Studies have proven that wounds heal faster when scabs are not allowed to form. Follow these instructions to prevent scabs from forming. This will result in better wound healing.
- Leave the original dressing in place for 24 hours
- Clean the wound once a day Allow water, shampoo and soap from the shower to wash over the wound.
- Cover the wound with Aquaphor or Vaseline and then apply a bandage for 1-2 weeks. Change the bandage daily.
We recommend that you apply Aquaphor or Vaseline to a Band-Aid or Telfa pad (non-stick gauze) with tape. If you prefer not to use a band-aid, apply a thick coat of Vaseline or Aquaphor twice daily. Keep the wound covered with Aquaphor or Vaseline at all times until for 2 weeks.
- If a crust forms on the biopsy site, mix a solution of ½ tap water and ½ Hydrogen peroxide. Dip a Q-tip into the mixture and gently clean around the wound to remove the crust.
- Take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) if you have discomfort. If you are not able to take Tylenol, ask your doctor what medicine you can take for the pain.
- If a dissolvable stitch has been placed it will dissolve within 3-4 weeks. If the stitch is blue or black the stitch is likely non-dissolvable and will require removal. Typically non-dissolvable stitches are removed 7-14 days after the procedure.
REPORT ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS TO YOUR PHYSICIAN:
- Increase in redness more than ¼ inch on each side of the biopsy site.
- Increasing or severe pain
- Drainage of pus
- Fever over 100.5 degrees
- If bleeding occurs which you cannot stop with firm pressure for 20 minutes
WHO TO CALL
- DermAssociates, PC at 301-681-7000 for problems, Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. Ask for your physician and inform the staff if you have a problem with your biopsy site.
- For urgent problems in the evenings or after hours, call 301.681.7000. After the prompt, press 1 to contact the physician on call.
- If you have not received a report of your skin biopsy either by mail or by phone within 2 weeks after your biopsy, please call our office.