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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bret Boyle
27 years experience Wound care
The typical signs: and symptoms of wound infection are pain, swelling, increased warmth, redness of surrounding skin, with occasional malodorous and cloudy drainage. Red ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
NOT HEALING, FEVER, : Chills, drainage.
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liesa Harte
28 years experience Family Medicine
Wound infection?: If you are worried, then I recommend you see your doctor. It is possible for serious infections to start with small wounds. Better safe than sorry ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Basic care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Odor not always bad: An important part of wound healing is inflammation so the wound area gets red, hot, swollen, tender. There will be drainage. Since this drainage is o ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Wound infection bugs: That depends. The most common organisms to infect open wounds are staphylococcus and streptococcus. If the wound is traumatic and dirty it could be ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience Dermatology
CAT BITE WOUND: See your doctor with all deliberate speed. Or go to an urgent care center or a hospital emergency room. Do it fast!
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Depends: I cannot tell what part you are describing to be red without looking at the site. The scar itself could be red and be normal. If the wound is open the ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Be seen: It sounds like you have an infection. Be seen. There are many infections that can be from puncture wounds, and thorn wounds in particular.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience Family Medicine
Maybe, maybe: It may help some large, superficial wounds, but won't do much for deep wounds. It does well to treat very superficial skin infections such as impetigo ... Read More
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A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Allan Goldstein
55 years experience Internal Medicine
Doubtful: Have to worry about stool organisms.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Natural Process: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Leap
27 years experience Emergency Medicine
Try peroxide: Some peroxide each day, with a q-tip, might help. If it develops redness or swelling, or becomes painful, see a doctor to check for a wound infection ... Read More
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Dr. Neal Kraus
10 years experience Hospital-based practice
Depends on burden: Depends on any number of factors. Yes. It is possible. I would avoid putting hands in mouth in general and if necessary to do so, I would highly re ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Nicora
23 years experience Internal Medicine
Infection: Sounds like infection. Try warm soaks and topical Bacitracin twice daily for a few days. If it gets worse see physician for oral antibiotics.
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jana Tomsky Corvalan
26 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Most puncture wounds can harbor servere infection. All humans and cats puncture wounds do require antibiotic prophylaxis. After thorough irrigation an ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Possibly: Only a visual inspection with cultures will reveal the true nature of what's going on but my money would be on an infectious entity with what you're s ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
26 years experience Urology
See your surgeon: This could be residual infection or scarring with serous drainage. See your surgeon to verify.
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: It depends on what is causing the infection. Ciproflozacin treats many, but not all skin infections, and many other wound infections.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience Dermatology
See doctor.: First of all you need a tetanus shot if you haven't had one for 5-10 years. Cats have relatively "dirty" mouths, meaning they have a lot of bacteria o ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience Emergency Medicine
The hairs: Won't be infected, but could affect the wound. Best to keep hair out of a wound but if it is there it doesn't guarantee the wound will become infecte ... Read More
A 69-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Tamler
32 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Infection: Quite possibly this is an infection. You need to see the surgeon right away to get antibiotics and be properly treated.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Eitner
33 years experience Family Medicine
Same As Any: It would be the same for any cut on any part of the body. The risk increases with the amount of blood and how deep the blood is exposed into the wou ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Several possibilitie: You may be experiencing an allergic or hypersensitivity reaction to the tattoo pigments or it may simply be the triple antibiotic. Bacitracin (one of ... Read More
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