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Know the Early Signs of an Infection

Early Signs of Infection

Cuts, scrapes, surgical scars. We all have them. Big, small, or anywhere in between, we all have any number of scars. Whether it was from an unfortunate accident with a kitchen knife or from a surgical procedure, it’s important to monitor your wound to make sure it heals properly and doesn’t become infected.

There are a number of things one can do to properly care for a wound on its own to ensure it doesn’t become infected.

Signs of Infection

There are many different signs that can point to someone having an infected wound, depending on the type of wound. A big sign, according to WebMD, is having a fever of one hundred degrees or higher and running it constantly.

Some other signs include redness, especially around the wound; skin feeling hot to the touch; pain that gets worse instead of better; and swelling around the wound area.

According to the Hyper-Healing Clinic, wounds normally heal without any help within about a week. If a wound has not completely healed in two weeks or has not shown any progress at all, then it is time to have the wound examined and evaluated by a wound specialist so they can discover the underlying cause and bring healing.

Washing your hands constantly is key. Also, change the dressing on a regular basis, and monitor any drainage from the wound. Clear drainage is best or tinged slightly yellow.

Aside from general wound treatment, there are treatment options specifically tailored to each patient and their wound. Advanced remedies typically require professional management, such as we offer at Hyper-Healing Hyperbarics. These remedies include antibiotic-impregnated specialty dressings, stem cell grafts, and biologic grafts.

These types of treatment require a level of training and expertise not found at the average clinic. We offer negative pressure wound therapy, also known as wound VAC as well as specialized compression dressings. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments will soon be available as well.

Treating the Whole Person

At Hyper-Healing Hyperbarics, doctors will treat the whole person, not just their wound. They will keep in mind any health issues the patient has, how the person got the wound, and many other factors, so they can get the patient on the path to a healed wound.

What is Hyperbaric Medicine?

In Hyperbaric chambers, a patient is placed in a chamber pressurized with an atmosphere of pure oxygen at a high pressure. It usually takes several weeks of sessions, but the results have been promising. Patients have reported their wounds have healed substantially or completely.

How to Ensure Your Wound Doesn’t Get Infected

When it comes to wound care, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Preventing an infection is far preferable to the often-difficult fight that goes into defeating one. Some simple steps can help ensure that your wound heals quickly and that you avoid dangerous infections.

Signs of an Infection

If you suspect an infection of a serious wound, seek medical intervention immediately. The more quickly an infection is treated, the more likely the treatment will be successful. Some signs to look out for:

  • Increasing redness around the wound, or red streaks radiating from the wound site
  • Warm or red skin near and around the wound
  • An increase in drainage, especially if it’s accompanied by a foul or abnormal smell
  • Weakness, fever, chills, or increased pain
  • Wound growth, tenderness, failure to heal, or blisters or obvious dead tissue

Wash Your Hands

Sanitation is critical when it comes to wound care. Before caring for a wound, wash your hands for at least twenty seconds with antibacterial soap and warm water. Rinse well and dry your hands on a clean towel. Use gloves toprevent any cross contamination and be careful not to cough, sneeze, or otherwise contaminate the wound and clean dressings.

Change Dressings as Directed

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Clean dressings remove drainage residue and provide a clean environment that promotes healing. It’s critical tokeep the wound site as clean as possible, so change the dressing as directed by your doctor. Be sure to keep any bodily fluids well away from the wound site. Make sure the area you have to work in when changing dressings is clean, well lit, and has a washable surface.

Care for your Supplies

Keep your supplies out of direct sun and away from excess heat. Keep them sealed in a plastic container. Never store wound care supplies on the floor. Consider using sealable plastic bags to store your dressings. Once the dressing’s been changed, place the used dressings in plastic bags, seal, and dispose of in a closed container.

Careful wound care helps prevent infection and promote healing. To learn more about wound care and treatments that can speed healing, contact us today.

When To See A Doctor For A Wound

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Whether you have suffered a wound due to an accident, burn, or trauma, or are dealing with an ulcer from a previous surgery, scar, or skin deterioration due to an underlying condition like diabetes or poor circulation, medical care may be necessary to speed healing and ensure a full recovery. When can you care for a wound at home, and when do you need a doctor’s care? This simple guide can help you decide.

Depth of the Wound

If the wound is more than ¼ inch deep, you may require stitches to close it. In addition, if there are jagged edges or any muscle or fat is visible or protruding, it may be necessary to have additional treatment to efficiently close and heal your injury. Don’t hesitate to see a doctor if you believe your wound is even moderately serious.

Cause of the Wound

If you suspect your wound is the result of complications of diabetes, poor circulation, or other condition, it’s important to consult a medical professional. It may be necessary to rule out underlying complications, and it may require more advanced treatment to heal. If the injury was caused by a human or animal bite, seek medical care immediately to avoid infection. Healthy adults should have a tetanus shot every ten years, in order to avoid a serious infection.

Blood Loss

Most small scrapes and cuts will stop bleeding on their own within a few minutes. If continuous pressure applied for 20 minutes does not completely stop the bleeding, it’s necessary to seek medical treatment to properly close the injury. Even if the wound is just “leaking,” it indicates damage to the underlying tissue and vascular structure that requires a medical professional’s care.

Your skin is the body’s largest organ, and it is designed to protect your body by being the first line of defense against invading germs. When the skin is compromised by an injury, it can’t do its job efficiently. Call today to learn more about treatments to speed a full recovery.