Many of us have experienced at least one cut, scrape, or minor wound. Whether it be from a paper cut or tripping and falling. Wounds do happen but thankfully it’s usually easy to take care of them! That said, if you have a deep wound or if the wound is bleeding heavily, or has debris lodged in it, make sure you seek emergency care!
Minor wounds can be treated at home with a few simple steps. In this article, we take a look at the different types of open wounds, how to treat them at home, and possible complications you should know!
What Are the Different Types of Open Wounds?
Before we dive into how to treat wounds, it’s important to know that there are different types of open wounds. The first being an abrasion which happens when your skin scrapes against a rough surface. This type of wound doesn’t usually cause a lot of bleeding but still needs to be cleaned.
Next, a laceration is a tearing in the skin. These are commonly caused by tools or knives and often result in extensive bleeding. Further, a puncture wound is a small hole caused by a nail or similar object. This type of wound may not bleed a lot but it can be deep, which may damage your internal organs.
Finally, you may also experience an avulsion. Healthline describes it as, “…a partial or complete tearing away of skin and the tissue beneath.” In most cases, this type of wound will require emergency care immediately.