Infected Wounds 2

Friday, April 11, 2014

Everyday cuts and scrapes can become serious problems if they become infected. These wounds can be treated at home but care should be taken to prevent infection. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some self-care treatment tips in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Most wounds are typically contaminated by bacteria. However, infected wounds result when the bodys immune defenses are overwhelmed or cannot cope with normal bacterial growth.

Here are some self-care steps for wounds to help prevent infection:

Apply pressure to the wound and raise the wounded part above the level of the heart.

Carefully wash the wound with soap and warm water immediately. Remove all dirt and debris. Washing a wound early will reduce the number of germs in and around a wound, so the bodys natural defenses can stop infection.

After cleaning, leave the wound open to the air unless it will get dirty easily or oozes blood. If necessary, cover the wound with a dressing or bandage. Change the bandage daily; checking for signs of infection. An antibiotic ointment can be used around the wound to keep the bandage from sticking to the wound.

Depending on the situation, your health care provider may recommend treatment ranging from soaking the wound to draining the wound and prescribing antibiotics.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.