A 54-year-old female asked:
when is it appropriate to see a dr. for an infected wound? a small scrape is now swollen and painful. 2 days later.
2 doctor answers
Dr. Liesa Harte answered
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. Follow your instincts here and see you your doctor.
Answered on Jul 1, 2014
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan answered
56 years experience Dermatology
Depends: A small scrape may be swollen + painful without infection. Pus or blood? Red streak? Progressively worse? Location? Cause and circumstance of injury? WATER is good for it. Lubrication with vaseline or Aquaphor is good. Avoid antiseptics such as peroxide or alcohol. Avoid antibiotics such as bacitracin or neosporin as these are useless + often harmful. See DR if getting worse.
Answered on Aug 1, 2016
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