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Could a healing infected wound be bright red?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends: I cannot tell what part you are describing to be red without looking at the site. The scar itself could be red and be normal. If the wound is open then the healing tissue may look red. If there is spreading redness and pain in the skin surrounding the wound then that may be an infection. Must have it seen by your dicrir to be able to tell if it is normal healing or not.
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
General Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: A wound with infection is usually redder than the surrounding tissues, this is due to increased blood supply in the area of infection. Healing wounds can also be red. It is important to insure there is no pus within the wound and that the area of redness is decreasing over time.

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