Which wound do you have?

  • Cut

    Cut: An opening in the skin caused by a sharp object like a knife, work tool or even a piece of paper. A cut wound may penetrate deep into the skin, which could lead to strong bleeding and leave a scar.
  • Abrasion

    Abrasion: Superficial skin damage caused by scraping off the upper skin layers when falling on knees, hands or elbows or scratching over a rough surface. Often, abrasions bleed little, but they are painful and prone to infections.
  • Surgical wound

    Surgical wound (also known as postoperative wound): An incision in the skin during surgery. Often, doctors close surgical wounds with sutures, which are removed within 5 to 10 days.
  • Blister

    Blister: An area of raised skin, where body fluid fills the space between upper and lower skin layers. Often caused by friction and pressure, a blister is very painful and, if popped, can be prone to infections.
  • Scratch

    Scratch: A surface damage to the skin caused when objects such as a fingernail or thorn, scrapes along the skin.
  • Burn

    First degree burns (for example, mild sunburns): The lightest degree of burns are only superficial. The burned area is red, slightly swollen, painful, dry, and without blisters.

    Second degree burns: Involve deeper layers of the skin. The burn appears red, blistered, swollen and painful.

    Third degree burns: Destroy all skin layers and may also even damage the underlying tissue, bones, muscles and tendons. The burn site appears white or charred. The skin area is insensitive to sensations as the nerve endings are damaged.

  • Corn

    Corn: The result of permanent pressure in one specific spot on the callused skin. Corns have a firm core that reaches deep, sensitive skin and thus causes pain. The symptoms include pain and swelling around the corn and discomfort when walking.
  • Callus

    Callus: An area of very dry, hardened and thickened skin, which is the result of pressure and friction over extended time. It appears as a yellowish thickening and is, in most cases, painless.
  • Cracked Skin

    Cracked skin: Excessive dryness can cause the skin to shrink and become brittle, eventually leading to skin cracking. Cracked skin is particularly common in areas that need to flex during movement such as the soles of the feet. Hands, feet and lips are areas prone to cracking.
  • Rash

    Rash: An itchy skin eruption on the body, which can have multiple causes. For babies, a rash in the diaper area is typical.
  • Chafed skin

    Chafing: Skin irritation due to intense friction between body parts or due to improper clothing. Chafing often occurs in the inner thighs and below the buttocks, on the armpits and nipples.
  • Bite

    Bite: A wound made by the closure of the teeth of an animal or human being. If bites penetrate the skin, they must be considered critical due to high risk of infection. Consult the medical emergency for rapid treatment and to avoid complications.

Please consult a doctor!

For your type of wound, we recommend you to consult a medical professional. In general, always seek medical advice if the wound: 

  • is bleeding heavily, 
  • is deep, 
  • is in the area of the face, 
  • indicates signs of infection: redness, heat, pain or swelling, 
  • contains foreign bodies, 
  • was caused by an animal or human bite, 
  • or if tetanus protection is needed 
  • and in case of doubts or questions.

Always see a doctor if the wound is deep, bleeds heavily or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth. Please note that, although they were compiled with great care, the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice, regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products.

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