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Proper Wound Care More Important in Healing than Antibiotic

According to a study conducted at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, timely and proper cleaning and draining of the wound might be more vital for curing the wound than the choice of antibiotic. Aaron Chen, the lead investigator of the study, feels that proper wound care, cleaning of the wound and most importantly, keeping the area clean might make a difference between fast healing and persistent infection.

The study involved 191 young participants in the age group 6 months to 18 years. These children were being treated for skin infections. They were either given cephalexin or clindamycin, antibiotics used to treat the staph skin infections. The researchers found that the choice of antibiotics did not matter much. In both the cases, 95% children recovered within a week, irrespective of the antibiotic.

The study shows that although many physicians assume that antibiotics are very important for bacterial infections, this might not be so. Further studies are required to determine in which cases they should be used and where their usage can be avoided. The study appears in the journal Pediatrics.

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