Is it okay to use antibacterial pads to cover my wound?

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  1. Jeffrey Jones

    Jeffrey Jones New Member

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    So I was recently put on antibiotics because the lump I have above the sinus itself needs to be free of infection for lancing (or any other surgery for that matter) to be viable. Started with my first pill on Thursday and have been taking two a day (as instructed), every day, since then.

    First thing I noticed was that I was seeing a good bit of drainage, which I guess means that the infection has decreased and the contents have been freeing themselves. Now my lump is about half its size!

    THE PROBLEM: The lump, although downsized, began feeling kinda thin and loose after it had downsized, and now, in the center, it seems as though it has opened, as a blob/nub of skin tissue(?) is poking out of it. I actually had this happen with a zit once, only it was on a much smaller scale. I read that it's almost as though the inside is healing faster than the outside can; the outside skin where my lump is is really fragile and thin. If I push the nub with my finger, it seemed to recess into a sort of crater in the skin that isn't visible to me.

    This has been bothering me (even though it may seem to be a healing process), and the increased drainage from the fragile skin tissue area has been showing on the outside of my shorts... which is incredibly embarrassing when walking around at school. Can I use these antibacterial pads to cover my 'wound' while I am in public? They are 'Advanced Antibacterial Pads - Benzalkonium Chloride 0.1% / Large Waterproof Pads.' It's pretty much a giant, rectangular bandage that's meant to cover wounds - says it has a '3x absorbent pad.'

    I think this nub is pulled out anyway during lancing (and then packed *shudders*), if I am not mistaken, but I want to cover it up for now and see if it can heal some. I also do NOT want to walk around in public and not realize that I have red spots on my pants. Safe to use?

    -Thanks
     
  2. Tonster

    Tonster Very Helpful

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    Hi Jeffrey, those pads sound fine to use. The nurses I go to call the pads 'combines' which is an easier term if you're looking up where to buy them.
    The combines I've been wearing aren't impregnated with anything, although the wound is dressed with antibacterial things like iodine, saline etc
    One thing that helped me with the combines was to convert from Boxer shorts to Trunks
    I can't picture that nub... you could google 'Proud Flesh' and see if that's what you have maybe... if so they can stop that with silver nitrate.
     
  3. Jeffrey Jones

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    Thanks for the reply! It's sorta like 'Proud Flesh,' I suppose. Just imagine putting Jello in your fist and squeezing it out from the hole made by your wrapped thumb and index finger. Seems to be this little blob of flesh sticking out of the lump/wound itself (NOT the sinus).

    BTW, this is a picture of those antibacterial pads I have: http://pics1.ds-static.com/prodimg/484223/300.jpg <--- Mine seem to be the extra absorbent version of these. Same brand and practically same box, just fewer features on the one in that picture.

    Oh, and I think this person in this thread had what seems to be the same issue: http://www.mdjunction.com/forums/hi...rt/10164747-flesh-sticking-out-and-wont-heal-
     
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