Most people have either been victims or spectators of cuts and wounds. For example, you might suffer cuts while chopping fruits in a jiffy or get scratched while playing a sport. A wound is any damage or a break on the surface of the skin. Even though these wound occurrences are regular occurrences, they can turn infectious, raising several complications and making you sick.
What exactly is a wound infection?
When bacteria or other germs enter a break in the damaged skin barrier, it causes a wound infection. The infection may affect only the skin or spread deeper to the tissues or organs near the wound. As the bacteria fights the immune system, it causes inflammation and tissue damage, slowing down the healing process. When left untreated, these infections can worsen and may necessitate medical attention.
What are the signs of a wound infection?
If you have not taken the right care of your wound, you may notice the following symptoms a few days after getting it :
- The wound becomes more painful instead of gradually improving
- The skin near the wound gets warm, red, painful, or swollen
- Excess discharge of blood or pus
- A foul odour emitted from the wound
If the infection spreads further, the redness will keep spreading to more areas of the skin. You may feel unwell, get a temperature or face aches and pains.
Thankfully, acute wounds such as minor cuts or scratches may not require major medical help. Instead, you can treat these types of wounds at home by following a simple wound care process. However, severe wounds that involve significant bleeding will require immediate medical attention. Therefore, you need to follow these steps to know how to treat infected wounds and minimise the risk of infection :
When you get a scratch or cut, prompt and proper wound care treatment is vital in preventing wound infection. So, in the case of acute wounds, you can handle your wounds by regular disinfection and appropriate wound dressing for quick healing. However, if the appearance of infected cuts doesn't improve, you should immediately contact a medical professional. Need additional information on how to treat infected wounds for faster healing? Read on Protect against infection with Hansaplast Bacteria Shield Plasters.
Please note that the above recommendations are general care tips. Consult a health care professional in case of any uncertainty around wound treatment and healing.
Always see your doctor if a wound is deep, bleeding profusely, or showing infection signs. For diabetic patients especially, proper wound care holds the utmost importance. Do not hesitate to discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor or your podiatrist, even when minor wounds and cuts – especially if they’re on your feet.
The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Although compiled with great care, it is not a substitute for professional advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult your doctor immediately.