Infected Wounds: Care and Treatment

Infected Wounds: Care and TreatmentNo one likes to get hurt, even though sometimes we can’t help it. There are many different ways you can hurt yourself during the day even if you’re being extremely careful. Whether you’re riding your bike and fall off, scraping a knee, or if you’re in the kitchen and you accidentally cut your hand open, wounds are not something you like to deal with. Wounds hurt when they happen and the pain can last days. However, if a wound gets infected, the pain and disturbance can last more than just days. It can last weeks, and sometimes even become a deadly source in the body.

How does a wound get infected? Some say it’s because the hurt area is not treated correctly. Sometimes it’s when dirt gets in the wound, clogging it up and letting bacteria grow inside. According to Wound Care Centers, a wound tends to become infected when your immune system is overwhelmed and cannot cope with the normal growth of bacteria in the body. Wound infections are serious, especially if the infection is developed after a surgery. 70% of patient deaths after surgeries are not caused by the surgery at all but by the infection that developed at the surgical site.

Anyone can develop an infection in a wound. If a wound is not cleaned correctly, or dressed correctly, an infection can develop. The risk is increased for those who have diabetes or are elderly because these types of people do not always have the strength or ability to easily fight off infections. But how do you know if you have an infected wound? A wound could be infected if there is a lot of pain at the wound site, if it is swollen and red, if there is pus, or even if there is an odor at the wound site. Of course, an infection can also be possible if the wound itself is not healing.

To prevent wounds from becoming infected, one has to learn how to care and treat the wounds. First and foremost, a wound has to be dressed properly. It needs a moist environment for the cells to heal properly. The dressing over the wound should be changed frequently. The person changing the dressing should take the proper precautions and wash their hands as well as sterilize any equipment that is to be used for the dressing. Sometimes antibiotics will also be offered for wound care, whether it be on the wound itself or orally. With these precautions in place, a wound, no matter what type of wound it is, should be able to heal with little to no change of infection.

Was this article helpful?