Weeping wounds: too much of a good thing

Wound fluid – known in medical language as ‘exudate’ – is a characteristic of the acute phase of wound healing. This fluid comes from blood and lymph vessels, transports cell debris and bacteria away, and forms a conducive environment for the immune system. 

Is it good or bad if a wound weeps?

Basically, such secretions from the wound are therefore a good sign. But too much can soften the edges of the wound and endanger healing; they also provide a nutritional environment for microorganisms. It is therefore important to absorb excess exudate without drying the wound out. Moisture management is best done using special plasters made of hydrocolloids or alginates.

Seek medical advice

A case for the physician: puncture wounds – especially involving foreign objects – animal scratches and bites, large-scale burns and heavily bleeding wounds should be treated by a physician.