How I Care for My Wounds Despite My Antibiotic / Chemical Allergies

One of my big problem allergens in antibiotic ointment. I can't use ANY over the counter stuff. Neosporin is one of my worst enemies. So, this past Sunday, one of our friends was over for the day and staying for dinner. We decided we wanted some freshly brewed beer from around the block, so I put on my shoes and jacket and then grabbed the two canvas bags that each held a large glass growler to hold the beer.

After getting my growlers refilled at the brewery, I walked home, chin up, enjoying the walk home in the sunshine. It was finally warm enough to wear these thin, flowy Ralph Lauren pants:

cotton_ralph_lauren_pants

As I was about to turn the corner onto my street, I stepped and tripped on my pants, throwing me down on my knees in the middle of the street (who uses sidewalks, anyways) and I caught myself with both of my hands. Victoriously, the glass growlers weren't broken!

I was in pain, but my main concern was my pants, haha. I just bought them and it's so hard to find great cotton women's pants!

I  gingerly got up and looked around to see if anyone saw me (nobody was outside luckily). Then, I started giving my pants a once over.... They were fine! PHEW.

I do, however, have these wonderful symbols of my grace:

scraped_ankles

My knees are pretty scuffed up too, but I'll spare you that boring, non-bloody photo, ha.

So, what do I do when I need to clean and heal wounds?

  1. Wash it with slightly warm water and my antibacterial Dial soap
  2. Pat dry with a 100% cotton towel
  3. Gently clean with hydrogen peroxide
  4. Let dry for 5 minutes
  5. Apply a THIN layer Muprocin:
muprocin

Each gram of Mupirocin ointment USP, 2% contains 20 mg Mupirocin USP in a bland water miscible ointment base (polyethylene glycol ointment, N.F.) consisting of polyethylene glycol 400 and polyethylene glycol 3350. Mupirocin is a naturally occurring antibiotic. The chemical name is (E)-(2S, 3R,4R,5S)-5-[(2S,3S,4S,5S) - 2,3 - Epoxy - 5 - hydroxy - 4 - methylhexyl]tetrahydro - 3,4 - dihydroxy - β - methyl - 2H-pyran-2-crotonic acid, ester with 9-hydroxynonanoic acid.

From what I've read, it's a pretty strong antibiotic, so I would use it only when completely necessary. Click here to read what the FDA has to say about it.

  • If I'm going to dress my wound, I use 100% cotton gauze (no non-stick pads as they have synthetic fibers) and paper tape. My skin is slightly bothered by the paper tape, but I react to the paper tape considerably less than regular tape. This time around, I'm going without dressing it and it seems yo be healing pretty well so far. I always worry a little since I've had staph infections before. Not fun stuff! 
Sources:
http://www.drugs.com/pro/mupirocin.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mupirocin