Topic of the month – August 2013

Little accidents occurring at home - don't let a scar remind you of your mishap

Most accidents happen at home: A moment of carelessness and it suddenly happens. Luckily most of these small injuries are harmless and can be cared for at home. But how do you treat which type of wound in the best way? When do you need to go to the doctor? And how do you prevent scarring?

The most frequent injuries in everyday life

Apart from falls and the injuries associated with them such as bruises and lacerations, at home it above all comes to cut wounds and burns, respectively scalds. With small injuries luckily a visit to the doctor is not necessary - in most cases when cared for correctly they usually heal without any problems.

This is how you care for each type of injury quickly and correctly

Cuts and wounds

Allow smaller injuries to bleed out to remove possible contaminations and clean the wound if possible briefly under running water, or possibly with a skin disinfectant. Then cover the wound with a plaster to prevent contamination and infections.


Lacerations often arise on the head or above joints and usually bleed quite severely. This bleeding should first be stopped by e.g. applying a sterile compress and fixing it with a gauze bandage. Place a bandage package or similar object over the top and fix it with the remaining gauze bandage. Then see a doctor as soon as possible.

Smaller wounds can be subsequently disinfected and dressed with a plaster. Larger or very severely bleeding wounds should be treated by a doctor as they may possibly require to be closed with clips or sutures.

Scalds and burns

With scalds and burns fast action is especially important. Depending on the size of the affected skin location and severity of the injury such injuries can be life-threatening.

Immediately cool the location with lukewarm water until the pain has subsided (important: do not use cold water!). If it is a smaller injury the location can then be dressed with a burn ointment and sterile covering. Severe injuries must always be treated by a doctor.

The correct follow-up care prevents scars

Especially with deeper injuries such as cut wounds or with larger area wounds there is the danger that unattractive scars will form. With the right follow-up care this danger can be substantially reduced. Regularly treat the injury with Contractubex as soon as the wound has closed or the sutures have been removed. The scar gel contains a unique active substance complex that supports the natural healing processes of the skin and reduces the scar formation. The result: A scar that can hardly be seen and felt.


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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