First Aid: Scabs are not quite a wound’s best friend!

Scabs are the body’s immediate response in protecting a wound from dirt and germs. When a scab forms, skin cells struggle to grow under the scab to form new skin. If left uncovered, scabs may be accidentally removed, and the healing process must start all over again and scarring is more likely to occur.



This is where moist wound healing¹ can help. Covering a wound with a moist wound healing strip or dressing provides an optimal wound climate which allows the wound to be bathed in wound fluid so that it does not dry out and form a scab. The wound fluid provides nutrients and growth factors to assist with healing, and has white blood cells present to help prevent infection. For a wound to form new skin tissue, new cells need to form. Cell growth thrives in moist conditions. So, what are the benefits of moist wound healing?

  1. Faster wound healing
  2. Lower rate of infection
  3. Scarring is minimised
  4. May experience less pain as nerve endings are protected by the moisture
  5. Supports the natural wound healing process

First Aid & Wound Care Dressings – What’s important to know and why?

The main purpose of a first aid dressing is to absorb blood and other fluids and to provide a barrier against infection. Several factors need to be considered when selecting a suitable wound dressing, including an assessment of your personal health, your wound and/or your risk of infection.

Clean and/or sterile dressings should be applied to help minimise the chance of infection, and ideally allow the body to heal itself.

There are a number of functional characteristics you should look for when selecting a first aid and/or wound dressing. These may include:

  • A 360° seal to protect against water, dirt and germs
  • Maintain a moist wound healing environment to promote healing
  • Deliver secure adhesion to the skin around the wound and conform to the body
  • Not adhere to the open wound
  • Feature breathable and hypoallergenic materials
  • If at risk of latex allergy reaction; latex free materials
  • Gentle to the skin on removal
  • Water resistance

Modern wound care products don’t just protect the wound, they facilitate healing, encourage moisture vapour transmission (so the skin doesn’t get macerated or over moist underneath the dressing), reduce pain, facilitate ‘auto-cleaning’ of the wound, and act as a bacterial barrier.

That’s why Nexcare Brand offers a variety of first aid and wound care products* – it’s because each product offers distinct properties to accommodate different kinds of wounds, skin types, individual needs and personal preferences.

Remember, your local Chemmart Pharmacist has expertise in wound care advice, and can assist you in making an informed decision when purchasing first aid and wound care solutions to meet your needs.

N.B. Moist wound healing is not right for all types of wounds and should be done only in consultation with a doctor or health care professional. The information provided is not intended as a substitute for appropriate medical advice and management. All wounds should be assessed and diagnosed by a qualified medical professional.
*Always the read the instructions and use strictly as directed.

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¹ Meyers, B. (2008). Wound Management: Principles and Practice. 2nd edition. Pearson Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Pg. 124-125



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