In order for a wound to heal, it has to be balance between its fluid level and dryness as well. If a wound is too dry, it can create scab and eventually scar when it is healed. But when a wound is too wet, it can cause infection or a wound that won’t stop to weep. So it is always best when a wound is kept at its balanced moist level.
In weeping wound, we have to understand that sometimes a wound can weep or discharge a clear fluid and it is a good sign of your wound healing process. However, when a wound will not stop to weep especially the pus is yellow – ish or greenish in color, then it can be a sign that your wound is not healing properly.
Reasons For Your Weeping Wound
There are several reasons that can be the cause behind your weeping wound. Here we are talking of weeping wound that happen after your wound is being well – cleaned and well – dressed with the right ointment and being covered with gauze or bandage.
Infection – The first possible reason of your wound that is weeping is that it is infected with fungus or other bacteria that is roaming around in the air. If your wound is being infected, not only it can discharge yellow or greenish fluid but the discharge can also create a foul odor.
In this case of weeping wound the discomfort can be followed by pain, irritation and swelling on your wound as well as on the surrounding area of your wound. Your general health can also be affected when your wound is infected, you can experience fever or malaise following an infected wound.
Extreme moist – While it is true that it is good to keep your wound covered or closed to prevent it from infection, but if you leave in a very humid area and you naturally tend to sweat more, your wound can also create discharge that can make your wound weep in a longer period of time.
Some people also can have a naturally more oily skin type so their skin might have higher moisture level compared to other people who have dry skin type. In this case, there is higher possibility for a wound to weep and it might be better to let the wound to dry out in order for it to heal.
Healing – There is another reason why your wound is weeping and it is positive. Your wound might also weep or discharging fluid when it is going to heal. As we touched in the opening of this article, a wound might also discharge some clear fluid when it is healing.
Your body might produce this clear fluid in order to flush out all the small dirt that is present on your wound. This fluid also transports bacteria away. The other good thing that this fluid does is transporting the nutrition into your wound. It also provides your wound and the surrounding skin cell the needed nutrition so it can heal properly.
How to dry up a weeping wound
When you find your wound is weeping it is important to understand first the reason why it weeps so that we can decide how to treat it.
If your wound is weeping because of infection, you have to seek help from your doctor so that the infection will not cause any further side effect to your wound nor to your general health.
If your wound is weeping because it is too moist, there are several things that you can do to stop it from weeping and prevent it from further infection. These steps include:
Give your wound pressure – This step is similar with the first step that you have to take when you are wounded the first time and you would like to stop your wound from bleeding.
Giving your wound some pressure can also prevent it from weeping too much. You can use clean gauze as well as clean soft cloth to give your wound the necessary pressure.
Check for debris – When your wound still has some debris that are present, it can cause your body to naturally produce fluid to flush out all the remaining debris from your wound. Clean this remaining debris before it causes further infection on your wound.
A good irrigation from running water followed with a gentle rub with clean gauze can help you clean your wound from the remaining debris. If the debris is a bit big, you can use also tweezers that have been cleaned with alcohol to take out this dirt from your wound.
Let your wound dry out – Once your wound is cleaned well but it is still weeping, let your wound dry out for a little bit. You can let your wound breathe for a little bit before covering it back with gauze or bandage. This step is best to do when you are inside your house and not while you are out and bout surrounded by dust and polluted air.
Especially if you have naturally more oily skin or you have the tendency to sweat more than normal, refrain from using ointment that is high in moisture level such as most of the herbal oil or coconut oil straight away after your wound happened.
This dressing may be better to use once your wound is getting better and a bit drier and no longer weeping so that this ointment can help your wound not to form tough scab that can lead to permanent scar eventually.
Maintain hygiene level – All of these steps are important to be done hygienically so that your wound can heal properly and no other side effect will occur.