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What are the 4 types of wounds?

There are four different types of wounds, classified based on the cause and severity.


Avulsions are the most severe of the four wound types. Caused by traumatic accidents, avulsions completely remove skin and tissue, so they bleed excessively. If you have an avulsion, you shouldn’t attempt to treat it on your own.

Puncture Wounds

Puncture wounds are caused by sharp, pointed objects that penetrate the skin. They may or may not bleed, but they can harbor bacteria, so it is wise to have a puncture wound examined by a doctor.


Lacerations are straight cuts to the skin. As long as they aren’t too deep, lacerations are minor and can heal naturally on their own.


When skin is rubbed or scraped against a hard surface, an abrasion results. Usually, as in road rash, the wound doesn’t bleed much, but it does need a thorough cleaning.

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