The dry wounds myth ….
There is a supposition that in order for a wound to heal, it is best to let it to dry out uncovered.
Even among doctors there is no agreement in this matter. Ask different doctors and you will get different answers, each one according to his own individual perception.
In actual fact, a moist wound will heal faster and in higher quality, with less likelihood of scarring.
When the wound and the area surrounding kept moist, the blood vessels are restored more quickly and more efficient, and it allowed faster renew of tissues.
When a wounded body tissue is exposed to dryness during healing, the dry shrinked cells change the texture of the skin that forms those scars that we want to prevent. Thereby keeping the wound moist will avoid the changes in the tension of the tissue and scarring of skin tissue caused by dryness.
To understand the optimal healing environment, visualize blood vessels as the roots of a tree which have been torn or damaged and are trying to find their way into the soil in order to grow and rehabilitate. In a damp soil, the damaged roots will grow and renew themselves more easily and at a faster pace, because they to not have ressistance from dry soil. The same occurs when the skin area around the sore is moist and soft enabling the blood vessels to renew the skin tissue more easily and quickly. The result – faster healing and no dry tissue that leaves us with unnecessary scarring.
Animals instinctively lick their wounds. Besides the moistness, the enzymes (proteins) found in saliva soften the flesh and stimulate blood vessel renewal, growth and recovery much more quickly than dry conditions.
Humans also have this instinct to lick and moisten wounds with saliva, but our culture and norms programmed us not to fiddle with wounds, thereby hampering our basic and greatly effective healing instinct and use medications instead.
The balance of the acids and the components of the immunological mechanism found in the mouth also preventing infection and deterioration of the condition of the sore.
Besides the moisture, the temperature – or energy level in the mouth is also an important factor in the recovery process, since it provides a greenhouse like temperature; A womb like environment enabling the blood vessels and cells to recover and renew themselves צובי quicker than when the sore is left open to continual changing external temperatures.
If you want to use various antibiotic preparation, in order to accelerats the recovery, it is preferable to use an ointment which keeps its moisture for a long time rather than in a liquid which tends to dry out relatively quickly.
Find those helpful tips – as well as many others which can improve your life quality, in the book series “Things you won’t hear from your Doctor” – by Eyal Cohen
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