How to keep clean and fresh after Surgery

Woman recovering in bed after surgery with a pack of FreshWipes next to her


After undergoing surgery, it can be difficult to keep yourself clean and fresh if you are unable to take a shower. This may be due to a number of reasons, such as a lack of mobility, difficulty standing for long periods of time, or restrictions placed on you by your doctor. However, there are still ways to maintain personal hygiene and prevent infection during your recovery period.

One of the most important things you can do to stay clean and fresh after surgery is to practice good hygiene. This includes washing your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom or touching any bandages or surgical sites. You should also avoid touching your face or any open wounds, as this can introduce bacteria and increase the risk of infection.

In addition to practicing good hygiene, it is also important to keep your incision site clean. This can be done by gently cleaning the area with soap and water, or by using a saline solution. Be sure to pat the area dry with a clean towel, and avoid rubbing or scrubbing the area, as this can cause irritation. If you have any dressings or bandages on your incision site, be sure to follow your doctor's instructions for changing and caring for them.

If you are unable to take a shower, you can still keep your body clean by using Freshwipes body wipes or freshly laundered flannels to cleanse your skin. Our gentle Chlorhexidine wipes will remove the bacteria on your skin that cause odour and leave you feeling fresh and clean..  Please avoid using our adult wipes over the incision site or getting the fluid into your wound unless you have been advised to by your GP.

If you've been told to avoid getting areas wet perhaps due to having a cast on your skin and you need to wash your hair, then why not consider our shampoo caps?  The FreshWipes Shampoo Cap is a quick, easy and waterless way to wash your hair without showering.  The shampoo in a cap contains all the liquid you will need to wash your hair inside, so you don't need to worry about getting in the shower or bath.  Your hair will feel fresh and clean after and no rinsing is required!

Another way to stay clean and fresh after surgery is to wear clean, loose-fitting clothing. This will help to prevent irritation and discomfort, and will also help to prevent infection. Be sure to change your clothes frequently, especially if they become soiled or damp. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing or clothing that rubs against your incision site, as this can cause irritation and discomfort.

In addition to practicing good hygiene and wearing clean clothes, you can also stay fresh and clean by keeping your surroundings clean. This includes regularly changing your bedding and towels, and making sure that your living space is free from clutter and dust. You should also avoid using any perfumes or scented products, as these can be irritating to your skin and incision site.

If you are unable to shower after surgery, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. This will help to flush toxins from your body and keep your skin hydrated. You can also use a humidifier in your living space to add moisture to the air, which can help to keep your skin from becoming dry and irritated.

Overall, staying clean and fresh after surgery may require some extra effort, but it is important for preventing infection and promoting healing. By practicing good hygiene, keeping your incision site clean, wearing clean clothes, and maintaining a clean living space, you can help to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

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