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Infected Wounds

 

All types of wounds starting from paper cuts to gunshot wounds share a danger of infection.

Usually within 24 hours, all the bacterial infection occurs, and can take up to 3 to 4 days to develop.

The main cause for the concern is a prolonged increase in pain, redness, or swelling around a wound.

If a wound results from a dirty object, a tetanus shot may be needed to prevent this disease. Once the series of basic tetanus immunizations is completed, a tetanus booster shot is needed every 10 years and more often if a wound is at high risk for tetanus. We can get the doctor’s advice, if needed.

Self Care :

  • Carefully wash the wound with soap and warm water immediately.
  • Remove all the dirt and debris.
  • Washing a Wound early will reduce the number of germs in and around a wound, so the body’s natural defences can stop infection.
  • After cleaning, leave the wound open to the air unless it will get dirty easily or oozes blood. If necessary, cover the wound with a dressing or bandage.
  • Change the bandage daily, checking for signs of infection.
  • An antibiotic ointment can be used around wound to keep the bandage from sticking to the wound.


  • Signs and Symptoms that needs proper care :

  • Increased pain at the wound site.
  • Redness or swelling around the wound.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.
  • High temperature that you believe to be a fever.
  • Pus draining from the wound.

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