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Wound Cleaning

What is a wound?

Wounds are injuries which break the skin or other body tissues. Wounds include scrapes, scratches, cuts and punctured skin. generally, wounds which are minor usually aren't serious, but it is very important to clean them. Serious and infected wounds can require first aid followed by a visit to the doctor. A person should seek attention if the wound is deep, a person cannot stop the bleeding or get the dirt out, or it does not heal.

What is surgical wound?

An incision is cut through the skin made during the surgery procedure. It is also known as a "surgical wound." To close the incision, the doctor used one of the following:

  • Stitches (sutures)
  • Clips
  • Staples
  • Skin glue
  • Proper wound care helps in preventing infection and reduces scarring
How to care for your wound?

When a patient comes home after surgery, they may have a dressing on their wound. Dressings do several things, including:

  • Protect the wound from germs
  • Reduce the risk of infection
  • Cover the wound so that stitches do not catch on the clothing
  • Protect the area as it heals
  • Soak up any fluids that leak from the wound
When to see a doctor?

Call your doctor if there are any of the following changes around the incision:

  • More redness or pain
  • Swelling or bleeding
  • The wound is larger or deeper
  • The wound looks dried out or dark
  • If the drainage coming from or around the incision increases or becomes thick, tan, green, or yellow, or smells bad (pus).