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Wound Infection

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is a wound infection?

A wound infection occurs when bacteria enters a break in the skin. The infection may involve just the skin, or affect deeper tissues or organs close to the wound.

What increases my risk for a wound infection?

Anything that decreases your body's ability to heal wounds may put you at risk for a wound infection. This includes any of the following:

What are the signs and symptoms of a wound infection?

Your symptoms may start a few days after you get the wound, or may not occur for a month or two after the wound happens:

How is a wound infection diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your medical history and examine you. Your provider will ask how and when you were wounded. You may have any of the following tests:

How is a wound infection treated?

Treatment will depend on how severe the wound is, its location, and whether other areas are affected. It may also depend on your health and the length of time you have had the wound. Ask your provider about these and other treatments you may need:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I help my wound heal?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

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