Skin cancer

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post operative wound care

samcaroledorothy
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Hi everyone. I recently had surgery to remove a small BCC at corner of eye/nose.

Afterwards, the nurse gave me the following instructions...(i think I heard her right?)...leave plaster on for 24 hours, then wash wound under shower, pat dry and apply antibiotic ointment  four times per day. I did this for first three days, but now I am reading online that wounds healing by secondary intention should be covered up so  a scar doesnt form? Now, I am confused and covering up with a small plaster.

I think I will have to phone the hospital tomorrow to check with them...but does anyone have any advice on this..and also how long to use the antibiotic ointment for?  tHANKS!

samcaroledorothy
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sorry..just to clarify..Im sure the nurse said just to apply antibiotic ointment then leave the wound open to the air.

Miranda2
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Hi,

I have had several BCCs removed from my face and from other areas too. On my face I never had any plasters at all. I was told that facial wounds heal very quickly and heal best when left exposed to the air. I had to clean the facial wounds with soap and run warm water over the wounds in the shower, then to rub them gently with a gauze compress. Then cover the wound with a very thin layer of vaseline.

On other parts of my body where the wounds were likely to be irritated by my clothes, they were covered.

I hope this helps and that your BCC site is healing up well.

Miranda

samcaroledorothy
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Dear Miranda. Thanks so much for your reply.  So the nurse was right!(should have been more trusting)...I am now leaving the plaster off and just using the antibiotic ointment 4 times per day.     I’m not sure whether I should keep using this ointment until it heals? Or perhaps I should switch to Vaseline, from day 5 tomorrow.? Touch wood,,the wound is healing ok.

im sorry to hear you’ve had quite a few bccs..that must have been stressful for you 

Hope you are ok now, and thanks again for the advice.