If the bandage becomes wet or dirty, replace it. Otherwise, leave it in place for the first 24 hours. Then once a day:
Remove the bandage and wash the area with soap and water. Use a wet cotton swab to loosen and remove any blood or crust that forms on the wound.
After cleaning, apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment or cream. Put the bandage back on.
You can shower as usual after the first 24 hours. If the bandage is on an arm or leg, cover it with a plastic bag rubber-banded at both ends before showering.
Don’t take a tub bath or go swimming until the bandage is removed and the wound healed. This will take at least 7 days.
When to seek medical advice
Call your health care provider right away if any of these occur with your wound:
Redness, warmth, or swelling
Pain in the wound gets worse
Pus drains when you remove the bandage
Red streaks surround the wound area