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How Will I Know If My Surgical Wound Is Getting Infected
Only: With specific instructions directly from your surgeon. You also need to be seen right away to see if you should be on antibiotics. ...Read more
Important 2 find out: Surgical site infections do occur and need to be diagnosed and treated. Check in with your surgeon, he/she will diagnose infection. Typically surgical site infected wound is cultured, drained, dressing changes ordered and follow up. Antibiotics are often recommended. Don't wait and good luck. ...Read more
My surgical wound might be infected but not so sure. Some exudate, but it dries up. Should I use mupirocin? Can it cause problems if not infected?
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
Can HPV infect the interstitial cells of the testicle or internal epithelium? I have papillomas around my surgical wound from an orchiectomy.
Probably not: To my knowledge, HPV isn't known to cause infections of these cells or tissues. Were warts (papillomas) confirmed by your doctor, or your self diagnosis? Things other than warts seem more likely to cause growths on or near a surgical wound, especially keloids, a kind of hypertrophic scar tissue, most common in dark-skinned persons. I doubt you need be concerned, but discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: The general treatment is to open a portion or the entire wound at the skin level. Down to the level where the pus is accumulating. Any dead tissue needs to be removed (debridement). It is critical that all of the pus be removed (drained). Wounds may be irrigated (washed out with various solutions) and dressing changes may be necessary. Antibiotic dressings, oral/IV antibiotics may be used. ...Read more
3.5 yr old with post intucception surgical wound infection belly button last month. Is complaining again of pain. Unlikely to get a second infection?
Yes it can.: Until the point of complete closure, a wound is able to be infected multiple times, not just once. ...Read more
Talk to your surgeon: There are many reasons for a surgical wound to continue to weep or drain fluid. First- is the wound closed completely (primarily) or was it intentionally left open? If left open- drainage at be normal. If it was closed together after surgery- continual drainage is abnormal. This is possibly an infection. Discuss the situation with your surgeon. ...Read more
Depends upon the...: Kind of surgery and whether it involves the gastrointestinal tract where e. Coli hangs out. Most wound infections are due to the skin flora especially staphylococcus even ones done on the colon but e. Coli can cause surgical wound infections, especially when involving the colon and more likely deep rather than superficial infection. ...Read more
Surgeon-Preference: Incision healing is dependent on scar type and location, as well as patient-specific factors. Therefore, the true "expert" to answer this is your surgeon. In general, most can be removed within 5-14 days. It is best to remove them as early as possible to minimize the "railroad tracking" scars. ...Read more
Not usually: While this is not normal, it often depends upon the type of operation, location, as well as the quality and quantity of the drainage. ...Read more
Surgeon's preference: If it is clean wound, some surgeons prefer that air get to the wound, to keep it from being too moist, and allowing overgrowth of bacteria. Other surgeons don't mind, as long as it's a thin layer, like lipstick. Others say, "no way." so you should check with your surgeon. Dirty, contaminated wounds can benefit from twice daily soaking and a very thin layer of antibiotic ointment; hydrogel-no. ...Read more
Connections: It may be connected to another adjacent area inside or around the wound. ...Read more
Call the surgeon: Post op infections must be dealt with. ...Read more
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