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What can I do about possible surgical wound infection?

What can I do about possible surgical wound infection?

See the 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 as to what would be best for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Wendy Askew
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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


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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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What would be the appropriate therapy for a surgical wound infection?

What would be the appropriate therapy for a surgical wound infection?

Proper evaluation: The appropriate treatment will depend on what the wound needs. Sometimes partial opening is necessary with clean out and good wound care, while other times antibiotics alone can do it. You must get a proper evaluation from your surgeons office to determine what is needed. ...Read more

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How long does it take for signs of wound infection to appear after surgery?

How long does it take for signs of wound infection to appear after surgery?

Variable: An post-operative wound infection can manifest anytime within 24 hours to even weeks later if a foreign body such as un-dissolved suture material remains. ...Read more

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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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Please tell me what sort of infection could be on the skin, say an infected surgical wound, that could transmit to cause a blood infection?

Please tell me what sort of infection could be on the skin, say an infected surgical wound, that could transmit to cause a blood infection?

Possibly: A mild surgical wound which is superficial is usually handled with warm soaks and dressing until healed. When the extent of infection especially with a major abodominal incision becomes infected such as with MRSA antibiotics must be used or the infection can enter the blood stream as defined by elevated WBC and temp. ...Read more

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Possible infection in a surgical wound. What are my options?

Possible infection in a surgical wound. What are my options?

See the 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 as to what would be best for you. ...Read more

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Is there a good home remedy for surgical wound infections that start after the stitches are removed?

Is there a good home remedy for surgical wound infections that start after the stitches are removed?

Stitch infection: Remember to use some antibiotic ointment or cream over the areas but you should (must) return to see the surgeon as soon as possible for an evaluation. The surgeon needs to see the issue and consider the use of antibiotics. ...Read more

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What's a wound infection caused by?

What's a wound infection caused by?

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. ...Read more

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I had proteus wound infection and have had joint problems since can the infection be the cause. And will this cause any longterm problems to my health?

Proteus: This is an unusual cause of wound infection, and is often a contaminant in cultures because of its ability to overgrow other bacteria. It is unlikely to be related to joint problems and you should see a doctor about the cause of these. The wound infection should not have long-term effects if it has been adequately eradicated.. ...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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What are the tests for wound infection?

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. ...Read more

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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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How to treat wound infection?

How to treat wound infection?

Several things: The wound needs to be cleaned, dead tissue or foreign body removed (debridement), any pus which is present needs to be drained, an extremity with an infected wound may be immobilized (splint). Of course antibiotics, directly on the wound (such as triple antibiotic ointment), orally (often keflex or doxycycline), or even intravenously, if serious. Plus several other measures, nutrition, etc ...Read more

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What are nursing procedures for a wound infection?

What are nursing procedures for a wound infection?

See below: Please refer to nursing home for the policy and procedure for notifying and managing wound care infection and treatment. Every nursing home has different policy and if you have questions or concerns about it, please contact unit manager or supervisor. ...Read more

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What is better to put on a small wound infection, neosporin or bacitracin?

What is better to put on a small wound infection, neosporin or bacitracin?

Either one is: Ok, but main thing is adequate drainage and mechanical cleansing, systemic antibiotics if necessary. Topical ointment is probably of much lesser significance. Ask your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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Could it be possible a gunshot wound infection to appear after 10-11 hours?

Could it be possible a gunshot wound infection to appear after 10-11 hours?

Unlikely: Usually it would take 2 to 3 days before you see significant signs resulting from an infected wound. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Wound Infection (Definition)

A condition in which germs have got into the area where the skin is broken.There may be infection in a small area around the edge, or in the whole wound site, or spreading further. Surgical wound infections are also ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more