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What are treatments for a weeping wound?

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Weeping wounds are not generally treated other than being covered with a simple dressing or bandage, according to doctors at HealthTap. A weeping leg wound might benefit from compression, but this treatment needs to be determined by a clinician upon examination.

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Fluid containing protein, water, electrolytes and cells responsible for its color can drain from an open wound, explains doctors at HealthTap. This process is natural and aids in healing. As the wound heals, drainage decreases. Weeping from a surgical wound should last no longer than several days. The oozing consists of fluid and/or blood. Post operative draining liquid that appears to be creamy likely indicates the presence of an infection. Continual drainage from a wound that was completely closed following surgery is abnormal and could also indicate infection.

Traumatic wounds are the most common of wound types, notes Monmouth Medical Center. These include incisions, contusions, abrasions and cuts. Incisions produce clean cuts, such as those made by a scalpel or other sharp instrument. The skin's surface is not broken when a person suffers a contusion, but underlying tissues are injured. The skin's surface is removed in the case of an abrasion, while cuts often involve only minor breaks in the skin. When the skin is irregularly torn as in the case of a gunshot or stab wound, the traumatic wound is called a laceration. Chronic wounds, or wounds that are not healing on their own, require special medical attention.

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