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FAQ - Surgical Wound Infection
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How do you take care of a surgical wound?


ok I had a graft of skin taken from my groin area(where there's no hair) for reconstructive surgery. Anyway the wound is held together only by medical tape. How to take care of it? THe doctor didn't give me any instructions on this wound. The tape started peeling hours after the surgery so I put more tape on the edge of it.
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The surgery line is covered with tape??? Right? Then there is no open meat--as such so nothing needs to be done with it. Nothing is open that need attention. (Maybe I am wrong here) It is sealed.  (+ info)

How do you know if your wound has an infection?


I fell down about a week ago. And there doesnt seem to be a scab coming. At the beggining, there was alot of puss, so i put some peroxyde on it everyday to clean it. Now there are purple spots that are very small, and the scabs from the sides have tips that are yellow. Other from that, it is just red skin. Do i have an infection? If i do, what should i do?
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pls, see your doctor for further treatment  (+ info)

Can sweat cause infection in open wound?


I have an open wound from a recently popped boil on my inner thigh. It no longer hurts but is still draining / bleeding a little. I want to go work out (just elliptical and circuit weight machines) after work but do you think that it will irritate or cause an infection in the wound if I sweat? I do have it taped up but not tightly.
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If it were me I would wait. You have dirt, dust and bacteria all over your body.
If you sweat and beads of sweat carrying dirt and bacteria migrate down from the groin area ( or from any other areas) you could be asking for trouble. Taping it may not do the trick. That could further aggravate it.
Give yourself enough time for it to heal properly.  (+ info)

How long does it take for signs of wound infection to appear?


My husband got stuck in his hand by a date palm spike yesterday afternoon. It hurt all night last night, and not only hurt, but was stiff and painful to move this morning. The spike got him in the area between the thumb and first finger, and the pain radiates up both the thumb and first finger. Can infection show up that quickly (15 hours)? Or, is it more likely that the spike damaged a nerve or something inside his hand?

Thanks in advance for all your great answers!
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Infection sets in about 1-2 days after injury.
If the spike was dirty, this increases the possibilty of getting an infection.

All injuries of the hand (includes the space between the thumb and finger) need to be treated. Infections notoriously can go deep into the hand and function can be lost. I speak through experience. I got stuck in my hand by a pin, I leaned back on the rug and it had been hidden. I ignored it. It got infected and it took weeks and weeks to treat.

Signs of infection include: increased redness, swelling, formation of pus. A clear,liquidy discharge is normal.

Puncture wounds are VERY prone to infection. He should receive a tetnus shot and also get it inspected by a doctor.

Meanwhile, have him soak the hand in warm, soapy water and then apply hot compressed to the area.

I wouldn't ignore this.  (+ info)

What is the most efficient way to cleanse a deep open wound and protect it from infection?


How often should the wound be cleansed and redressed?
What are the best products to use for this?

It cannot be restitched again, so it will have to heal from the inside out.

The wound is on the back.
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Flood it with saline, using sterile technique apply an antibacterial agent, cover with clean sterile 2x2's or 4x4's depending on the size, cover the 2x2's with a large flat pad like a abdominal pad and tape making a square. Depending on drainage this should be replaced at least daily maybe 1-2 x's a day. You can get everything you need at Walgreens or CVS pharmacy. Also you may need an antibiotic (oral) from your doc. Watch for fever, redness, warmth to the touch as these are all signs of an infection. Good luck...  (+ info)

How long would it take someone with a gunshot shoulder wound to die of infection?


Assume a person is shot in the shoulder but a revolutionary flintlock rifle. They recieve no treatment except an inexpert bandage made from someone's shirt. They are then forced to march for ten days through the African wilderness. How far along would the infection of this injury be? I need the answer for a book that I'm writing.
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It also depends on the medical history/ state of your character... a compromised immune system would probably cause infection to spread from the gunshot site to somewhere else, possibly even the heart. this is all hypothetical, and you are going to have to decide how lucky you want your character to be. Also, they might bleed to death anyway, if their blood didn't clot right or bone marrow was leaked into their bloodstream or an artery was knicked...

look up everything you need to know about your characters already existing conditions first (what you want them to be, i mean) and then decide.  (+ info)

Is it possible to get E Coli in a surgical wound?


I recently went through major surgery to remove an ovary with a tumor. They claim that I have grown the bacteria e coli in the wound. How is that possible?
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E. coli comes from your digestive system, and is usually spread to the vaginal area by not wiping properly (i.e. forward instead of backward). This is the likely cause, although it's also possible to have picked something up in the operating room or at some other point during your hospital stay.  (+ info)

Can u get a blood infection by putting hydrogenpyroxide in a deep open wound?


I got a cut that got 12 stitches and before i went to the doctor i put hydrogen pyroxide in it and some idiot in the place(not even a doctor) said something to the effect of putting hydo in a deep cut puts too much oxygen into the blood causing a blood infection is this true? Also can u explain to me if a blood infection is serious.
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peroxide isn't good for any cut/scrape/and definitely not a wound......it does clean it, its kills the bad bacteria, but also the good ones, which makes it harder to heal.......use sterile water for deeper wounds and better yet, go to a doctor.  (+ info)

How long does it take for symptoms of staph infection show up in a skin wound??


I cut my hand pretty bad today at 7PM, went to the ER, I was treated at about 9 PM (They cleaned it with sodium chloride and applied stitches, then neosporin, and a band aid).

If my wound were to be infected, how long would it be before symptoms show up? A day? A week?
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A couple days. Staph infection will move quickly and you will notice redness and warmth around the cut and this can be very painful. Watch it closely and keep it clean. If it develops redness and puss with heat and increased soreness, go back to your doctor to have it treated. Good luck!  (+ info)

Did you have a wound infection after your C section ?


I had my beautiful boy 2 weeks ago. I also had an emergency C section. Half of my wound has healed and the other half has become infected. The skin around and above my wound has become hard and very tender. The pain has gotten worse as the days go on and the infection is moving upwards. The nurse changes my dressing every day. Unfortunately the infection has attacked me too so I have the shakes hot and cold and really havent had the opportunity to enjoy my son fully because of all the side effects that the infection has placed on me. I just need reassurrance that others have been through the same as me and that I will make a full recovery. I feel like i've been hit with a truck I have no energy. I am on very strong anti biotics and hope they kick in soon.
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I too had an emergency section in 96 and yes I believe I had this same problem. All parts heal differently and if yorue on antibiotics I think thats a great start..I sure hope you get to feeling better sooon and congratulations!:)  (+ info)

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