Were you in a minor scuffle and noticed your wound isn’t healing properly? If so, getting your injury checked by your physician might be a good idea. We will discuss the signs to look out for when dealing with a wound or injury that indicate a professional should see it.
At Transmountain Primary Care in El Paso, we specialize in wound care and can make sure your recovery process is quick and easy. If you or someone you know requires wound care, call our office at (915) 248-2345 or contact us online today!
When to Call Your Doctor
It’s a common scenario for people that if they see a wound on themselves, they will try to take care of it on their own. In some cases, they can successfully heal the wound using home remedies. However, in other situations, the wound may not heal on its own due to infection, or the wound is more serious than you realize. Read below for a list of signs if you need to seek out wound care from a physician.
- Continued Pain- It’s normal to experience pain within a few minutes following the injury; however, it should subside after a day.
- Swelling or Redness- Similar to the pain following an injury, redness, and swelling are normal. However, the inflammation should go down after a couple of days.
- Odor or fluid/pus drainage- Some fluid is common on wounds, especially if it’s a post-surgical wound. If the fluid is cloudy or green and has a foul odor is usually a sign of an infection.
- High Fever- During recovery from surgery, it’s normal to have a low-grade fever. However, if it gets over 101 degrees, see your physician immediately.
- Dark Edging Around Wound- If the skin is dark around your wound, it means there isn’t proper blood flow to your wound.
- Prior Difficulties With Healing- If you’ve run into trouble with your wounds healing previously, it’s a good idea to seek wound care from your physician sooner rather than later.
- Pre-Existing Medical Conditions- Conditions like diabetes, vascular diseases, cardiac disease, and certain disorders of the immune system can affect your wound healing.
- Non-stop Bleeding- If your wound doesn’t stop bleeding after about 5-10 minutes of continued pressure, see your physician immediately.
- Large Wound- If the wound is over ½ inch deep, then it may require stitches, staples, or other methods that can only be issued by a professional.
Wound Care in El Paso
If you notice any of the scenarios listed above happening to your wound, our physicians at Transmountain Primary Care can help. Some of the most common wound treatments we offer care for are arterial wounds, burns, surgical wounds, lacerations, and many others. If you don’t see your type of wound listed on our wound care page, give our office a call so we can see how we can assist you. We also offer suture application and removal!