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what causes a wound to weep?

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Dr. Ernest Isaacson
Podiatry 21 years experience
Swelling: Not a lot of information from your question. Going to presume the weeping is clear liquid in which case it's likely that the wound is near a swollen limb such as a venous ulcer of the leg. Need to control the swelling with a compressive bandage to affect healing.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Part of healing: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Healing: The body will naturally try to heal itself. Swelling is a normal reaction by the body, but excessive swelling (weeping) could be an infection. Let your doctor know if you have concerns. Best of luck.

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Are there minerals which help wounds to heal faster?

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All of them: A good sound nutrition and balance minerals will help wound healing.
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Do vitamins help wounds heal?

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Usually not: Usually bullet wounds are dirty. We usually leave them open to heal by secondary intention (from the inside out.).
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Is there a particular part of the blood that helps wounds heal?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Blood and Wounds: Blood is filled with goodies that help people heal. Platelets help a wound form a scab and provide that first barrier to prevent open exposure to the environment. Growth factors in the platelets help with the healing process also. Clotting factors in the blood help the blood clot also. Then white blood cells help with fighting infection. The red blood cells continue to supply oxygen to the tissues.
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Why do healing wounds itch?

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Histamine release: Whenever tissue is subject to trauma, the body initiates an inflammatory response as part of the healing process. Several different types of cells are released into the bloodstream and make their way to the wound where healing is initiated. Among these are mast cells which release histamine. It is the histamine which causes the wound to itch.

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