- How to treat gooey gash?
Had a tumble when riding at the weekend and now elbow looks like the below.
Some people here must have a fair bit of experience with wounds, whats the best way of helping this kind of thing heal?
What I’ve been doing so far is periodically cleaning as much as I can bear with surgical spirit applying a bit of savlon and keeping covered with mepore.
Looking online apparently a bit of yellow stuff is a good thing as it keeps the wound moist which helps healing. But I am not sure if it is infected or not, there is not much pain, swelling is fairly minor and the area around the wound is not particularly red but it is just I appear to have a very significant amount of yellow goo.
I’ll be dammed if I actually have to go to the doctor for such a minor injury.
Posted 1 year agorichmtbSubscriber
Wire brush and Dettol.
For those kind of abrasions I normally dowse the area in TCP spray on plaster. It hurts like a motherf but will kill minor infections and protect the wound.
That one looks a bit far gone though I’d be off to MIU with it to check its not too badly infectedPosted 1 year agocrikeyMember
Looks alright to me that.
The yellow stuff is a mixture of serous fluid and white blood cells, if it was green or if you developed an obvious reddening around the wound, or felt a bit feverish or under the weather I would be more concerned.
Try not to disturb the moist gloopy layer over the wound; that’s where the healing is going on.
You could leave it open and it should scab, but you can help it to heal by using a dressing like Tegaderm or some other semi-permeable thing.
*This is advice based on a photo, follow it if you want to…*Posted 1 year agowelshfarmerSubscriber
Get down the vets and grab a tin of this stuff. 🙂Posted 1 year agophiljuniorMember
I think with that level of goo I’d follow the advice to go to minor injuries.
Especially as a doctor has advised that above, and I’ve once had a proper infection and had it blasted (very sucessfully) with 2 or 3 antibiotics and some other drugs – I think I was on 20-30 tablets a day for a week – it was not good though, you don’t want to let it get to that stage (mine was just an insect bite in February!).
I tend to let them breathe as much as possible, which I find is better for avoiding things getting gooey (although might not be possible if you’re wearing shirts and stuff).Posted 1 year agoScienceofficerMember
That goop is blood serum, dead cells and all the waste from the healing process, but it’s got quite a green hue, suggesting you might be culturing something other than new cells. Your actual flesh doesn’t look, or sound (from your description) infected, but it could move that direction fairly soon if you leave the muck to Stew.
I’d be cleaning the goo off, giving it a good clean and re-dressing with some antiseptic, keeping an eye and re-dressing regularly. I’d not be seeking proper medical help whilst I could undertake the same basic stuff as they would.Posted 1 year ago
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