Wound Care (cont.)
Wound Signs and Symptoms
The most common symptoms of a wound are pain, swelling, and bleeding. The amount of pain, swelling, and bleeding of a wound depends upon the location of the injury and the mechanism of injury.
Some large lacerations may not hurt very much if they are located in an area that has few nerve endings, while abrasions of fingertips (which has a greater number of nerves) can be very painful, for example, a paper cut.
Some lacerations may bleed more if the area involved has a greater number of blood vessels, for example, the scalp and face.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/14/2014
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