Topic of the month – July 2013

A day by the water

Summertime is holiday time. But also in home regions many people are drawn to the beach, the swimming lake or open-air pool when the weather is nice. But what should normally be enjoyable fun can end unpleasantly: A broken piece of glass in the sand or slippery rocks can lead to unpleasant injuries.

Dangerous swimming enjoyment

Every year many people suffer injuries from glass fragments that come from carelessly discarded bottles and which are hidden in the sand or grass. Especially children are at danger, as they often run barefoot and don't pay attention where they walk.

Do yourself and others a favour and make sure you don't leave any glass bottles or any other dangerous objects behind you, but dispose of them in the nearest waste bin.

A glass fragment in your foot - now what?

If you step on a glass fragment by accident in most cases it comes to a deep cut injury that usually bleeds severely. Depending on the severity of the injury you can treat it yourself, or it has to be treated by a doctor.

  • Remove the fragment from the wound and clean it carefully under running water.
  • Smaller cut injuries should be allowed to bleed out and then covered with a plaster, so that they are not contaminated with dirt and no bacteria can penetrate.

This is important to reduce the hazard of infections. If you should have a skin disinfectant at hand then clean the injury with it.

  • If the wound is deep or large you should see a doctor. These injuries often need to be clipped or sutured, and therefore need professional care.

Preventing scars

As with cut injuries also deeper skin layers are injured, the danger of scar formation is especially high. Therefore, after the acute injury has healed the damaged location should be regularly treated with Contractubex. The unique combination of active pharmaceutical agents activates the body's own healing process and supports the formation of unobtrusive and hardly visible scars.


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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