• Treat underlying cause
  • Clean the wound regularly every day with 0.9% saline (or dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt per pint of
    cooled boiled water)
  • Apply clean dressings daily
  • Protect the normal skin around the wound with barrier creams (petroleum jelly)
  • Give analgesia for pain
  • If malodour/exudate: apply metronidazole powder daily directly to the wound when changing dressing
  • If cellulitis, give appropriate antibiotic