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How to Remove Gauze That Sticks to Wounds

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How to Remove Gauze That Sticks to Wounds
Work cautiously to remove gauze that's stuck to a wound.

Wound care sometimes involves changing your bandage to keep your cut, scrape or incision clean and free of infection. However, you may find that your gauze bandage sticks to your healing wound, making the dressing change a little more difficult. Proceed with caution to avoid re-opening scabs and causing yourself more pain.

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Step 1

Wash your hands with soap and warm water before you remove your old gauze bandage. Having clean hands will reduce the chance of introducing dirt and bacteria to your wound.

Step 2

Begin to remove the old gauze from your wound, moving in the direction of hair growth if your bandage covers your arm, leg or other hairy area of your body. Stop immediately if you meet resistance due to the scab being stuck to the bandage.

Step 3

Make a salt water solution using 1 tsp. of table salt for every gallon of water. You may not need as large a quantity of salt water for a smaller wound. Combine the ingredients well and fill a basin or bucket with the solution.

Step 4

Soak your bandage-covered wound in the salt water for a few minutes, then try to remove the bandage. "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies," a Rodale publication, indicates that stubborn scabs may require several soak-and-try removal attempts.

Step 5

Remove the bandage once the scab has softened adequately, and pat dry the affected area with a towel. Dress the wound with a fresh bandage as directed by your medical care provider.

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