How To Treat An Infected Wound
March 24, 2014 by Bob Livingston
I am trying to avoid using antibiotics but need to use something on a wound that is getting infected. I have heard that bleach can be used on a wound, but I donâ€™t know how much or how often. What do you recommend?
There is a bleach and water solution sometimes prescribed by doctors called a Dakins Solution. It has been used for many years to clean wounds and treat infections. While bleach will kill the bacteria, if itâ€™s too strong a solution it will also kill healthy tissue and retard healing. Full-strength Dakins is .5 percent bleach. A more diluted concentration (about .0125 percent) is the most prescribed. It is antimicrobial but will not damage healthy cells. The problem you have is if you try and mix it yourself, you will most likely make a dose that is too strong and that will cause damage to your healthy tissues. If you choose to go this route, I would recommend you first see a physician or naturopath. If your wound infection is serious, donâ€™t hesitate.