FIRST 24 HOURS
The area treated must remain covered and dry for 24 hours (please do not get it wet).
CLEANING THE AREA
After 24 hours you may shower / bathe as normal. Clean the area with a salt water solution and cotton buds twice a day. A salt water solution can be made by adding a teaspoon of salt to a cup of cooled boiled water.
Pat dry and apply a thin smear of Vaseline to the cleaned wound (or other ointment or powder prescribed by your doctor).
COVERING THE WOUND
It is not necessary to cover the wound, however, if you wish to cover it, please use Band-Aid, Handypor or similar porous dressing.
If you have any concerns, please ring the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia on Monday through to Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm on (02) 88333 000. If it is the weekend, or you cannot return to the clinic and you think there is a problem with your wound, such as an infection, please do the following:
- Go to the GP.
- If started on antibiotics, ask to have a wound swab with a copy of the results sent to the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia.
- Please ring and inform us of your visit to the GP so we can document this in your file.
- Signs of Infection are redness, tenderness, hot to touch and pus.