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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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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?

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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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


Dr. Bret Boyle
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Wound Infection (Definition)

The following types of wounds are more likely to become infected: bites, punctures, crushing injuries, dirty wounds, wounds on the feet, and wounds that ...Read more