Wound healing: Take care before it festers!

If you’ve had an operation or an injury that’s left you with a stitched wound, then this basic step-by-step wound-care information is just what you need 산하련 다운로드!

Medical care today can seem pretty miraculous, but recovery is often your own job –  that can mean remembering to rest, doing your physio and proper care of your wound. One of the most common complications after surgery is infection of the surgical wound – or the deeper tissues that were involved in the surgery.

What causes wound infection?

Infections are caused by germs on the skin, in the body or in the air that enter the wound. Basic wound-care steps are:

  1. Wash your hands before touching your wound
  2. Use salt water or an antiseptic solution to clean the wound when you are changing the dressing, as recommended by your doctor
  3. Dry gently with clean paper towels

Help healing from the inside

Promote good wound healing by keeping your body healthy. Make sure your sugar is controlled if you are diabetic, eat healthy food, take vitamins like Zinc and Vitamin C to promote wound healing and rest as much as possible.

It is important to know what signs to look out for to catch an infected wound early:

  1. Yellow or green fluid draining from the wound could signal an infection. Clear or pinkish fluid can be a normal part of the healing process.
  2. A little redness around the wound is normal, but redness spreading up your arm or leg, or red lines spreading out from the wound are warning signs that the wound may be infected.
  3. Some swelling around the wound can be normal, but if the swollen area becomes firm and painful, or if the glands nearby are swollen, there may be an infection.
  4. A hot, painful or smelly wound could also be infected.
  5. If you have a fever or chills, you may be developing a systemic (generalised body) infection and you should get medical care urgently!
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Take it to your doctor!

If you develop any of the above symptoms, you should get to your doctor to check whether your wound may be getting infected.  Your doctor will assess whether you have an abscess that needs to be drained, or a superficial infection that can be treated with good wound care measures like dressings and antibiotic cream. If the infection is deeper, you may need to drink antibiotic tablets, or get an antibiotic drip. Your doctor may also need to take you back to theatre to clean the wound, if there is a deep wound infection.

Infected wounds that do not get treated could lead to permanent damage of the skin, muscle and other organs, systemic infections. If it gets completely out of hand, it can even lead to shock and death, so please make sure you act quickly!

Catch and treat infections early to ensure a full and uncomplicated recovery!