What is a wound?
What is an open wound?
What is a closed wound?
Closed wounds occur without any exposure to the underlying damaged tissue and organs and are generally caused through blunt trauma. Types of closed wounds include:
- Crush injuries
Abrasions occur as a result of minor contact or scraping the skin against a rough surface, commonly through the action of falling over. Children tend to get them when falling over during outdoor activities, such as riding a bike or playing football. They typically only affect the epidermis - the outer layer of skin. However, these wounds can become more serious in certain cases where the abrasions affect a wide area of the body or are deeper into the skin tissue.
A laceration wound is caused by skin tissue tearing from an external force. Due to the high level of force, the edges of the skin around the wound are not as smooth as incisions and therefore can lead to very prominent scarring if a proper wound care routine is not practiced.
Lacerations heal a lot slower in comparison to an incision wound because the tear in the skin tissue is much more jagged. They can typically affect the deeper tissues within the body such as: bones, blood vessels, muscles, ligaments, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and other internal organs.
These wounds usually affect the areas of the body that are very close to the bone, such as your knees, elbows, shins, forehead and skullcap. Read more on how to treat lacerations.
Typically, incision wounds heal much quicker than other types of wounds due to the smoother skin edges around the cut. This means scarring from deep incision wounds is less prominent in comparison to other types of wounds.
How to tell if your wound is clean or infected
How do I make sure my wound is clean
All wounds that lack immediate threat should be cleaned as soon as possible using Elastoplast Wound Spray to avoid different types of wound infections. Most wounds can be treated at home and the first step in the healing process is to clean the wound in order to avoid scabbing.
Please note that, although these were compiled with great care, the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice regardless of what you have learned on this website.
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