A 33-year-old member asked:
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could a healing infected wound be bright red?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
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.
Answered on Nov 13, 2018
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
36 years experience General Surgery
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.
Answered on Jun 11, 2017

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Pus is urgent: Pus is a sign of infection. It is not to just be observed. The sooner treatment is started the better. Please get to the doctor today.
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Normal: often you will have a healing read ring around the area. If the redness gets worse or it becomes painful then check with provider
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