Infected Wound

Infected Wounds: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

An infected wound can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. These types of wounds can happen from a variety of causes, including bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Infections can also develop from foreign objects, such as dirt or glass, that enter the wound. It is important to identify the infection and begin treatment as soon as possible to reduce the risk of the infection spreading.

Causes of Infected Wounds

Infected wounds are most commonly caused by bacteria. Bacteria naturally live and reproduce on our skin, but when the barrier of our skin is broken, they can enter the body and cause an infection.

Infections can also occur from physical contact with a contaminated object, such as a knife or animal saliva. Fungal and viral infections can also be a cause of an infected wound.

Signs of an Infected Wound

When a wound becomes infected, it can cause certain symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • Redness or swelling
  • Pain or tenderness around the wound
  • Discharge from the wound, which may be clear, green, yellow, or cloudy
  • Warmth or heat around the wound area
  • Foul odor around the wound

Treating an Infected Wound

If you suspect you have an infected wound, you should see a doctor or healthcare provider immediately. Treatment will depend on the cause and severity of the infection.

Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to help clear the infection. If the infection is severe, you may need to be hospitalized and receive intravenous antibiotics.

It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions closely. Make sure you take the recommended dosage of antibiotics and finish all medication, even if you start feeling better. Failing to do so can result in the infection coming back.

Preventing Infected Wounds

The best way to prevent an infected wound is to practice good wound care. It is important to clean the wound thoroughly and to keep the wound covered until it is fully healed. If the wound becomes red or swollen, or you start to experience any of the symptoms of an infection, make sure to contact your doctor or healthcare provider right away.