Well, I fell down on some grizzled asphalt while skating down a ramp Tuesday night and scraped both of my knees pretty badly. The wounds aren't deep, thankfully, but they are fairly big.
Here's a picture of one of my knee scrapes, which as you can see, is infected: http://i54.tinypic.com/fleyvb.jpg
I didn't do a good job at all properly cleaning my scrape after the injury, and didn't apply antiseptic (I used New-Skin Liquid Bandage
) over the entire wound until more than 24 hours later. What's worse is that I put the solution on without having removed all of the grit and dirt from my knee (I know for a fact that there is nothing stuck inside the wound, though), and that I didn't allow my wounds to properly air out. Very stupid of me, but hey, you live and you learn.
I thoroughly soaped and washed my wounds, then applied a layer of Neosporin
over them before heading to bed. I woke up this morning feeling less pain than I did the previous couple days, but have noticed pain resurface and pus emanate from the wounds occasionally throughout the afternoon -- I'm assuming this is just my immune system fighting the bacteria in the wound. The pain is enough to cause me some grief walking and sitting down.
I know it's only been a few days since the accident, and I'm not freaking out, but I would like to take the proper measures to treat my wounds to prevent any serious infection or risk of illness, and to speed up the recovery process if possible.
Am I handling my wounds properly? I haven't used any hydrogen peroxide to clean my wounds, as I've read that it irritates the skin and kills white blood cells that help fight infection. Right now, all I plan on doing is washing my wounds night and day with soap and water, and applying Neosporin afterwards, wiping off the occasional seeping of pus with a paper towel. Should I just continue to do that and sit & wait over the next few days? Do you have other recommendations for treating my wounds? Also, can I avoid having to make a trip to the doctor, without the infection getting too bad?
Suggestions and help much appreciated!