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Chafing

Chafing is a common skin issue due to a combination of friction, irritating fabric and moisture. Prolonged rubbing on the skin causes it to sting or burn followed by a mild, reddened rash. In severe cases, chafing can be accompanied by bleeding, swelling or crusting. Chafing is likely to occur on body parts that rub […]

Decubitus ulcer

A decubitus ulcer is an open wound on the skin. It often occurs on the skin overlying bony areas. The usual sites where a decubitus ulcer forms include: Back Hip Ankle Buttock The condition is prevalent among the old individuals, those with diminished mobility, those who spend extended hours in a wheelchair or bed, those […]

Purulent drainage

Purulent drainage is a form of fluid released from a wound. It is often described as “milky” in appearance and an indication of an infection. If an individual is recuperating from a wound, it is vital to monitor the drainage. Characteristics Purulent drainage can be described as: Thick or dense consistency “Milk-like” appearance Distinct scent […]

Puncture wound injury

A puncture wound can be shallow or deep. The treatment for the wound is based on its seriousness as well as the size and object responsible. In addition, the treatment is also based on whether the object is still left in the body or removed. Any object that protrudes out of the skin is called […]

Third-degree burn

A third-degree burn is a serious form of burn. It affects all the skin layers and might involve damage to other underlying tissues beneath the skin. The injury can be deep that only the borders recuperate. Scars will later cover the burned area if a skin graft is not carried out. What are the possible […]

Splinters

Splinters are defined as foreign bodies that are partly or completely embedded into the skin. A splinter is usually wood but other materials such as glass, metal or plastic can also be considered as splinters. In most cases, it can be removed with medical care. If fully embedded, it has a unique sensation. Remember that […]

Lionfish sting

A lionfish is a venomous fish species that camouflages itself against rocky terrains or coral reefs. It is covered with prickly spines that contain toxic venom. Even though they do not attack humans, they can be territorial and cause painful stings with the potential to release venom. A lionfish sting can occur if exposed to […]

Coral cuts

Coral cuts can occur since their exoskeletons can be sharp and rigid. Injuries can occur after accidental contact that usually leaves a small amount of animal protein and calcareous substance in the wound. Even though coral cuts are relatively small and appear harmless, they might rapidly develop into infected wounds. Take note that some corals […]

Moray eel bite

A moral eel is a fish species with an elongated, snake-like form that can deliver a serious laceration or loss of a finger or toe. It is not aggressive but might attack if it feels threatened. What are the symptoms? The indications of a moral eel bite can range from minor or severe which generally […]