Topic of the month – May 2013

Sport – don't worry, just go for it!

Summer is the time to go outside and get moving. Cycling, in-line skating and climbing are just some of the sports growing in popularity. As with any sport, there is a risk of injury. Cuts and abrasions are particularly common.

But that’s no reason to stay inside. Thanks to Contractubex® injuries don’t need to leave lasting marks.

Abrasions happen when the skin is scraped against a rough surface such as asphalt. They can be quite large, moist and painful. Abrasions need to be cared for if they are to heal properly without infection.

Cuts or lacerations are particularly awkward when they are on knees, elbows or other areas where the skin is stretched over the bone. Movement of the joint makes it harder for the skin to heal over. Large or deep cuts should be seen by a doctor and may need stitches to prevent them from re-opening.

The proper way to take care of a wound:

1. Cleaning

Wounds that occur during sport are often dirty. Wash the wound carefully with flowing water or a mild disinfectant.

2. Protection

Cover the wound with a plaster or bandage to prevent it from getting dirty or sticking to your clothing.

3. Medical attention

You do not need to go to see a doctor because of a small cut or scratch. But if your wound is particularly long or deep it may need stitches.

4. Scar prevention

Wounds that need stitches may well leave a scar. Once the stitches have been removed you should 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.

Exercise is healthy and the risk of injury or scarring is no reason to stop enjoying sport. And if you do pick up a cut or braise from time to time, you can always use Contractubex® to help the wound heal.


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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