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A 27-year-old female asked:

How can you tell if your cut or open wound is infected?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Cellulitis: Symptoms of skin infection include increased redness, swelling, tenderness, prolonged healing, warmth and/or drainage.
Dr. Kathryn Ko
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
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.
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.

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Last updated Aug 22, 2014

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