Gauze is a material that is usually used as a way to bandage wounds. This material can be found in various shapes and thickness to cater to individual medical needs. They are available for everyday use and can be purchased in any pharmacy or medical supply shop. By using a gauze on an open wound, you are able to effectively speed up the healing of the wound by keeping the area oxygenated with air.

Whether it is a minor wound or major wound, having a gauze around is able to suit all your needs. As there are many different kinds of gauzes to choose from, this article will narrow down some different types of gauze wound dressings:

Cotton Gauze

This form of gauze is most common. It is usually made from cotton fabric as this allows fluids to be released from the wound. Cotton gauze is lightweight and durable which eases the cleaning of an open wound. They can be found in a sponge version or in the form of a bandage roll. Cotton gauzes can be used as a temporary dressing, but its downfall is that the area of an open wound can also stick to the cotton surface.

Paraffin Gauze

Paraffin gauze can be used on surface wounds that leak fluid such as burns and minor abrasions. This gauze contains medical grade paraffin that is helpful in protecting the wound. Unlike cotton gauze, paraffin gauzes prevent the gauze from sticking to the wound, making it non-adherent. The open weave fabric allows the wound to drain freely into a dressing that can be placed on top of the gauze.

Sterile Gauze Swabs

Sterile gauze swabs are useful for dressing wounds that other fabrics might stick on, and can be utilized for all types of wound application. They are compact and can be found with different absorbances depending on your needs. Sterile gauze swabs can protect the surface of the open wound comfortably and absorb fluids from the wound. Additionally, it provides an ideal temperature during the healing process. However, they are more expensive to purchase in comparison to a non-sterile gauze swab.

Non-Sterile Gauze Swabs

Non-sterile gauze swabs can be placed over a wound before it is properly bandaged. It is often used for closed wounds, such as bruises. They can effectively keep wounds clean and keep bacteria from entering the wound. Since sterile gauze swabs are generally more expensive, this is a cheaper option if the wound is not open.

As there are so many different kinds of gauze in the market, it can be difficult to find the kind that is most suited for your needs. We hope that this article has provided some information that will help you make an educated decision.

Last Updated on August 6, 2020

John Erick

John Erick is a national advocate for people with disabilities. John has written and blogged to help people with disabilities get the best life possible.

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