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I have Chronic Venous Insufficiency. About 1/2 hour ago my

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I have Chronic Venous Insufficiency. About 1/2 hour ago my cat nicked the skin in that area (it was a mistake!) - it really seemed like she barely broke the skin. Since then the spot has been oozing a clear liquid. No odor, color, or viscosity. What's going on, and what should I do about it?

911Doctor :

That is edema fluid and is of no concern.

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What is of concern is proper care of this

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You definitely need to let your doctor know about this

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and you definitely want to keep the area clean and dry

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infection in the skin with your venous insufficiency would be very bad indeed.

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so I would clean the area gently with soap and water

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and place a dry dressing over the area

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you may need to secure it with an ace wrap... if you do, make it just tight enough to stay in place... it really shouldn't dig into the leg at all

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under the ace wrap you could place a small piece of gauze

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and you should get this looked at by someone within the next few days

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if the area becomes red or inflammed then you should be seen the same day

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redness that spreads in the skin or yellow or cloudy discharge from the wound also means infection and should be seen right away as well

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so, in summary, the fluid is really similar to water

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it is not dangerous that you have a little leaking fluid

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the key is to prevent infection

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and gentle cleaning and a dry dressing held in place with the minimum possible pressure should get this stopped quickly

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