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How to protect a wound from various kinds of water with waterproof covering

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Accidents and injuries are a part of life, and when they happen, it's essential to provide proper wound care and protection to promote swift healing. However, managing a wound can become more challenging when it encounters water. Water exposure can not only delay the healing process but also increase the risk of infection and other complications. Whether dealing with a minor cut, surgical incision, or a more significant wound, taking proactive steps to protect it from water is crucial.

In this article, we will explore how to protect a wound from water using waterproof coverings. Let's delve into how to shield your wounds effectively and maintain their well-being despite water exposure.

How different types of water affect wounds

Even though people might associate saltwater with wound healing, moisture can quickly cause the skin to swell around wounds and complicate the healing process. The swelling not only affects the healing process but can also allow bacteria to enter the wound, thereby increasing the risk of infection. Each type of water has its own risk. Here are the types of water people are most likely exposed to and the dangers they present for wounds.

Saltwater and wounds


Feet on a beach with incoming waves.
The healing powers of saltwater are primarily a myth.

Most people have probably heard that seawater helps the wound-healing process – but this is a myth! In reality, impurities in the water in coastal areas and standing bodies of water can contain high concentrations of germs that proliferate freely at warm temperatures. The risk of wound infections is increased by contact with contaminated water. 

Tap water and wounds


Washing hands under running water
It’s also important to protect wounds against tap water.

Especially when a wound is just beginning to heal, it is advisable to protect it from direct contact with tap water. Water and moisture cause the skin to swell, which can impair wound healing. Hand soap, shampoo, shower gel, and detergent can also irritate the wound. Before showering, bathing, or washing your hands, it is essential to make sure your wounds are coated with a waterproof covering so that they are protected and can heal properly. 

Chlorinated water and wounds


Legs in pool with waterproof wound protection
Wounds need also to be protected against chlorinated water, it can also slow the healing process, and bacteria in public pools can infect wounds.

Chlorine in water can cause unnecessary irritation in wounds and slow healing. There are also many invisible dangers at public swimming pools, such as the bacteria that loom in unsanitary pools that can quickly lead to wounds becoming infected. It is crucial to take special care to securely protect wounds from chlorinated water, especially at popular swimming pools.

Treatment solutions: Wound protection with waterproof coverings

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Whenever your skin comes into contact with water – even when washing – consider waterproofing your wounds.

Whether you find yourself at the beach, dealing with a pile of dirty dishes, or heading out for your weekly swim, it is always important to protect your wounds from water. Use plasters that stay securely in place – even during prolonged contact with water – and they should be breathable and flexible to allow you to move around freely. Hansaplast Aqua Protect plasters ensure that wounds stay well-protected and heal safely. They are also ideal for use after minor surgical procedures. 

Here are some Hansaplast recommendations, which are ideal for wound protection against water and helping with healing safely: 

Range of waterproof Hansaplast plasters

The Hansaplast Aqua Protect Strips are 100 % waterproof, making them ideal waterproof wound dressing for showering, washing, bathing, and swimming. The soft, light beige wound pad and transparent backing allow you to enjoy ultimate discretion when healing. Also, the backing is breathable and flexible, which offers excellent comfort. For keeping a larger wound covered with a waterproof plaster, try Aqua Protect 4XL Strips.

Use Hansaplast Extra Robust Waterproof with the innovative Hi-DRY TEX technology, which guarantees durable wound protection in demanding situations such as housework, gardening, or outdoor activities. Hansaplast has developed this three-layer technology for improved wound protection. Because of its integrated coverage of flexible fabric and an impregnated membrane, the plaster is breathable, ensures strong adhesion, and is waterproof. For keeping a more significant wound area protected from water, try Extra Robust Waterproof XL Strips


How to prevent wound infections and other complications

Exposure to dirt and bacteria can increase the risk of infection – the greatest threat to a healthy healing process. Public swimming pools can often contain the types of dirt and bacteria that are harmful to wounds. That’s why it’s so important to respect proper hygiene before, during, and after you visit the pool while enjoying the swimming season.

Here are some tips for wound protection:

  1. Never forget to shower: When people get into the pool without showering first, they carry lots of dirt and bacteria into the water – showering before jumping in washes away up to 90 % of sweat, dead skin, and skincare products.
  2. Avoid footbaths at public swimming pools: You will find footbaths quite often at swimming pools, but few people realize they can do more harm than good. However, frequently used, a high concentration of bacteria and germs can build up. Most people do not usually leave the disinfection long enough to act – it should be allowed to dry for at least 15 minutes to be effective.
  3. Dry your feet thoroughly and wear flip-flops: The best protection against infection at public swimming pools is simple – flip-flops! It is also important to dry your feet carefully, especially between the toes. Since this area is often neglected, it is particularly susceptible to fungal infections. The warm, moist environment between the toes is ideal for growing bacteria and fungi.
  4. Always cover wounds with waterproof plasters: When swimming, you should use waterproof plasters on grazes, cuts, and other wounds – even smaller areas like a wound left from a recently removed mole. When wounds are well-protected and undisturbed, they can heal more quickly.

Always see your doctor if the wound is deep, bleeding or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth.

Also make sure to seek medical help if you are not able to clean the wound properly.

In case you have diabetes a proper wound care is of special importance. Always discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor and/or podiatrist, even for the care of minor wounds and skin cracks – especially on your feet.

Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainity of treating your wound properly.

The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care or advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website.

For further information regarding Hansaplast products, please contact us via email on phc@beiersdorf.com. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products' packages.

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