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Signs and Symptoms of Infection

Wounds are at risk of developing an infection when certain bacteria enter the wound and the body is unable to fight them off. Proper care of your wound at home by keeping it clean and dressed will help to prevent an infection. Although these infections often can be safely treated with antibiotics, it is important to know how to recognize an infection early so that treatment can be started as soon as possible. Below are the signs and symptoms of infection that you should look for each time the dressing is changed.

  • General redness or red streaks on the skin surrounding the wound.
  • Increased swelling to tenderness at the wound site.
  • Pus-like drainage or a foul smell from the wound.
  • Body chills or fever.
  • For people with diabetes – high blood sugar, or trouble keeping your blood sugar level.

If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, please notify the Wound Center at 573-331-6353.