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Why do open wounds weep?

Why do open wounds weep?

Postby mommyoftwins » Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:56 am

I was just wondering why open wounds weep fluid and what is it? and where does all that fluid come from? It never donned on me to ask the doc....you would think I would be curious. :roll:

My wound is now starting to close up but the fluid just keeps on comming!! It is really gross.
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Postby r41pi » Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:43 am

Sorry, I don't know the answer to your question, but are you talking about your drain hole? Cause mine is weeping just a bit. And my drain is still in.
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Postby jpierga » Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:53 am

i think the fluid has to do with the new skin forming and where the skin wasnt it fills with fluid so the draining should go down as u heal i am sick of leaking 2!
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Postby mommyoftwins » Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:20 am

r41- I am referring to my necrosis wound. I am still healing and now that my wound is closing it is weeping fluid more than ever. Quite disgusting!! :?

JP I think my question is what is the purpouse of the draining fluid? In a regular scrape or cut, even one that gets stitched...there is no draining fluid...why do these wounds heal this way....I never asked my PS...I really don't ask him anything.....I freeze up in there.
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Postby jpierga » Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:24 am

MINE IS LEAKING MORE NOW 2 I HATE IT GRRRRRRRRRRR
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Postby r41pi » Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:50 pm

I'm really thinking of calling my ps's nurse tomorrow and asking her about my drain weeping, and the fact that it's really red and irritated around it. I really just want them to say go ahead and take it out. My appt is not until Thursday and I'm soooooo ready for this to be gone.
If I call I ask about the weeping thing.

Just thought of something. After my shower today, my wound had fluid drain from it. I think at the time I thought it was just water. But it had been like an hour after my shower. hmmmmm

This is the first day I've noticed this. GROSSSSSS!!!!
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Postby jpierga » Sun Sep 07, 2008 2:09 pm

r41pi wrote:I'm really thinking of calling my ps's nurse tomorrow and asking her about my drain weeping, and the fact that it's really red and irritated around it. I really just want them to say go ahead and take it out. My appt is not until Thursday and I'm soooooo ready for this to be gone.
If I call I ask about the weeping thing.

Just thought of something. After my shower today, my wound had fluid drain from it. I think at the time I thought it was just water. But it had been like an hour after my shower. hmmmmm

This is the first day I've noticed this. GROSSSSSS!!!!


My drains were the same way but i think they were just irratated I got them out on po day 6 so thankfully that stopped it after that
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Postby maria00 » Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:00 pm

With necrosis, your wound will turn black and look leathery. Sometimes blisters appear. Your body will start to debride itself then start the healing process. When it debrides, it starts to actually "melt" all the dead tissue away. This is that watery substance. THis healing process can take 3-6 mo or even more to complete. Does your ps scape it out?

All ps have different ways of dealing with necrosis as you have read on this board. It all depends on their training and philosophies. Mine had me take 2-3 showers a day and apply vaseline on my necrosis. He'd wipe it out about 1x a week. It grew back white tissue (where my old bb was) and it healed. My incision separation grew back pink colored tissue and is still healing. It takes time, but you'll get there!! Hope this helps.
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Postby mommyoftwins » Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:39 pm

Maria- I think you meant 3-6 weeks right? Yeah I am pretty well versed on the care by now and the healing process...I pm you about 3 weeks ago and you gave me a ton of info...thanks for that. My wound is closing now. The question was asked of me why is my wound weeping? I did not have an answer.....Even now after the walls are starting to close it continues to weep fluid. ..

Bikinidream - If you read this post do you have and idea as to why and where that fluid is comming from???????
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Postby kelseybel » Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:55 pm

Hey mommyoftwins, how are you healing? I am sure it's getting better and better each day.

My theory as to why wounds weep..........when they are in the healing stage there is increased cellular activity in the wound, to rebuild the tissue and get rid of the old stuff. Our bodies naturally drain fluid due to the increase of cells and tissue growth. Water wants to find a way out, it goes to the where the "action" is and then leaks out. I know, not very technical but that is my crazy mind working for ya!

The weeping is good, annoying but good. Just keep it covered and clean and moist. The drainage provides a warm, moist environment which is great for healing. That's why some of the products on the market, like algasite and aquacel work so well. They break down to a gel substance, which keeps the wound moist as it heals. As long as there is not a foul odor, it should be OK. Hang in there, I'll bet it's almost closed now huh???

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Postby mommyoftwins » Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:52 pm

Hi Kelsybel....Yes, healing much better now. It feels like it happened all of a sudden. I woke up one day and the walls were closing in!! The hole is maybe the size of a nickel...if at that....I can bearly pack it. I started to massage the area a bit because it felt so hard. Do you think it is a bad idea? I was going to go to my PCP for wound care but because I have an HMO I am scared to share too much info with them, if I don't have to. It was my husbands idea not to go. I get so many answers here anyway. I hope you are doing well!!! How is your healing by the way?
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Postby r41pi » Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:31 am

I just called my ps's nurse, she asked how much was weeping, I told her less than 1cc each time, she said that is ok. Not to worry. Only if it was excessive amount of fluid or looked like pus.

Just thought I'd let everyone know.
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Postby jpierga » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:04 am

JP I think my question is what is the purpouse of the draining fluid? In a regular scrape or cut, even one that gets stitched...there is no draining fluid...why do these wounds heal this way....I never asked my PS...I really don't ask him anything.....I freeze up in there.[/quote]

oh well i think its just part of the healing process no big explaination here lol i have had 3 surgeries not heal properly and everytime they leak fluid thankfully only one time did i have an infection
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Postby bellywobbler » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:14 pm

Hiya

You leak because of the inflammatory response and the body attempting to repair itself.

With inflammation the vessels become more permeable and leak fluid. Fluid that contains lots of stuff for wound healing...

So in a way, if its normal exudate its fine,,,if it isnt you need it swabbing! You can usually tell by texture, colour, smell and amount

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inflammation

a little lesson on wound healing!!!! Hope it helps

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Postby Mamma_of_3 » Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:09 pm

You know, mine is also leaking fluid. I had an infection so my PS had to reopen my scar on both sides, one side is fine and drying up nice but the other, where the infection was had a stitch come out, and my PS told me today that it is fine, it's just the same fluid that comes out in the drain, it just has a way out of a stitch. He wants to see me back in about a week to check on fluid since he took out the drain, but he told me today that the amount was ok, it's just not drying up because of the fluid-your body's way of healing, its what causes your swelling, the fluid.

I went back to work today, and it seems to be draning a tad more than it was yesterday and today, but it's not excessive. Im about to put some gauze on it to try to get it to stop, so it's not all over my clothing. Oh well...on with the healing!
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