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I have a wound vac from an infection and now when my wife change's it she says it smells like almonds. Should i worry afbout smell?

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Dr. Michael Miller
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In brief: Meaningless finding

Wound odor is meaningless.
If you remember that part of healing is inflammations which includes (swelling).This is caused by fluid from the blood vessels bringing healing blood to the wound. The blood fluid leaks out and as it does, it loses blood supply which means it will putrefy (rot). That causes odor. Since it is away from the wound, other than the smell, it means nothing. No tx needed.

In brief: Meaningless finding

Wound odor is meaningless.
If you remember that part of healing is inflammations which includes (swelling).This is caused by fluid from the blood vessels bringing healing blood to the wound. The blood fluid leaks out and as it does, it loses blood supply which means it will putrefy (rot). That causes odor. Since it is away from the wound, other than the smell, it means nothing. No tx needed.
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