Your doctor has performed a procedure called an ED&C (electrodessication and curettage), also known as a “scrape and burn.” The procedure consists of “scraping” out the skin lesion using an instrument called a curette. Then, low-level electrodessication is used to destroy the skin cells and to control bleeding during the procedure.

To ensure a well-healed wound, these instructions should be followed.

1) A pressure bandage has been applied to the ED&C site. Keep dry and remove the bandage after 24 hours.

2) The wound may have a brown “crusting” on top after the procedure is completed. This is normal.

3) Clean the site with gentle soap and water and pat dry.

4) Apply a small amount of Aquaphor, Vaseline or Mupirocin Ointment (if prescribed) to the site(s). *Do not use hydrogen peroxide or over-the-counter antibacterial ointments unless directed by your provider.

5) Cover the site(s) with a bandage.

6) Do NOT pick at the site(s). This will increase scarring. Do NOT let a scab form. Scabs impede healing. For those difficult areas to bandage (i.e. scalp, behind ears, lips, etc.) keep the area clean and apply a good amount of ointment to the site(s) at all times.

7) Continue wound care until healed. The healing process can take 1 to 4 weeks. It is normal for sites located on the legs to take longer to heal.

8) During the healing process you may notice the wound is moist with a clear to yellowish drainage and a red ring may develop around the wound. This is normal

9) Use acetaminophen (Tylenol) if you have discomfort. If you are not able to take Tylenol, please contact our office for an alternative.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ED&C procedure, please contact our office at (561) 498-4407.

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