I managed to cut myself quite badly a few days ago and I want it to heal up as quickly as possible. I’m looking for any tips/solid information people might have on how to accelerate or at least not hinder the process of healing.
It’s a wide but shallow wound to my lower calf; caused by broken glass. A flap of skin was left dangling a bit but the A&E (ER for Americans) Doc said stitching was not necessary, and used some long thin strips of sterile tape to hold it down in it’s former position.
It happened 2 weeks ago and I can see some improvement, but there is still some slight bleeding now and then from around the edge of the flap.
Should I change the dressing regularly, or leave it alone?
Should I expose it to the air? (Most people seem to think it will heal faster if allowed to get some air.)
I ask mainly because I’m going on holiday soon, and being so close to clear blue sea but not able to swim might drive me a little crazy.
Any and all help much appreciated.