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Dallas Emergency Care for Wounds

When is a Wound an Emergency Situation?

Most wounds are not emergencies. If a wound is severe and needs treatment, this will usually reveal itself over time if the wound does not start to heal or the pain gets worse. However, there are emergency situations where wounds need treatment right away. Be sure to familiarize with the signs of an emergency wound so that you can take appropriate action.

Signs that a wound requires immediate treatment include:

  • Excessive bleeding; bleeding that soaks through bandages
  • There is an object stuck in the wound
  • The wound is very large or deep
  • The wound was caused by an animal bite
  • The wound was caused by something rusty or dirty and you have not had a tetanus shot in five years
  • You have difficulty moving the limb where the wound is located
  • You experience disorientation, high heart rate, fever, shortness of breath, or other unusual symptoms not long after receiving the wound

Do not take chances with these symptoms. Visit an ER immediately for assistance.

Contact the professionals at Advance ER today to learn more about emergency care for wounds in Dallas.

Latent Wound Emergencies

One of the biggest risk factors you are exposed to with a wound or abscess, emergency and otherwise, is infection. Even non-emergency wounds can turn into an emergency situation if an infection takes root.

Symptoms of an infected wound include:

  • Wounds that show no signs of healing after a week
  • Odd odors coming from the wound
  • Discoloration around the wound
  • Pain that does not lessen
  • Warm skin around the wound
  • Swelling around the wound
  • Difficulty moving the area around the wound

Infected wounds & abscesses may not require a trip to the emergency room, but you should not delay getting treatment for even a day longer if you notice the symptoms. At Advance ER, we have an urgent care/walk-in clinic that can provide same-day treatment for non-emergency conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I clean a deep wound myself?

While cleaning minor cuts and scrapes at home is appropriate, deep wounds require professional cleaning by a medical professional. At Advance ER, our team utilizes sterile techniques to remove debris and reduce the risk of infection.

When can I return to work after a wound is treated?

Recovery time depends on the severity of the wound. Our team will provide specific guidance on returning to work based on your individual circumstances. Generally, more extensive wounds require longer rest periods for optimal healing.

How long will I be at the ER for wound care?

Treatment times vary depending on the severity of the wound. Our goal is to minimize your wait time and provide efficient care while ensuring a thorough evaluation and treatment plan.

What can I do to prevent scarring after a wound heals?

While complete scar prevention may not always be possible, following your doctor's wound care instructions diligently, including proper cleaning and dressing changes, can minimize scarring. In some cases, silicone scar gels may also be recommended.

Contact Advance ER to learn more about emergency care for wounds in Dallas.