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How to tell if a scab is infected?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: Infected/inflammed

Red, hot, swollen and drainage (inflammation) are normal signs of healing and in fact, not bad but are integral to healing.
If infected, the wound should not improve, the patient have fevers, chills, and other systemic signs of infection. Culture of the wound should never be with a swab on the surface but a simple tissue biopsy. Routine use of antibiotics is to be condemned due to the risks.

In brief: Infected/inflammed

Red, hot, swollen and drainage (inflammation) are normal signs of healing and in fact, not bad but are integral to healing.
If infected, the wound should not improve, the patient have fevers, chills, and other systemic signs of infection. Culture of the wound should never be with a swab on the surface but a simple tissue biopsy. Routine use of antibiotics is to be condemned due to the risks.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. Christiaan Maurer
Internal Medicine

In brief: Drainage

Yellow drainage or pus = infection.

In brief: Drainage

Yellow drainage or pus = infection.
Dr. Christiaan Maurer
Dr. Christiaan Maurer
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