Wet Dressings

Absorbent material such as cotton dressings moistened with cool water or Burrow's solution (aluminum acetate diluted 1:40 in water) should be applied to the affected area four to six times a day. The effects of this treatment include bacteriostasis, gentle debridement, debris removal, and evaporative cooling to lessen pruritus (8,9).

Warm, moist dressings are useful in superficial and deep bacterial skin infections in debridement, surfacing of the infection, absorbing purulent material, and reducing pain and itching.

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