what are the effects of salty ocean water on wounds? Is it ok to swim with open wounds, or should you cover them?

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what are the effects of salty ocean water on wounds? Is it ok to swim with open wounds, or should you cover them?

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It’s not so much the salt that would cause problems. It’s the other things in the water that could.

It depends how healed it is and how large/deep the wound is. In general I’d advise against it. But if you’re talking about a little scratch, then you’ll be fine (or… May be fine).

While ocean salts could help to heal wounds due to antiseptical properties it’s most likely that ocean water will expose you to bacteria which could lead to infections

In some parts of the ocean there are critters that burrow into open wounds. Check with a local doctor.

While the other posts all seem to be concerned with microbial infection, this is really not that much of a concern with ocean swimming. Microbes that can survive in non-stagnant salt water have very little overlap with microbes that can live in or on a human (fresh water swimming is much more likely to result in infection).

Personally and according to much passed-down wisdom (and no science that I’m aware of), swimming in salt water is absolutely amazing for minor cuts and abrasions and will drastically reduce healing times and scar formation.

Ocean water contains a ton of these little viruses called bacteriophages. They are harmless to humans but absolutely lethal to bacteria. They are microscopic bacteria murder machines. Swimming in seawater is great for minor cuts and abrasions. Have a nice swim my friend!