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Discharge Instructions: Unna Boot

You will be going home with an Unna boot in place. An Unna boot is a dressing and wrap combination that is applied from your foot to your knee. An Unna boot has a special medication in the gauze that will help heal burns or skin sores and protect new skin. There are two kinds of bandages. A white bandage is changed every 1 to 3 days. In most cases, the pink one is changed once a week. You will need to visit your doctor to have the Unna boot changed. Here's what you need to know about home care.

Home Care

  • Remember, it is normal to have some drainage from the Unna boot dressing. Don’t be alarmed if the drainage smells bad. The dressing pulls drainage from the wound into the dressing. The odor you smell is from the dressing, not the wound.

  • Don’t get your Unna boot wet.

    • Cover the dressing completely with a plastic bag or plastic wrap before taking a shower. Tape the plastic to the skin above and below the dressing.

    • If you want to take a tub bath, leave the limb with the Unna boot on the side of the tub and out of the water.

  • Keep the rest of your skin clean.

  • Every day, wash any other burns or sores not covered by a dressing.

  • Avoid standing or sitting in the same position for more than 30 minutes at a time.

  • Keep your legs elevated as much as possible.

Follow-Up

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

 

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Tingling or numbness in the injured body part

  • Severe pain that cannot be relieved

  • A fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher

  • Swelling, coldness, or blue-gray color in the fingers or toes

  • Unna boot that feels too tight or too loose

  • Unna boot that is damaged or has rough edges that hurt

  • Unna boot that gets wet

  • Drainage from Unna boot dressing that smells different than usual

 

 

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