Wound Care Instructions After Your Skin Biopsy

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This information describes how to care for your wound after your skin biopsy.

It’s important to take care of your wound after your skin biopsy. This will keep it from getting infected and help you feel less pain or discomfort while it’s healing.

Caring for Your Wound at Home

  1. Leave your bandage on your wound for ______ hours after your biopsy. Keep your bandage clean and dry.
  2. When you get home, put an ice pack over your bandage for 10 minutes, if instructed. Do this 3 to 4 times until you go to sleep on the first day.
  3. You can shower ______ hours after your biopsy. Don’t take a bath.
  4. Remove your bandage ______ hours after your biopsy. If your Steri-Strips™ are in place, don’t take them off.
  5. Clean your wound with __________________ every day. Or, if instructed to do so, soak your wound with gauze and _____________. Gently pat your wound dry with a clean gauze pad.
  6. Use cotton applicators or gauze to put _________________ ointment on your wound.
  7. Cover your wound with a Band-Aid® or a bandage cut to the size of your wound.

Special instructions

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Important Points

  • It’s normal to have some swelling and bruising around your wound. This will usually go away over several days.
  • If your wound starts to bleed, press on it using a clean gauze pad. Keep pressing for 15 minutes. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, call your doctor.
  • If you feel any pain or discomfort, take acetaminophen extra strength (such as Tylenol® Extra Strength) or ____________________.
  • Don’t do challenging exercises, heavy lifting, or swim for ______ weeks after your biopsy.
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Call Your Doctor or Nurse if You Have:

  • A temperature of 101° F (38.3° C) or higher
  • Chills
  • A rash
  • Any of the following symptoms at your wound or the area around it:
    • Increasing redness or swelling
    • Increasing pain or discomfort
    • Skin that is hot to touch
    • Yellowish drainage
    • Bleeding that doesn’t stop after applying pressure
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