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Wound Infection In Children
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
With any: Infection, treatment in general is local treatment with adequate drainage and removal of dead tissue if necessary, and systemic treatment with antibiotics to control spread of infection to adjacent tissue. You should really consult your surgeon for specific advice. ...Read more
I think I feel a cubital node. No wound/infection. Does this mean this is bad news? Really scared!
Probably not: A new mass in a lymph node bearing area is usually a benign reaction. However, because it is new, you need to see your doctor. If it doesn't go away, (which may require antibiotics) you might need a biopsy to make sure it's not cancerous. ...Read more
See a doctor: This can get out of control quickly. See a doctor immediately. ...Read more
See the surgeon: So that the surgical wound can be examined. It may need to be opened in addition to using antimicrobials. ...Read more
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
Wound infection: Many factors which include: the type of wound; the circumstances in which the wound developed (especially traumatic wounds); the length of time that you had the wound; underlying illnesses like diabetes or poor blood flow; the lack of care of the wound. These are just a few of the major things that can increase the risk of a wound infection. ...Read more
Pain, redness, pus: If a wound gets infected, you will usually see swelling of the wound, redness developing around the wound and spreading outwards, and increased pain with the wound. Eventually when the pus builds up enough inside the wound in can open spontaneously and start drainage out, but this is usually later in the process. You can also get body symptoms such as fevers and fatigue in big infections. ...Read more
Depends: Most wound infections are treated with antibiotics and resolve fairly quickly, a few days, depending on the type of bacteria that is causing the infection, the blood supply to the infected area, and the depth of the infection. If the depth of the infection is through the fascia or into the bone it may take weeks to months to clear. ...Read more
1 week: Usually within one week.Get a more detailed answer ›
Colonization.: A wound is said to be infected when micro organisms have begun to colonize within the wound and have impeded the normal wound healing processes. This disruption of the wound healing can range from a delay in healing to a total breakdown of the wound. ...Read more
Usually 2 to 3 days: It may take 2 to 3 days before one sees signs and symptoms of an infection. ...Read more
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
See the doctor: Localized small infections can be rinsed with sterile saline and dressed with a topical antibiotic ointment and covered with a sterile dressing. Deeper more involved infections with extending redness past the immediate margins will likely require a more aggressive approach such as incision and drainage, debridement, and oral antibiotic. Consult with your physician as to what would be best for you. ...Read more
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.
Consider infection if there is pain, redness, odor, drainage, lack of healing over a reasonable time period, and any changes in the wound that are negative (enlarging, change in color of the tissue, etc.) ...Read more
Not used alone!: A wound vac in itself, is not used for a wound infection. However, combined with the appropriate antibiotics and debridement of dead/macerated tissue, the wound vac helps in preventing the pooling of body fluids within the wound site, minimizing the progression of an infection. ...Read more
Where do I go for suspected wound infection (not surgeon but I did not have surgery. It is a wound that healed by itself)?
Either one is: Ok, but main thing is adequate drainage and mechanical cleansing, systemic antibiotics if necessary. Topical ointment is probably of much lesser significance. Ask your surgeon to be sure. ...Read more
Unlikely: Usually it would take 2 to 3 days before you see significant signs resulting from an infected wound. ...Read more
NotSoMuch: The severity of a gsw is related to the structures injured in the course of the bullet; there is nothing intrinsically dangerous about the bullet, which is actually sterile (in contrast to tv shows, we do not remove bullets unless they are in harms way). A wound infection is no more dangerous from a gsw than any other wound except for any foreign material present (clothing, etc). ...Read more
Depends on site: Of wound and bacteria that caused infection. Most skin infections are caused by staph or strep, and Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can be effective, but not always. If it is a surgical wound that got infected after GI or gu surgery, the bacteria could be gram negative. But the proper treatment always includes adequate surgical drainage. ...Read more
Proper evaluation: The appropriate treatment will depend on what the wound needs. Sometimes partial opening is necessary with clean out and good wound care, while other times antibiotics alone can do it. You must get a proper evaluation from your surgeons office to determine what is needed. ...Read more
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
Culture: Have it evaluated. A culture will be able to determine the diagnosis. Have it treated appropriately. ...Read more
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