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Wound Management

Excoriating (weepy) wounds

Authors: Hasan Gökcer Tekin, MD, Christian Kaare Paaskesen, Med. Stud, Magnus Avnstorp, MD, Bjørn Thomas Crewe, MD and Consultant wound specialist

Definition: Epidermal wound caused by high levels of exudates (often edematous legs)

Description: Superficial wound bed with maceration of wound edges. Inflammation and reddening /eczema of periwound skin.

Treatment aim: Reducing inflammation, eczema and absorbing exudate from periwound skin

Wound dressing (dry wounds): N/A (see re-epithelializing wounds)

Wound dressing (wet wounds): Zink paste, superabsorbent dressing, steroid crèmes, elastic compression, potassium permanganate baths

Wound exampels:

Excoriating leg ulcer

Frontal view of leg ulcer. Excoriating superficial wound with maceration of wound edges. Periwound skin with inflammation and eczema.
Lateral view of leg ulcer. Excoriating superficial wound with maceration of wound edges. Periwound skin with inflammation and eczema.
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