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what is the difference between broken skin and a wound?

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Dr. David Levens
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
The same: Anytime the skin is penetrated or opened a wound is created. This can vary from a puncture wound to a large deep opening. "broken skin" can occur from dry skin that cracks open from minor repeated trauma. Your physician can advise you how to care for your wound.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
Nothing: When there is a break in the skin then by definition you have a wound.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Definitions: A wound is when there is a break int he skin from an external cause such as a stab wound, a shotgun wound, a traumatic wound. An ulcer is when there is a break in the skin (or lining of an organ) from an internal cause such as a venous insufficiency ulcer, a decubitus ulcer, diabetic neuropathic ulcer or stomach ulcer.
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
A break in: The integrity of any 'organ', skin included is the definition of a wound no matter what the degree.
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 36 years experience
Semantics: "broken skin"is a much more generic term. The term "wound" usually but not always has other terms along with it to give a more specific diagnosis. If given either diagnosis you need to ask more questions to find out exactly what's going on.

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