Does My Wound Need Treatment?
If you’re concerned that a wound isn’t healing properly, we urge you to see your primary physician for a professional opinion. If you are experiencing any of the following issues, 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 101.0°F, increased fatigue, or a loss of appetite
A wound that is healing normally will have a bright, beefy red color, whereas a wound that is not healing normally tends to be darker in color and have red streaks. Sometimes abscesses may form around the wound, which will require drainage.
If oral antibiotics, ointment, and other traditional medical treatments don’t heal the wound, then your physician may recommend you to the Advanced Wound Care Center at St. Joseph Medical Center. Depending on the nature of the wound, healing may take six to 16 weeks.
Preventing Wound Infection
In the meantime, follow these guidelines to prevent wound infection:
- Wash the wound right away with soap and water.
- Apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment. You can buy this at the drugstore without a prescription.
- 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.
- Notify your primary care physician.
Have more questions about wound care or the types of wounds we treat? Call the Advanced Wound Care Center at 713.356.7820.