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Pus In A Wound
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
Natural Healing: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Dressings and ointments are of no value there. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DM oozing wound: No you need to see a Dr to find out what is going on. ...Read more
Is it necessary to change the packing of a wound left by the draining of a perianal abscess everyday,since its so painful?My wound is 1.5 inches deep.
Yes!: The point of draing and packing space and then removing the packing and repacking is to prevent an &&andinfection from setting in there. It is not the cleanest part of your body and it will take a while to fully heal. The incision and drainage (I & D) is more important to your cure than whatever antibiotics that you may be taking. As the packing is removed a probe should be inserted & moved aroun ...Read more
Wound not heal DM: This is classic problem in DM. Please show to your Dr. and get proper treatment. It is dangerous. ...Read more
Will the antibitoic Cefixima help in the foot wound of my friend who has diabetes. The wound though small is oozing clear fluid.pls advise.
Before any anti-: -biotic is prescribed, a culture must be done.these diabetic sores tho small, may B very deep & hard 2 treat. He/she should B cultured. Also should B done on the advise of their internist , & an orthopedic surgeon should also B involved in the care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Boils in the leg. It's filled with fuild inside & after couple of days it bursts and forms a wound. Not sure if any skin infection or bug bite. Help?
Lesions: Sounds like infection. Be seen and get antibiotics. All the best. ...Read more
I have a small abrassion from a dog bite does this warrant a visit to the ER cleaned the wound area
It : It depends on where the dog bite is and what your underlying health is like. Dog bites generally do not get infected as often as cat bites which are notorious for causing serious skin and soft tissue infections. Dog bites of the hands especially puncture wounds are more prone to infection and should be seen promptly by a health care provider. This is also true for deep wounds that involve any kind of significant tissue loss or foreign body such as a tooth. Underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or immune suppression will increase your risk of infection. Finally, any wound is a risk factor for tetanus and so its important to make sure that your immunization status is up to date. If you do not think you need to go to the er based on the above, its wise to watch the wound closely for signs of infection such as redness, drainage or streaking as well as fever. If present, these should prompt a visit to a health care provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cut fingertip with mandolin. Covered the wound with gauze. Twelve hours later, a piece of gauze stuck fast to wound. What danger in leaving gauze?
Soak and remove: Soak and remove it, or it may get trapped in the wound as the skin heals and cause ongoing irritation. If you cannot remove it easily, go to an UC or your doc and they can apply numbing agents and remove it. IF you have not had a tetanus booster in the last 10 years, get one within 72 hours of cutting yourself. ...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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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