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Dr. Bret Boyle
421 doctors shared insights

Wound Infection (Overview)

A condition in which germs have got into the area where the skin is broken.There may be infection in a small area around the edge, or in the whole wound site, or spreading further. Surgical wound infections are also called "surgical site infections."


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What should I do for a wound infection?

What should I do for a wound infection?

See doctor: Is this a surgical wound or a traumatic wound from an injury? See your surgeon if it is after surgery. See a family doctor or emergency room if it is an infected wound from injury, accident, or burn. Wash and keep the are clean if it is not too deep. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
421 doctors shared insights

Wound Infection (Overview)

A condition in which germs have got into the area where the skin is broken.There may be infection in a small area around the edge, or in the whole wound site, or spreading further. Surgical wound infections are also called "surgical site infections."


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Treating a Puncture Wound (Checklist)

Remove the foreign body, if possible
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Clean the wound with soap and water
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Apply pressure if there is any bleeding
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Update your tetanus vaccination
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For how long does it take for signs of wound infection to appear?

For how long does it take for signs of wound infection to appear?

Usually 2 to 3 days: It may take 2 to 3 days before one sees signs and symptoms of an infection. ...Read more

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What are the common effects of wound infection on psa blood test?

What are the common effects of wound infection on psa blood test?

Unsure: Psa stands for prostate specific antigen and because it is specific for the prostate there is no rationale for why could be affected by a wound infection. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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What are the tests for wound infection?

Tests for infection: In order to treat an infection in a wound, a clinician must correctly diagnose an infection. A culture should be taken of any wound that may be infected before empirical antibiotics are administered. There are proper ways to perform a culture: for example, using the levine technique. This insures a more accurate method of determining an infection. ...Read more

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How do I know when to take Someone to the doctor if they have a wound infection an it's been a week it hasn't heeled yet?

How do I know when to take Someone to the doctor if they have a wound infection an it's been a week it hasn't heeled yet?

Depends : Depends on where the wound is. Anything other than a superficial scrape should be checked if it is still open and possibly draining after one week ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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What's a wound infection caused by?

What's a wound infection caused by?

Infection: A wound infection is caused by a bacterium. There are thousands of species of bacteria that we live with every day; a smaller subset are the culprits of wound infections. ...Read more

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Can redness around a wound always mean infection?

Wound Rednrss: No. Slight redness is expected and is due to inflammatory response. However if it is spreading and sometimes accompanied with fever then it is infection and should be treated as such with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels with hot water separately
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How to treat wound infection?

How to treat wound infection?

Several things: The wound needs to be cleaned, dead tissue or foreign body removed (debridement), any pus which is present needs to be drained, an extremity with an infected wound may be immobilized (splint). Of course antibiotics, directly on the wound (such as triple antibiotic ointment), orally (often keflex or doxycycline), or even intravenously, if serious. Plus several other measures, nutrition, etc ...Read more

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In what way is a severe wound infection treated?

In what way is a severe wound infection treated?

Antibiotics: The wound should be seen by a physician. It may need to be opened and drained to get rid of the source of the infection followed by wound care to allow good healing. Patients are usually initially started on antibiotics to help clear the infection. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for wound infection?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for wound infection?

Need to see a doctor: You might need a prescription for an antibiotic. In addition to this, wound care with soap and water is important. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Can you please suggest treatments for wound infections?

Can you please suggest treatments for wound infections?

See your doctor: Physicians can empirically(best guess) treat wounds, but they to do a tissue culture/biopsy is better than a swab culture. Of course one should clean wound, and a doc may need to debride wound. Additionally one would want to cleanse wound regularly, and use appropriate dressing to decrease chance infection or manage bioburden infection if present, oral and IV antibiotics may be necessary. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of wound infection?

See surgeon: The area needs to be evaluated cleaned or even derided to remove revitalized tissue and then packed and monitored for progress. Culture and appropriate antibiotics amy be necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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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


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more