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The skin is the body’s first line of defense against infection. If a wound is uncovered bacteria may invade the body.
If a wound is serious, very deep or large, or shows signs of infection, seek medical help. Signs of infection are colored discharge, tenderness and pain around the site, warmth at the site, foul odor, refusal to heal in a timely manner, and possibly a pink line from the wound moving up or down a limb from the wound site. This is a serious finding and requires immediate medical care.
We do heal more slowly as we age, or if diet is poor, but do seek attention for any wound that does not heal in a timely manner.
NOTE: If your loved one has a wound that is being cared for by a medical professional, follow their instructions on care.
If a dressing becomes wet or dirty change it.
For minor wounds that do not require medical intervention to properly heal, use the following process for applying and changing a dressing:
NOTE: This information is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider. BayPath is not liable or responsible for the opinion of the author. Reliance on any information provided is solely at your own risk.