How to treat a wound infection?
Your body's immune system can't always fight against germs and bacteria by itself; particularly if there is a wound to care. If not treated properly, one of those disease-causing microorganisms could enter your body making you sick and unless you are treated promptly, the injury infection could get worse and be life-threatening. If a wound remains open and gets infected, the body will fight the infection instead of curing the wound.
Wound infections can be prevented by following the right steps in wound care. Always keep a good hygiene, keep the wound clean with water and soap and make sure to keep it dry with the exception of using antibiotic creams or ointments and keep it covered. If you see any redness around it, bad odor or pus coming out of it and even if you feel dizzy have a fast heartbeat or have fever, you most probably have an infection and should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
In the presence of an infection it is pertinent to first contact your caregiver and let them take a look at the infection to decide on further procedures. Follow their instructions on taking care of the wound contamination at home.
Antibiotics are often prescribed to decrease any inflammation and fight the infection while your body tries to concentrate on healing the wound itself. Keep taking them for the time given even if you already feel better and see positive results on the affected area. Depending on the gravity there is a variety of treatments that might be recommended:
- Constant wound cleaning
- Tetanus vaccination
- Special healing creams and ointments
- Over-the-counter pain relief medications
- Support stockings, found at www.discountmedicalsupplies.com
- Dead skin removal
- Deep wound exploration
- Ulcer removal
- Blood supply improvement
Complementary cares that you can do at home to improve the healing process are always welcome in the case of an infection. Other suggestions of wound treatment that you can try yourself or have someone at home help you, are:
- Proper nutrition. Especially foods with vitamin C, vitamin A and Zinc.
- Good hygiene and wound cleaning (if you were instructed to clean it yourself or have someone do it for you)
- Wound dressing is very important and also to keep them warm and be quick while replacing the dressings.
- No smoking of alcohol ingesting, since this may slow the healing process.
- Do not use creams, sprays or washes that were not recommended by your caregiver. Make sure to check with your doctor of medication to avoid while your wound is cured.
Following these steps will help you reach the healing point faster and avoid having chronic wound infections. They need to be taken seriously with time and special care.
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