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A 30-year-old male asked:

What can you do to treat an infected wound?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Principles of: treatment of infection are adequate surgical drainage, systemic antibiotics, local care, and treatment of underlying conditions. A lot depends upon severity, location, and host factors such as general medical condition or specific diseases such as diabetes or cancer. Consult with a surgeon for specific advice.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Basic care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how to treat an infected wound?

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Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care 28 years experience
The typical signs: and symptoms of wound infection are pain, swelling, increased warmth, redness of surrounding skin, with occasional malodorous and cloudy drainage. Redness alone is likely the normal inflammation associated with the healing process. If you think true infection is present, antibiotics are usually necessary as topical medications alone are less likely to be effective.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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