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What are the signs and symptoms of wound infection?

What are the signs and symptoms of wound infection?

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. Consider infection if there is pain, redness, odor, drainage, lack of healing over a reasonable time period, and any changes in the wound that are negative (enlarging, change in color of the tissue, etc.) ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Breaux
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Skin Burns (Definition)

There are three levels of burns: * First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of the skin. They cause pain, redness, and swelling. * Second-degree (partial thickness) burns affect both the outer and underlying layer of skin. They cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. * Third-degree (full thickness) burns extend into deeper tissues. They cause white or blackened, charred skin ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of a wound infection?

What are the symptoms of a wound infection?

Pain, redness, pus: If a wound gets infected, you will usually see swelling of the wound, redness developing around the wound and spreading outwards, and increased pain with the wound. Eventually when the pus builds up enough inside the wound in can open spontaneously and start drainage out, but this is usually later in the process. You can also get body symptoms such as fevers and fatigue in big infections. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like wound infection go away quickly?

Do symptoms like wound infection go away quickly?

Depends: Most wound infections are treated with antibiotics and resolve fairly quickly, a few days, depending on the type of bacteria that is causing the infection, the blood supply to the infected area, and the depth of the infection. If the depth of the infection is through the fascia or into the bone it may take weeks to months to clear. ...Read more

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What should I do about a wound infection?

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. ...Read more

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What should I do if i think I have a surgical wound infection?

What should I do if i think I have a surgical wound infection?

See the surgeon: So that the surgical wound can be examined. It may need to be opened in addition to using antimicrobials. ...Read more

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How can I handle a wound infection after back surgery?

How can I handle a wound infection after back surgery?

Get help ASAP: Start with the surgeon for help on this or seek out a wound care specialist. ...Read more

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What should I do for a wound infection?

What should I do for a wound infection?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more