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How can I treat an infected wound?

How can I treat an infected wound?

Basic care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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


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What can you do to treat an infected wound?

What can you do to treat an infected wound?

Principles of: treatment of infection are adequate surgical drainage, systemic antibiotics, local care, and treatment of underlying conditions. A lot depends upon severity, location, and host factors such as general medical condition or specific diseases such as diabetes or cancer. Consult with a surgeon for specific advice. ...Read more

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Will an infected wound close or will it stay open?

Will an infected wound close or will it stay open?

1+1=2: Infections is a detrimental process. Wound healing is a very complicated process which normally occurs in healthy (and unhealthy) people. Infections cause many problems in healing and so an infected wound will not heal until the infection is addressed and treated and resolves. The opposite is true also. If a wound is healing, then one thing is certain, it is not currently infected. ...Read more

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How do I know if an infected wound needs medical attention ?

Symptoms: If the wound has redness and pain surrounding it, it may be infected. Fever, chill and general ill feeling can also, be signs of infection. Any wound worsening in appearance should be evaluated by a professional. ...Read more

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Can covering a open and infected wound actually make it worse?

Can covering a open and infected wound actually make it worse?

Possibly: Wounds should be clean moist and protected. Protected from other bacteria and trauma. The american academy of wound management advises to cover all wounds. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to treat an infected wound?

Can you tell me how to treat an infected wound?

The typical signs: and symptoms of wound infection are pain, swelling, increased warmth, redness of surrounding skin, with occasional malodorous and cloudy drainage. Redness alone is likely the normal inflammation associated with the healing process. If you think true infection is present, antibiotics are usually necessary as topical medications alone are less likely to be effective. ...Read more

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When is it appropriate to see a Dr. for an infected wound? A small scrape is now swollen and painful. 2 days later.

When is it appropriate to see a Dr. for an infected wound? A small scrape is now swollen and painful. 2 days later.

Depends: A small scrape may be swollen + painful without infection. Pus or blood? Red streak? Progressively worse? Location? Cause and circumstance of injury? WATER is good for it. Lubrication with vaseline or Aquaphor is good. Avoid antiseptics such as peroxide or alcohol. Avoid antibiotics such as bacitracin or neosporin as these are useless + often harmful. See DR if getting worse. ...Read more

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Could a healing infected wound be bright red?

Could a healing infected wound be bright red?

Depends: I cannot tell what part you are describing to be red without looking at the site. The scar itself could be red and be normal. If the wound is open then the healing tissue may look red. If there is spreading redness and pain in the skin surrounding the wound then that may be an infection. Must have it seen by your dicrir to be able to tell if it is normal healing or not. ...Read more

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Will bactroban (mupirocin) lessen an infected wound?

Will bactroban (mupirocin) lessen an infected wound?

Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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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