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The production of wound odor can cause distress and embarrassment to patients. If its formation cannot be prevented, it becomes important to use an odor absorbing dressing which will absorb the odor-causing molecules from the wound. Odor Absorbent Dressings usually contain activated charcoal for the treatment of malodorous wounds. The odor absorbing properties of such dressings are determined by two factors, namely physical absorbency and the activity of the charcoal cloth. Dressings which combine physical absorbency with charcoal components show the best performance. Shop Wound Care offers a wide range of odor-absorbent dressings from various popular manufacturers like Alliqua Inc., Convatec, etc.


How do Odor Absorbing Dressings work?

Odor absorbing dressings are capable of absorbing a large number of odor-causing molecules and removing odor for prolonged periods. When the odor-causing bacteria present in the wound exudate come in contact with charcoal fabric, they get firmly attached to the fabric. They are removed from the exudate and absorbed in the dressing to curb the odor. Some advanced versions also include silver, whose antibacterial activity kills the bacteria attached to the dressing. Odor absorbent dressings are usually used as primary dressings and placed directly on the wound bed. Sometimes, they also work as secondary dressings which are put over primary dressings but beneath the dressing retainer.

Odor-Causing Wounds

Wound odor is usually caused by following types of wounds:

  • Partial or full-thickness wounds
  • Low-to-high exuding wounds
  • Superficial burns or first-degree burns
  • Partial thickness burns or second-degree burns
  • Surgical or post-operative wounds
  • Laceration and abrasions
  • Fungating lesions
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Donor sites
  • Leg ulcers