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A 42-year-old member asked:

What should i do for a wound infection?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
See doctor: Is this a surgical wound or a traumatic wound from an injury? See your surgeon if it is after surgery. See a family doctor or emergency room if it is an infected wound from injury, accident, or burn. Wash and keep the are clean if it is not too deep.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
See your doctor: Localized small infections can be rinsed with sterile saline and dressed with a topical antibiotic ointment and covered with a sterile dressing. Deeper more involved infections with extending redness past the immediate margins will likely require a more aggressive approach such as incision and drainage, debridement, and oral antibiotic. Consult with your physician.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
See a doctor: And get treated appropriately. This question is to broad. All you may need is soap and water and a band aid to surgical debridement, wound care and antibiotics. If the wound is secondary to trauma make sure you tetanus status is up to date.
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
With any: Infection, treatment in general is local treatment with adequate drainage and removal of dead tissue if necessary, and systemic treatment with antibiotics to control spread of infection to adjacent tissue. You should really consult your surgeon for specific advice.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
See: A wound specialist. May need culture of the wound. Antibiotics. Debridement. Then wound care.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a wound infection?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
See below: Red swollen skin away from the injury site, excess heat and redness of the skin around the wound, purulent foul smelling drainage from the wound, person may have fevers, sometimes there may be increasing pain rather than improving pain.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What's a wound infection caused by?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Infection: A wound infection is caused by a bacterium. There are thousands of species of bacteria that we live with every day; a smaller subset are the culprits of wound infections.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for wound infection?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Tests for infection: In order to treat an infection in a wound, a clinician must correctly diagnose an infection. A culture should be taken of any wound that may be infected before empirical antibiotics are administered. There are proper ways to perform a culture: for example, using the levine technique. This insures a more accurate method of determining an infection.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What the signs of a wound infection?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Pain & redness: Increasing pain at the wound with swelling, skin becomes warm and develops spreading redness. May get bad looking drainage from the site. Sometimes person can get fevers.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How to treat wound infection?

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Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 24 years experience
Wound infection: Should be seen by a doctor to determine extent and possible cause. Then proper treatment with antibiotics can be reccomeded.

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