Patient Handouts : Wound Care for ED&C

Wound Care for Wound Care for ED&C

ED&C is a procedure commonly used for treating mild skin cancers. It stands for electrodessication and curettage.

The wound takes from 3 to 6 weeks to heal, sometimes even longer on the legs.

Ideally, the following care can usually be followed -- however in certain circumstances the protocol may be changed depending on your response.

  • Keep the wound covered with a small bandage (e.g. Bandaid).
  • Change the dressing each day, applying an antibiotic salve each time (Bacitracin or Polysporin). You may gently wash the wound if desired.
  • It is OK to get the wound wet, but make sure you change the dressing if it does get wet -- you do not want to leave a wet dressing on the skin.
  • The first couple weeks the wound is likely to ooze a yellowish fluid.
  • A small amount of pus is OK, but the wound should NOT hurt. It may be tender to the touch.
  • Some redness will develop around the wound; up to about 1/4 inch rim of redness is OK.

Please contact our office for any of the following

  • Pain in the wound
  • Redness extending more than about 1/4 inch from the edge of the wound
  • Large amounts of pus
  • Swelling of the wound or the area around it
  • If, for any reason, you don't think the wound is healing or behaving like it should