Infected Wounds 1Thursday, April 10, 2014
Getting cuts and scrapes is a normal part of life. Most of the time these wounds heal without difficulty. Sometimes, though wounds become infected, which can cause serious problems. Dr. Edward Hill discusses wound infections in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Infected wounds are wounds in which bacteria or other microorganisms have colonized, causing either a delay in wound healing or deterioration of the wound.
Most cases of infected wounds are caused by bacteria, originating either from the skin, other parts of the body or the outside environment. Contamination from other parts of the body may also cause wound infection.
An infected wound may be characterized by increased or sustained pain, redness or swelling, draining pus, bad odor or non-healing of the wound.
Infected wounds can have serious complications. A non-healing wound can result in significant pain and discomfort for the patient. The infection can also affect the surrounding tissues and may cause a bacterial skin infection or an acute or chronic bacterial bone infection. If the infection spreads to the blood vessels, the bacteria may spread.
The primary factor that needs to be addressed in wound infections is proper wound care. The use of antibiotics should only be given under the direction of a physician.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.