Treatment of wounds from fights with cockroaches.


Cocky Roach

Lately I do seem to be injured rather a lot.  I fall over things, or walk into sharp things, or use dangerous tools with insufficient caution. I have been so careful not to fall off things, like my ever-expanding jungle gym, that I have fallen prey to lesser risks.  Or been over-bold in situations demanding caution.

My recent fight with a cockroach is a case in point. I lost, and bled a good deal. In trying to create more space for storage  in the garages, I took a large folded sheet of thick foam rubber out onto the tarred roadway to shake it out. The minute I opened it, several large cockroaches dived out of the folds. As I indicated some years ago in my Really Awful Rhyme on The Friendly Cockroach, I am not too tolerant of such creatures, and so I did a little Zulu war-dance to stomp on them.  The foam unfolded and expanded in such a way that while my body was taking a step forward, my foot wasn’t. I came down hard on one knee on the tarmac — to see the wound, you would imagine I had come off a motorbike.

Anyway, I cleaned it up and gave it a dressing which badly needed  renewal this evening. My idea of treatment has always been to slosh undiluted Dettol all over everywhere in washing wounds out, and then pop on a plaster – waterproof, if I have one.  Lacking a big enough plaster, I had to use gauze.

Anyway, before carrying on tonight, I did some googling. All the systems I have used for decades have been wrong, it would appear. Cleaning should have been in a light dilution of the antiseptic (undiluted is heavily frowned upon), and that should be washed off and allowed to dry before dripping a half dilution of 3% peroxide into the wound until drops applied stop bubbling, and then putting on the dressing. No more antiseptic should be applied. Nor should self-medication-type antibiotics necessarily be used, unless signs of infection appear. In other words, natural defenses should be encouraged to operate as far as possible. The recommended leaving open to the air is not practicable, though, given our eager flies and various grubby things that would rub against it, so I have now followed an alternative route involving gauze covered with Vaseline and fastened with adhesive bandage .

Do you take your antiseptic straight?

© February 2018 Colonialist

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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29 Responses to Treatment of wounds from fights with cockroaches.

  1. Doesn’t neat antiseptic make you ( or me) scream ??????

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  2. Tokeloshe says:

    That’s one bug I definitely don’t miss.

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  3. That’ll teach you to google.
    Stay away from it it will cause more harm than good.

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    • colonialist says:

      The first thing my new phone did was to insist I got onto google. I resisted all I could, but finally gave in.

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      • My new phone is owned and run and operated at the pleasure of google and I’m not a happy little Vegemite let me tell you. I can’t even get rid of it from MY phone I have it like it or not.
        I rarely use it or even turn it on now, Just keep it for emergencies

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        • colonialist says:

          I am having issues with mine, It seems that if I want to import its pictures I have to first import (and pay for) a Zip programme, Grrrr. I did manage to install my wallpaper of choice, but it doesn’t seem happy to let me use the ringtone I insist upon (because I composed it).

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  4. libraschild says:

    ugh grossed out by the roach taking you out and cringing at the dettol!

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  5. When I grew up I stopped getting scabs on my knees 🙂

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  6. de Wets Wild says:

    Sounds like the cockroaches have won the battle, but I am sure the war continues?

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  7. Calmgrove says:

    I suffer in silence. With a stiff upper lip, of course.

    No, seriously, I’m with The Asian on this, oodles of clean water and then, depending on whether it’s scratch, graze, cut or wound, some sort of protective cover (graze, plaster) if needed. Occasionally just an antiseptic spray is OK and the spot left for a scab to be Nature’s plaster.

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  8. elspethc says:

    Everything changes, but especially our own hand/eye/feet/ reaction time coordination, and brain doesn’t seem to catch up. It’s just saying Nah, used to do it this way, … oops…
    re the dettol etc, my Chinese family still threw iodine on everything, kids screaming that cure worse than scratch. Reminds me of the don’t eat butter, do eat butter debates… who knows?
    Take care…

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  9. I usually read the instructions, however, I am a big fan of cooled boiled water (obviously) and heavily sprinkled with salt. A natural antiseptic and used for centuries.

    My late husband, also a natural handyman, suffered from frequent head injuries, it was almost as if he didn’t notice there was some obsticle only an inche above his head. He blamed his lack of hair and was convinced that hair gives out warning signals. Who knows, maybe he was right! Get well soon Les

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  10. Colline says:

    I think the way of treating wounds have changed over the years. Who knows, it may one day change back to the way that was working for you all those years ago.

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  11. The Asian says:

    I haven’t used antiseptic in years… I normally just wash it with a bit of soapy water then cover it up until a scab has formed

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