Does My Wound Need Treatment?General
Typically, a wound will heal on its own and one that is healing normally will have a bright, beefy red color. But, a wound that is darker in color and has red streaks may be signs that it’s not healing properly.
If you are experiencing any of the following issues with a wound, then you should seek medical attention:
- Bleeding that soaks the dressing
- Pink fluid weeping from the wound
- Increased drainage or drainage that is yellow, yellow-green, or foul-smelling
- Increased swelling or pain, or redness or swelling in the skin around the wound
- A change in the color of the wound An increase in the size of the wound
- A fever over 101°F, increased fatigue, or a loss of appetite
How to Prevent Wound Infection
There are steps you can take to prevent a wound from becoming infected. Follow these guidelines:
- Wash the wound right away with soap and water
- Apply a small amount of over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
- Cover wounds with a bandage or gauze dressing
- Keep the wound clean and dry for the first 24 hours
- Change the dressing daily using sterile gloves
If you’re concerned that a wound isn’t healing properly, please speak with your primary physician for a professional opinion.
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