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I had a bunionectomy 3 months ago. Incision won't heal completely and is very painful. How can I tell if pin is causing infection?

I had a bunionectomy  3 months ago. Incision won't heal completely and is very painful. How can I tell if pin is causing infection?

See surgeon: Please see your surgeon about this asap -- there is no reliable self-diagnosis about this one. Infection is very possible. You may need xrays also. Do you have diabetes or poor circulation in your feet? Problems like these can impact wound healing, but it should be well on its way by now. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Balin
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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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Could you catch an infection on the incision area of surgery from your pet dogs?

Could you catch an infection on the incision area of surgery from your pet dogs?

Not likely: First of all, the incision of the surgery is (hopefully) not infected, and second of all, animals and humans largely do not share pathogens; so there are very few infections that animals get that can spread to humans. ...Read more

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I have an infection in my incision & pus was yellow but it changed to green.What does green signify?

I have an infection in my incision & pus was yellow  but it changed to green.What does green signify?

Infection: That usually means you are getting an infection in the incision. Please see your doctor as soon as you can. In the meantime keep changing the bandages, so you can tell if it is getting worse. If it is please go to the emergency room after calling your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have yellowish-white drainage if I squeeze an incision that has healed over, surgery was in February, is this an infection?

I have yellowish-white drainage if I squeeze an incision that has healed over, surgery was in February, is this an infection?

Have it checked: Yellow-white drainage sounds like pus, so you should certainly have a doctor check the incision site to see if there is a pocket of infection there. It may need to be re-opened to drain it, or you may need pill antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can i get pain meds for an incision infection even though i've had a few prescriptions already? I don't wanna look like an addict or drug seeker.

Maybe: But the main treatment of a wound infection is open wound care and antibiotics. Non-narcotic medications can be used for minor discomforts. Ask your surgeon about the care of your wound infection & see what pain medications you can use. ...Read more

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What does a cervical fusion incision site infection look like?

What does a cervical fusion incision site infection look like?

Infected: Red, swollen, tender, pus drainage. Google images has wound infection images for your reference. If it is of any help, infections in the anterior neck are rare. Go see your surgeon right away. He may start you on oral antibiotics of there is a concern. In the meantime, drink orange juice or take vitamin c and zinc tablets to speed up the wound healing. ...Read more

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11 days post hysterectomy. Green drainage and blood from incision. Pain.Drs out if town? Infection?

11 days post hysterectomy. Green drainage and blood from incision. Pain.Drs out if town? Infection?

Yes: green discharge is definitely not normal.you have an infection,you need the wound cleaned,cultured,and start you on antibiotics,your GYN must have somebody covering,if not go to the ER. ...Read more

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After Gallbladder surgery I noticed a big red circle after surgery near incision, is it a sign of infection?

Redness: The question is whether this circle is a rash,irritation or skin/wound infection. The latter would have associated warmth,spreading redness,possible purulent discharge and possible tenderness. If it's simply a rash, apply a cortisone type ointment. If in doubt, have your surgeon examine you. ...Read more

Incision (Definition)

An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more