Wound Care Instructions

These instructions apply to patients who had punch biopsy, shave biopsy, or uncomplicated excision.

Do not touch or wet the dressing the day of procedure. If bleeding or oozing occurs, hold steady pressure with gauze for 10 to 15 minutes. If bleeding does not stop, call your doctor.

The next day after procedure, remove dressing covering the wound. Gently apply hydrogen peroxide with gauze or cotton to the surgical area. Apply topical antibiotic ointment (such as Bacitracin, Neomycin, Polysporin, etc.) to the area twice daily followed by a band-aid. Topical antibiotics are available in pharmacies without a prescription. You should clean and cover the wound and use antibiotic ointment untill wound heals completely. One may shower as usual the day after the procedure. Avoid direct water pressure on the wound from the shower stream.
If you observe any reactions that are unusual, or concerning to you, please call your doctor or go to the nearest emergency room.

These instructions should only serve as guidelines, and not medical advice. They should not be relied upon for treatment of your wounds. Your doctor is responsible for providing you with detailed instuctions on wound care.

Alexander Doctoroff, D.O., F.A.O.C.D.
Assistant Chief of Dermatology,
Veterans Administration Medical Center
East Orange, New Jersey

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine,
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey