How do you treat an infected wound?
Treatment depends on the type of infection you have, and how serious it is.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe oral antibiotics to help fight bacteria.
Your provider may also clean the wound with an antibiotic solution or apply an antibiotic ointment.
Sometimes a pocket of pus (abscess) may form..
Can an infected wound heal on its own?
Infection of the wound triggers the body’s immune response, causing inflammation and tissue damage, as well as slowing the healing process. Many infections will be self-contained and resolve on their own, such as a scratch or infected hair follicle.
Is my wound infected or just healing?
After the initial discharge of a bit of pus and blood, your wound should be clear. If the discharge continues through the wound healing process and begins to smell bad or have discoloration, it’s probably a sign of infection.
When should I go to the ER for an infected cut?
A person with a wound should seek medical attention if: the wound is large, deep, or has jagged edges. the edges of the wound do not stay together. symptoms of infection occur, such as fever, increasing pain or redness, or discharge from the wound.
What happens if an infected wound goes untreated?
It’s also possible that an infected cut will never heal properly. It can lead to skin infections such as impetigo, and it can also become an abscess. In extremely rare cases, an untreated infected cut can develop into necrotising fasciitis.
Is an infection an emergency?
Typically, a serious infection means it’s time to visit the emergency room.