How can you tell if a wound is draining?

How can you tell if a wound is draining?

If you have an open wound, you may notice that the fluid draining from the site is often something other than bright red blood. If the drainage is pale red, or if you see a clear liquid mixed with the blood, it’s probably serosanguinous drainage.

What color do wounds turn when healing?

As a wound continues to heal, the red tissue will transition to a lighter pink color, which is a very good sign for the patient. This pink tissue is known as Epithelial tissue and its formation is an indication that the wound is entering the final stages of healing.

What color is a infected wound?

Serous (a clear yellow or straw colour) and haemoserous (light pink or red and watery) exudates are normally present in a wound. A purulent discharge (characterised by a viscous dull red, grey or greenish fluid) may signify infection especially if malodour is present.

What kind of dressing should you use on a wound?

Dressing the wound. The dressing chosen by your doctor depends on the type and severity of the wound. In most cases of chronic wounds, the doctor will recommend a moist dressing. Relieving pain with medications.

How does medicine affect the healing of wounds?

Medicines – certain drugs or treatments used in the management of some medical conditions may interfere with the body’s healing process. Smoking – cigarette smoking impairs healing and increases the risk of complications. Varicose veins – restricted blood flow and swelling can lead to skin break down and persistent ulceration.

What should I do if I have a wound that is causing pain?

If your wound is causing discomfort, tell your doctor. The doctor may suggest that you take over-the-counter drugs such as paracetamol or may prescribe stronger pain-killing medication. Treating signs of infection including pain, pus and fever. The doctor will prescribe antibiotics and antimicrobial dressings if necessary.

What happens if you expose a wound to the air?

Exposing a wound to the open air can drop its temperature and may slow healing for a few hours. Don’t use antiseptic creams, washes or sprays on a chronic wound. These preparations are poisonous to the cells involved in wound repair.