet wounds are called exudates because they release fluid such as pus. A wound gel allows for the free passage of water and oxygen and prevents the accumulation of fluid at the wound surface. Gels typically are made of about 50% water and can help release moisture in a dry wound; they also can absorb up to twice its weight in excess exudate as well. This helps restore balance and accelerates cell renewal, resulting in significant improvement in wounds that were difficult to heal before the invention of synthetic gels.

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Wound gels used in the home may be applied without prescription to treat minor cuts and abrasions. They usually come in squeezable tubes or aerosol applicators and are typically easy to apply. Once the wound is cleaned, most gels need to be reapplied once or twice a day. A physician should be consulted for more serious wounds. There are many gels available to treat a wide variety of more severe wounds, and a physician will have the knowledge to choose the appropriate treatment.

The first records of using wound gel date back to 1750 BC when aloe vera gel, extracted from the aloe plant leaf, was used to treat topical wounds, punctures, burns, and frostbite; aloe vera was even used to treat some chronic wounds caused by diabetic ulcers. Honey has also been a popular folk remedy that has been around for about 4,000 years. In the 1960s, moist wound healing treatments with dressings began to be used, and eventually products were perfected that can aid in the healing of certain types of wounds.

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JessiC
Post 2

Anything that can help diabetic wounds heal faster is great in my book! I never understood how dangerous sores and cuts were for people with diabetes until I met my father-in-law.

He is a diabetic, and a very severe one at that. We always watch his feet to make sure any blisters or sores that happen to all of us at some point heal the way that they should.

Now, however, we’re beginning to see other small wounds fading slower and slower. This is dangerous because it can cause infection, and can actually lead to amputation of extremities.

Saf gel wound dressing or curasol wound gel - thank goodness for any progressive medicine for these folks!

poppyseed
Post 1

My momma has always told us that if we get a sun burn we should use the gook from an aloe vera plant to help it heal and take away that painful stinging sensation.

As a matter of fact, people around here still call the aloe vera a medicine plant and they use it for all kinds of ailments.

Mostly, though, they apply it to small and not too serious burns of any kind.

It really does help with the pain! It is very soothing and cool feeling.

Also, as long as you keep an aloe plant close by (they are very easy to care for) you have much cheaper solution to minor burns than hydrogel or any of those prescription gels.

However, don't get confused and substitute aloe treatment when a doctor is needed. Use common sense, of course.

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