Have you been injured recently? Perhaps you were out playing a game of football with your friends, or you may have slipped at home and cut yourself. You might have been in an accident at work or even in a car accident. No matter how you were injured, it is important that you continue to check your wounds for infection. Here are some tips for checking your wounds.
How Will I Know if I Have an Infection?
There are several signs you can look for to determine if you have an infection. When you are checking your wound, look for redness and swelling. If your wound is infected, it may feel hot, which is an indication something is wrong. Your wound may be painful to the touch, and you may see pus-forming as well.
If you have an infection, and it is getting worse, you’ll need to look for these signs: an increase in pain and swelling, red streaks that are moving away from the wound, developing a fever, chills, or vomiting, and swollen glands. If you have any of these symptoms, you’ll need to get help as soon as possible.
You can work to avoid infections by practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your wound as much as possible. Change your wound dressing often and avoid getting your wound wet. If you were given antibiotics or antibiotic cream, use it as directed. Keep your wound clean as well. Do not exercise unless you have been directed to do so. If you are concerned about your wound, you need to consult with your doctor as soon as you can.
When you need medical equipment, you’ll need to give us a call. You can reach Sarasota Medical Products at 941.377.1451.