Does My Wound Need Treatment?

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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