Topic of the month – April 2013

A thorny problem? Be careful in the garden

As the days get longer and flowers begin to bloom many of us go out to work in our gardens. For some this is a chore, for others a pleasure. But whether we like gardening or not: The garden is a good place for picking up cuts and scratches.

Scratches are hard to avoid

Even if you spend very little time in your garden, you will probably have scratched yourself on a rose bush or bramble. And if you are trying to prune or tie up your roses, a scratch or two is almost inevitable. The wounds may not be deep, but they often get dirty – especially if you do not stop to treat them straight away but want to get your work done first.

It is important to disinfect and cover all wounds, no matter how small, carefully. Otherwise your wound may become infected.

The proper way to take care of a wound:

1. Cleaning
Wash the wound carefully with flowing water.

2. Protection
Cover the wound with a plaster or bandage to prevent it from getting dirty – especially if you want to go back into the garden.

3. Medical attention
You do not need to go to see a doctor because of a small cut or scratch… unless it gets infected. If you notice that your wound is swelling up and becoming unusually painful then you should go and see a doctor.

4. Scar prevention
Even small injuries can leave unsightly scars, particularly if the wound got dirty. To be on the safe side you can treat the damaged skin 2 to 3 times daily with Contractubex® scar gel as soon as the wound has closed. Contractubex® will help your skin to heal and prevent visible scarring.

The best way to prevent wounds is to not get injured in the first place. Our tip: Good gardening gloves, long trousers and a long-sleeved top help to prevent minor cuts and scratches. And when you have finished your gardening you can roll up your sleeves and enjoy the sunshine.


Contractubex® Composition: 100 g gel contains: 10.0 g Extr. cepae, 5000 IU heparin sodium, 1.0 g allantoin. Indications: Hypertrophic and keloidal scars, movement-restricting and cosmetically disfiguring scars after operations, amputations, burns, and accidents; contractures such as Dupuytren’s contracture and traumatic tendon contractures; cicatricial strictures. Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to parabens. Side effects: Very rare skin reactions. Mode of action: Contractubex® exerts an antiproliferative, antiinflammatory, softening, and smoothing action on proliferating scar tissue. Dosage: Unless otherwise prescribed, Contractubex® should be gently massaged into the skin several times a day until all the gel has been absorbed. In the case of hardened older scars, it may be necessary to cover the treated area with a dressing overnight. Interactions: None known. Package sizes: 20 g, 50 g. Merz Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Eckenheimer Landstraße 100, D-60318 Frankfurt/Main, Germany

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