What is an open wound?
Nearly everyone will experience an open wound at some point in their lives. An open wound is an injury that involves a break in the skin. Most of these are minor and can be treated at home. It’s important to seek medical attention if the wound has been bleeding more than 20 minutes or if there is a lot of bleeding.
Types of Open Wounds
Abrasions occur when the skin scrapes or rubs up against a hard or rough surface. There isn’t much bleeding, but the wound does need to be cleaned to avoid infection
An incision is when the skin comes into contact with a sharp object puncturing the skin. These tend to bleed quickly and severely. These types of wounds can damage tendons, ligaments and muscles.
A laceration is a tearing or a deep cut of the skin. The bleeding is rapid and extensive.
A puncture is a small hole caused by a long pointy object, such as a needle or nail. They may not bleed as much, but these can cause deep wounds that can damage internal organs. If you have a puncture wound, visit your doctor for an evaluation. It is also important to get a tetanus booster shot to prevent infection.
When to see a doctor for an open wound:
Bleeding lasts longer than 20 minutes
Open wound is deeper than ½ inch
Bleeding does not stop with direct pressure
Bleeding is the results of a serious accident
Dr. Boris Volshteyn, our board certified plastic surgeon, specializes in the treatment of all types of open wounds. Please call us at 732-641-3550 if you would like to be evaluated by Dr. Volshteyn.