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Malodorous wounds

Malodorous wound
Medication Primary Secondary Ancillary
Dressings
Systemic antibiotics Alginate    
Or
Foam dressing
Plus Odour absorbing dressing  
Or
Polysaccharide iodine
Plus Foam dressing  
Or
   
Or
Plus Foam dressing  
Or
Topical antibiotic
   
Or
Odour absorbing dressing
   

Aim: Clear infection, reduce odour, absorb exudate, protect.

Systemic antibiotics should be used only if clinical signs of infection are seen. Use an alginate with charcoal dressing, or a foam with charcoal dressing, or a polysaccharide iodine dressing, or a silver dressing, or medicinal honey. Consider a short course of topical metronidazole gel.

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