A 27-year-old female asked:
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how can you tell if your cut or open wound is infected?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Cellulitis: Symptoms of skin infection include increased redness, swelling, tenderness, prolonged healing, warmth and/or drainage.
Answered on Aug 22, 2014
Dr. Kathryn Ko
33 years experience Neurosurgery
Monitor carefully: If the area is red, swollen, hot to touch, very painful and there is discharge. Always keep cuts clean, dry and do not touch.
Answered on Aug 22, 2014
Dr. Forrest Jones
Specializes in Family Medicine
Redness & tenderness: Redness & tenderness and local warmth are important early signs. Local swelling in the area and pus drainage are worse signs. Hope that helps. It's important to get it evaluated and treatment.
Answered on Aug 22, 2014

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