What Are the Signs of Wound Infection?

Introduction

 

Minor wounds, such as small cuts and scratches, can typically be treated safely at home. Numerous minor wounds will heal on their own with adequate treatment. If you have a persistent wound or one that has not healed after 30 days, you will require the assistance of a physician or wound care specialist. When microorganisms, such as bacteria, develop inside injured skin, wounds,  and spread, it can become infected. Pain, swelling, and redness that worsen over time may be symptoms of illness. In more serious infections, nausea, chills, or fever may occur, but they are not typically the first indicators of illness.

 

Complications of Infected Wounds

 

If a wound infection is not treated promptly and effectively, it may spread. The skin in the region may become red, inflamed, and irritated. The infection has the potential to spread to the deeper tissues just beneath the surface. Cellulitis is the term used to describe this rapidly spreading infection. As the infection progresses, it may spread through your bloodstream, causing you to feel badly. This can result in a fever and may progress to a severe infection called sepsis.

 

Typical Signs of Infection

 

  • Fever
  • Drainage that is green or tan
  • Pungent drainage
  • Swelling of the wound area
  • Warm skin surrounding the wound
  • Loss of function and movement
  • Increased pain in the wound or surrounding area
  • Felling of overall malaise

 

Disclaimer

 

The views and opinions stated in this blog are exclusively those of the author and do not reflect iWound, its affiliates, or partner companies.

 

Future Reading and References

 

DPSBali’s Azure Weblog. https://dpsbali-azureweblog.blogspot.com/

 

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