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Is pus dangerous in wounds?

Is pus dangerous in wounds?

Not Neccasarily: Pus is basically when the fighting white blood cells surround a foreign invader in your system. It may be bacteria but it also can be a foreign body, or dead tissue. Inflammation (red, hot, swelling, pain) is actually a beneficial thing that help prevent and fight infection. Unless it is worsening and you have fevers, chills, and other concerns, close observation is not necessarily wrong. ...Read more

Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more


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Is it necessary to drain out pus from cut wound? The wound is not deep yet not bleeding, but it stinging when I'm bathing. What should I do?

Is it necessary to drain out pus from cut wound? The wound is not deep yet not bleeding, but it stinging when I'm bathing. What should I do?

Get the pus out: Having the pus drain is a good thing. If the pus makes a pocket it gives it a chance to grow and spread. Clearing it is best.
Signs of concern would be fever, increased redness, warmth, and pus production. If those occur please see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to drain out pus from cut wound? The wound is not deep yet not bleeding, but it stinging when I'm bathing. What should I do?

Is it necessary to drain out pus from cut wound? The wound is not deep yet not bleeding, but it stinging when I'm bathing. What should I do?

Basic wound care: In your situation, the stinging when bathing is okay. It is not necessary "to drain out pus", could be dangerous. Okay to wash wound with warm water, a little soap, rinse well, pat dry, hair dryer wound, cover with gauze (available at drugstore over the counter). Check in with doc first thing monday, sooner if spreading redness/fever occurs. If your wound is infected, needs a doc. ...Read more

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Accidental exposure to pus from swollen wound of person of unknown HIV status on hand with mild cut on it. Can it spread the infection. Please suggest?

Accidental exposure to pus from swollen wound of person of unknown HIV status on hand with mild cut on it. Can it spread the infection. Please suggest?

Easy does it, man: You've listed "HIV" among your conditions. You evidently touched a pimple or infected wound while you hand had a "mild cut" on it. What's really going on, Dan? Are you actually HIV-positive and want us to endorse an "innocent" explanation? No need for that -- people won't reject you in any case. You know that if your cut isn't actively bleeding, you can't catch HIV. This doesn't need to be so hard ...Read more

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I have cut wound, it is not deep but I didn't clean it properly when the first time I get it, now the pus harden in the wound and I can't clean it?

I have cut wound, it is not deep but I didn't clean it properly when the first time I get it, now the pus harden in the wound and I can't clean it?

Abscess?: If your wound is now red, hot, and tender, it may have developed into a cellulitis or abscess. Both require antibiotics. An abscess may need to be drained. Please see your doctor right away. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary to drain pus from wounds?

Why is it necessary to drain pus from wounds?

Pus may be infection: Pus is formed when the body is fighting an infection. It may be a sign of a healthy immune system, ergo the term "laudable pus". Pus is full of white blood cells (which fight infection) and microorganisms causing the infection. However, when pus collects in a cavity it forms an abscess. Pus should be drained from wounds to help fight the infection and help the wound to heal normally. ...Read more

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Is there a good way to get rid of pus in a surgical wound?

Is there a good way to get rid of pus in a surgical wound?

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

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I had a laparoscopy on Monday. (Endometriosis)Now have sudden redness, swelling, increased pain and pus from wound. Infected?

I had a laparoscopy on Monday. (Endometriosis)Now have sudden redness, swelling, increased pain and pus from wound. Infected?

Probably: If your wound (s) are red and draining pus then you need to be seen by your surgeon ASAP to evaluate. If really purulent discharge you will need the wound opened and packed to prevent possible related complications. ...Read more

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I bit my lips (inside my mouth) almost 2 weeks ago, there's still pus all over the wound and it hurts a lot (im putting on a medicine). What can I do?

I bit my lips (inside my mouth) almost 2 weeks ago, there's still pus all over the wound and it hurts a lot (im putting on a medicine). What can I do?

Infection: Wounds may be infected. Whatever topical "medicine" you're using isn't cutting it. Before problem becomes disfiguring, please see your dentist. Your dentist may want to refer you to an oral surgeon. You need professional help. Please go now. ...Read more

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I have what I thought was a hernia because my testical were so swollen. I notice what might be a boil on my testical that kept geeting bigger or filling with pus. It finally poped last night and a lot of pus came out. The wound looks like it is really d

I have what I thought was a hernia because my testical were so swollen. I notice what might be a boil on my testical that kept geeting bigger or filling with pus. It finally poped last night and a lot of pus came out. The wound looks like it is really d

See a doctor now: When you asked about this in another question, it wasn't clear that this was so large. If your whole testicle was swollen, you should have gone to the doctor long before now. Even now that it has drained, I would suggest you see a doctor right away. Good luck! ...Read more

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Boil in inner thigh, treat w warm compress & amox, less pain & redness, no draining of pus bcos wound healed, but ders hard part below the skin, is it ok?

Boil in inner thigh, treat w warm compress & amox, less pain & redness, no draining of pus bcos wound healed, but ders hard part below the skin, is it ok?

Residual infection: The hard, leathery, often darkened skin @ the site of a boil is residual inflammation from the skin infection. The skin should soften over time, but cd leave a scar. I wd say at this point, it's normal. But watch for fevers, more drainage, or worsening symptoms that may mean the infection (boil) is coming back. Also get checked for MRSA & diabetes (which predispose to boils) if this is not 1st one ...Read more

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I have a pus in my csection wound, I was given antibiotics, its now the third day and it doesn't seem to be improving, the antibiotics is for 7days.?

I have a pus in my csection wound, I was given antibiotics, its now the third day and it doesn't seem to be improving, the antibiotics is for 7days.?

Go back to doctor: The question here is whether this is a superficial wound infection, or whether it goes more deeply, involving the uterus or surrounding structures. Do not delay in this because things can get out of hand quickly. This needs to be cultured if it has not, and imaging studies may be appropriate. Infectious diseases input would also help. ...Read more

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I have an infected nipple piercing. What antibiotic is best for the treatment? It is sore, swollen, red, pus and small open wounds around the nipple.

I have an infected nipple piercing. What antibiotic is best for the treatment? It is sore, swollen, red, pus and small open wounds around the nipple.

You: Need to see a physician for treatment. Incision and drainage may be indicated. Antibiotics used for such infections include penicillins, first generation cephalosporins, Bactria, Doxycycline and host of others ...Read more

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My 8month daughter got abscess operation post vaccination last week. While during her fifth dressing...some pus is seen in the wound. Is it natural?

My 8month daughter got abscess operation post vaccination last week. While during her fifth dressing...some pus is seen in the wound. Is it natural?

On antibiotics?: New pus in a treated abscess is not good. If the pus has been there and it is decreasing in amount then that suggests that it's getting better, but new pus or expanding erythema (redness) in a previously debrided/cleaned wound needs to be assessed asap. ...Read more

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Pus is coming out of my wound. Is this normal?

Pus is coming out of my wound. Is this normal?

WHat is Pus: Pus is a natural action in which the body sends white blood cells to "eat" bacteria, and also foreign bodies and dead tissue to get it out of the wound. However, there are other things that look white or yellow including liquified fat, normal wound drainage, or fibrin. The questions are, do you have a fever, is the wound getting worse (bad) or better (good)? Pus means the wound is getting cleaned. ...Read more

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What makes pus pains in boil or any wound which has become infected?

What makes pus pains in boil or any wound which has become infected?

Tied together: Pain is caused by inflammation. An infection brings white blood cells which cause inflammation pus is the residual of white blood cells and dead broken down materials. ...Read more

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When I get comedone they tend to never release all the pus they close a turn brown wound or eschar what can I do to get rid and the comedone?

When I get comedone they tend to never release all the pus they close a turn brown wound or eschar what can I do to get rid and the comedone?

Warm soaks: Don't under-estimate the value of warm soaks. The brown is what is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This can be improved by certain creams in a group known as the hydroquinones. Ask your dermatologist. ...Read more

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My mum recently had a lump removed from her breast. It turned out not to be cancerous. Two weeks after the surgery, pus is coming out of the wound. Serious?

My mum recently had a lump removed from her breast. It turned out not to be cancerous. Two weeks after the surgery, pus is coming out of the wound. Serious?

Infection: That sounds like a post operative infection. See the physician who performed the surgery- most likely she needs wound care or possibly removing the sutures and letting it heal from inside out. Possibly she will need an antibiotic. See her physician asap. ...Read more

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Blueish green colored discharge/pus noticed when changing my abdominal wound packing 4 days post op? Longer the gauze sits the more blue it gets.

Seek med help ASAP!: Post operative incisions that are infected need immediate attention. Especially if the wound is already compromised. The discoloration you describe is an indication of possible worsening infection. Surgical debridement of infected wound sites are often needed if infection goes untreated and spreads ...Read more

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Am very curious to know that what are the signs for a diabetic wound to turn into gangerene. Will there be pus or any fluid coming out of the wound.

Am very curious to know that what are the signs for a diabetic wound to turn into gangerene. Will there be pus or any fluid coming out of the wound.

Diabetic grangrene: Diabetic grangrene usually are dry gangrene. In this case poor blood circulation to hands or feet causes the tissue decay and produces the bluish or black skin color. There is no oozing or pus. The body part usually the toes or foot turned into dead tissue and must be removed surgically (Amputation) Diabetic patients should always take good care of their feet. Reference :CDC Diabetic care team. ...Read more

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Should my C-section wound ooze pus after 9 weeks?

Should my C-section wound ooze pus after 9 weeks?

Complications: Most surgical wounds are well healed at 3 to 4 weeks, so this is not in the normal recovery. There are several possible diagnoses to your problem, best to take friend/family with you to your surgery appointment for answers, imaging and treatments. You may be referred to another surgeon or wound care center. Be well. ...Read more

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