Wound Care

Management Of Wounds Including Diagnosis & Treatment

A wound is an injury to the body which typically involves damage (breaking) of the skin. Common wounds may include cuts, lacerations, scrapes, scratches, or punctured skin.  

The monitoring and evaluation of existing wounds are crucial to the prevention of infection and other health complications. At King Street Medical, our doctors are trained to treat a variety of open and closed wounds.

Wound Care

Management Of Wounds Including Diagnosis & Treatment

A wound is an injury to the body which typically involves damage (breaking) of the skin. Common wounds may include cuts, lacerations, scrapes, scratches, or punctured skin.  

The monitoring and evaluation of existing wounds are crucial to the prevention of infection and other health complications. At King Street Dental, our doctors are trained to treat a variety of open and closed wounds.

Open Wound vs Closed Wound

An open wound is a wound where the underlying tissue is exposed to the environment, such as cuts, scrapes, and punctures.  

A closed wound is a wound where the underlying tissue is not exposed to the environment, such as blunt trauma, surface burns, or blisters.

When Should I See A Doctor About A Wound?

Many minor wounds can be treated at home with store-bought products. However, you should see your doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

     // Fever
     // Consistently increasing pain
     // Bleeding enough to soak through a bandage
     // Pus or other bodily discharge
     // The cut is very deep
     // A wound is caused by a rusty object
     // A wound is caused by an animal bite
     // A wound is on your eye, mouth, or genital areas

Many minor wounds can be treated at home with store-bought products. However, you should see your doctor as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

// Fever
// Consistently increasing pain
// Bleeding enough to soak through a bandage
// Pus or other bodily discharge
// The cut is very deep
// A wound is caused by a rusty object
// A wound is caused by an animal bite
// A wound is on your eye, mouth, or genital areas

Why See Your GP About A Wound?

While small and minor wounds can be treated at home, your GP has a wealth of knowledge and tools to help you recover more quickly and reduce the risk of improper care which can easily lead to infection.  

If your wound is caused by a rusty object, your doctor may recommend a tetanus shot, protecting you against bacterial infection. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics if necessary.  

Your doctor can also show you how to dress wounds using the proper techniques and explain what types of bandages will work best. The correct dressing of your wound is one of the most important steps towards a healthy recovery.

Some wounds may require stitches (sutures). If the wound is left open, you increase the chance of it becoming infected.  

How Does Your GP Treat A Wound?

The nature and severity of your wound combined with demographics such as your age and health will help your doctor determine the best treatment for your wound. Some typical steps your doctor can take include:

     // Gently and thoroughly cleaning the wound and surrounding area as much as possible
     // Dressing the wound accordingly
     // Determine how often the wound needs to be re-dressed
     // Give proper vaccination for tetanus shots if necessary
     // Stitch or suture the wound
     // Pack the wound to prevent abscesses or infection
     // Prescribe antibiotics or other medication as needed
     // Check other vital functions and pre-existing health conditions
     // Teach you how to properly care for your wound at home
     // Explain what products you will need for ongoing care at home

Wounds left untreated or poorly cared for may increase the risk of infection and lead to more serious or permanent damage to nerves, arteries, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  

If you think your wound requires emergency care, call triple zero (Dial 000).  

King Street Medical Centre has the experienced doctors equipped to address all of your wound questions and needs. Don’t wait for infection or complications from your wound. Call King Street Medical today if you have a wound that requires attention.

The nature and severity of your wound combined with demographics such as your age and health will help your doctor determine the best treatment for your wound. Some typical steps your doctor can take include:

// Gently and thoroughly cleaning the wound and surrounding area as much as possible
// Dressing the wound accordingly
// Determine how often the wound needs to be re-dressed
// Give proper vaccination for tetanus shots if necessary
// Stitch or suture the wound
// Pack the wound to prevent abscesses or infection
// Prescribe antibiotics or other medication as needed
// Check other vital functions and pre-existing health conditions
// Teach you how to properly care for your wound at home
// Explain what products you will need for ongoing care at home

Wounds left untreated or poorly cared for may increase the risk of infection and lead to more serious or permanent damage to nerves, arteries, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  

If you think your wound requires emergency care, call triple zero (Dial 000).  

King Street Medical has the experienced doctors equipped to address all of your wound questions and needs. Don’t wait for infection or complications from your wound. Call King Street Medical today if you have a wound that requires attention.

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Where To Find King Street Medical Warrawong

King Street Medical is conveniently located at 67 King Street, Warrawong, next to Warrawong Library and Plush Furniture.

We have plenty of parking available on Carlotta Cres, at the northern end of Darcy Wentworth Park. Our practice is located at the corner of King Street & Hoskins Avenue.

We have accessibility parking available beside our building on the corner of King Street & Hoskins Ave. Enter via Hoskins Ave.

If you have trouble finding us, please call us.