Open wound green/blue discharge?


I had surgery on the 17th of June. My wound looks nice and clean, and healing well. But when I pull out the packing there is a yellow/green/bluish gooey discharge. The wound itself doesn't look or feel infected at all. After removing the packing there is only that gooey stuff on the packing not the wound itself, and there is only a little bit of it.

Also it smells like vitamins. lol And this started happening around the same time I started soaking it in epsom salt.

Stuff I take:
1 a day men's multi vitamin
valium ( for anxiety/PA, they are actually the same color as the discharge)

I'll be seeing my doctor tomorrow, just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.

Yes, it is called exudate.

Exudate: A fluid rich in protein and cellular elements that oozes out of blood vessels due to inflammation and is deposited in nearby tissues. The altered permeability of blood vessels permits the passage of large molecules and solid matter through their walls. The vessels seem to weep, to sweat, in keeping with the Latin "exsudare", to sweat out, from which exudate is derived.

By comparison, a transudate is a fluid that passes through a membrane which filters out much of the protein and cellular elements and yields a watery solution. The process of transudatation is due to increased pressure in the veins and capillaries pressure forcing fluid through the vessel walls or low levels of protein in the serum. The transudate is a filtrate of blood.

"fluid, cells or other substances that have been slowly exuded, or discharged, from cells or blood vessels through small pores or breaks in cell membranes."

Source: Mosby's Medical / Nursing Dictionary

The basic concept behind moist wound healing is that the presence of exudate in a wound will provide an environment that stimulates healing. Exudate contains various components, including: lysosomal enzymes, WBC's, lymphokines and growth factors. Many of the advanced dressings available to you are designed to keep the wound bed moist with exudate.

There are clinical studies which have shown that wounds kept in a moist environment have lower infection rates than wounds treated with agents that tend to dry the wound bed.

The concept of 'moist wound healing' has been with us since the 1960s, but only in the last few years has it become the accepted treatment philosophy for chronic wound care. If you are still treating wounds with wet-to-dry protocols, I would urge you to contact other wound care clinicians who are using 'moist wound healing' techniques, and compare outcomes.

The most successful outcome is one that produces wound closure in the shortest amount of time, along with the fewest number of visits. Spending a few dollars more on a dressing is insignificant when compared to the cost of additional treatments.