My husband has a wound, tore skin and muscle. Depth about 1.5 - 2 inches, length about 4 inches. ER did bad job of cleaning, bad stitching and no antibiotics. 10 days later wound is infected, tissue all around wound is hard to the touch, inflamed, oozing yellow and small amount of blood (he is on blood thinner, PT INR last check was 3.2) second doctor took out stitches and wound opened up to depth of .25 inches, and she prescribed doxy. 100mg q bid X 10 days. I am worried that a drain should have been put in and a stronger PO or IV antibiotic prescribed.
Without seeing it I can't tell you if it needed a drain or not. I think she thought taking the stitches out would be enough to open it up and drain. Doxy is good for it. A normal skin infection usually doesn't require an iv antibiotic. I would say boil some water with a pinch of salt and put it in the frig, then use that when changing his dressing to clean it thoroughly. If you have access to a syringe, I like to take a syringe full of salt water and flush the wound out. Then neosporin is a good oint to use, it actually does promote healing. And cover it with a dry dressing. I'd do this at least twice a day. Using the ointment will keep the wound moist and it will heal from the inside out, so that the infection can drain, instead of the skin closing first.
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