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What's a wound infection caused by?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Mostly by bacteria

Most wound infections are caused by bacteria.

A few are caused by fungi.

In brief: Mostly by bacteria

Most wound infections are caused by bacteria.

A few are caused by fungi.
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Dr. Bret Boyle
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bacteria

Most wound infections are caused by the common bacteria that live on our skin such as staph and strep.
More rarely, yeast and other less common bacteria can cause wound infections. If a wound infection is being treated with an antibiotic and not visibly improved within 3 days, return for re-evaluation. This is important because many bacteria are developing resistance to various antibiotics.

In brief: Bacteria

Most wound infections are caused by the common bacteria that live on our skin such as staph and strep.
More rarely, yeast and other less common bacteria can cause wound infections. If a wound infection is being treated with an antibiotic and not visibly improved within 3 days, return for re-evaluation. This is important because many bacteria are developing resistance to various antibiotics.
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