A wound infection can stem from the most minor of scrapes to deep sores healing from a major surgery. No matter the extent of the injury, keeping wounds clean from the start is key to preventing future infection. However, in the case that you do experience one, there are supplies you can use to treat it and recover quickly.
An infection in a wound begins when bacteria enters the cut or scrape and multiplies. This bacteria could come from the environment or the object that caused the wound.
Initial symptoms include redness and swelling, as well as green or yellow discharge. You may begin to smell a bad odor or see a change color and size. The area around the skin will become hot.
Red streaks on the surrounding skin, aching, chills, fever, nausea, or vomiting are signs that the infection may be growing worse.
Have you been wounded from a dirty or rusty object? Do you know if debris or glass is stuck in the wound? Take extra care to ensure that the wound is treated right away.
If you have a low immune system, there is greater risk of infection. People with diabetes, advancing age, poor diet, high blood pressure, obesity, or a lack of mobility are also more susceptible.
When an infection is not treated promptly, other serious complications result. Three bacterial infections possible include cellulitis (skin infection), osteomyelitis (bone infection), or sepsis (infection in the bloodstream). Wounds caused from bites or dirty objects can increase the risk of tetanus.
For proper prevention, Medical Supply Depot provides the tools necessary for wound care:
To begin, keep your hands clean and the environment free of debris. Use soap to get rid of any bacteria that resides on the surrounding skin, but avoid soap inside the wound itself. Run warm water over the site or gently rub it with a clean, water-soaked cloth.
Sterilize your equipment with rubbing alcohol. Use tweezers to get rid of any particles stuck in the wound. Before applying gauze or a sponge, you may want to clean it further with a wound cleanser or apply antiseptic ointment. Finally, cover it with a wrap or adhesive bandage.
When treating a more serious wound, a wound drainage collector may be necessary.
If you experience further pain, the wound does not close, or bleeding does not stop, contact your doctor.
Prevent unnecessary pain by stocking your cabinet with the tools necessary to treat wounds and potential infections! Visit Medical Supply Depot at https://www.medicalsupplydepot.com or contact them at tel:(800)965-7496.