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Foot dressing advice for a scald

Discussion in 'Hygiene and First Aid / Medicinal' started by Teepee, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. Teepee

    Teepee Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    I have a few blisters on the top of my foot from a scald last weekend. I'm going to be walking for 3 days in the hills and was wondering whats the best way of protecting it?

    I was planning on a coating of Iodine, a patch of cling film and a thinnish dressing over the top to give some padding. I've been doing this all week but I'm just hobbling round at home and not pushing it.

    Are there any special dressings that would be better? Maybe something to seal it in for the weekend like a specialist post-op dressing?

    It's healing up well, with no infection so far, I'd like to keep it that way.

    Thanks in advance.:)
     
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    dunno mate but i reckon you are probably beyond the point where the cling film will be of benefit in terms of moisture retention wound hydration. If it was me id spray it with iodine, put a thin non adherent dressing on and kino tape it :)
     
  3. Man of Tanith

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    And what have we learnt?
    crocs are unsuitable for camping :p

    seriously mate I hope they heal up well.
    I reckon the instant cold water and attention it got helped
     
  4. Teepee

    Teepee Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    It's still sticking to the dressing a bit, maybe I've got carp dressings? I do need some of that kino tape, looks impressive. Might be time to grab a roll.
     
  5. Teepee

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    Thanks mate. It defo helped and Steve is a god for touching my plates.

    Yeah, crocs, alcohol, kettles and wobbly tripods don't make a good mix do they. :rolleyes:
     
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    nope.
    but good practical experience for first aid skills ;)
     
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    The best thing I can think of is to cover the injury with Tegaderm or a similar film dressing, and wrap the area in soft wool as padding, if you absolutely insist on going. Personally, I'd stay at home until it healed.

    Alan
     
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    Take the Crocs for camp, get the dressings off and give the wounds some air. No idea about hiking time though, I'd probably go with a dab of Savlon and a loose weave dressing
     
  9. Mesquite

    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    You'd sterilised it so I reckoned I'd be safe from any infections :rolleyes:
     
  10. Man of Tanith

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    You hope......
    Got an Urge to drink turbo baileys?
     
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    Nope but I do have an urge to try toasted marshmallows dipped in Baileys :)
     
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    Consider perhaps using Inadine™ dressings, these combine the Iodine and the non adherent dressing in one unit, they are expensive, but bloody brilliant.

    This all said, I would personally reconsider hiking with it unless it's healed up properly. Better to rest the weekend, and take the trip later, rather than get a nasty infection. When foot injuries get infected, things can get *REALLY* nasty.

    I would also have to say: Oi Photos! Can we see the wounds?

    J
     
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    Thin dressing to cover, taped to stop the sweat moving it, 2 pairs of socks.adjust your lacing to not directly annoy it (miss out one or two eyelets) and crack on...
    Carry some man up for back up ;)


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  14. Man of Tanith

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    I got a pic of it shortly after he did it.
    whe I do the write up I'll add them.
    was quite interesting as the hot water only reached the foot through the holes of the crocs so he had a row of circular blisters forming....
     
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    My mums a nurse; she says try "Tegaderm"

    it's a sterile dressing, like a cling film for burns; should be available from a chemist. She also mentioned not to use iodine as this will destroy the growing cells and will slow recovery.

    I hope this helps mate
     
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    I know what is like, I have to be in a real bad way to cancel a hike.

    Those blisters could quickly turn into something that makes it impossible to hike out of trouble.

    If you must walk, I would protect with Vaseline under a dressing, the problem will be losing moisture, that should keep a layer in, only a temp measure as the blisters need to breath.
     
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    Thats where Shewie picks him up and carries him out :D
     
  18. Teepee

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    Thanks for the replies guys, lots to use here. :)

    I popped down and picked up some Tegaderm dressings(similar to Inadine I'm told). I'll watch out for the Iodine too and the healing.

    It's miles better this morning, the blisters have all burst now and crusted over after I went for a jog last night and let them dry out afterwards. Most of the soreness has gone too.

    The sensible man wouldn't go but I'm too stubborn. Pretty sure I'll be fine with some protection on it anyway and were not covering big miles. If it was on the sole or toes then It would likely be a different story.
     
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    No, crocs are fine for camping, campers need to be careful though with hot liquids :)
     
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    samwise shewie on mount doom!!
     

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