I had a C-section about 4 weeks ago. There is an opening on one side of the wound, with purulent discharge. What can I use to dress the wound?

I had a C-section about 4 weeks ago. There is an opening on one side of the wound, with purulent discharge. What can I use to dress the wound? Should I see my physician?

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Definitely see your physician! Sometimes portions of surgical wounds fall apart, or "dehisce." I would recommend keeping a clean dry gauze over the wound. There is no need to put any ointments in the wound itself. The best thing you can do is to allow the area to drain. You can keep it clean by showering over the wound and drying it daily. See your physician for a wound check to ensure there isn't anything seriously wrong.

Answered by Vascular Institute of Chattanooga (View Profile)

Definitely see your physician! Sometimes portions of surgical wounds fall apart, or "dehisce." I would recommend keeping a clean dry gauze over the wound. There is no need to put any ointments in the wound itself. The best thing you can do is to allow the area to drain. You can keep it clean by showering over the wound and drying it daily. See your physician for a wound check to ensure there isn't anything seriously wrong.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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