Wound Infection

A wound infection happens when a type of germ (bacteria) grows in a wound. Caring for the infection can help the wound heal. Wound infections need treatment.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Take your antibiotic medicine as told. Finish it even if you start to feel better.

  • Clean the wound with mild soap and water as told. Rinse the soap off. Pat the area dry with a clean towel. Do not rub the wound.

  • Change any bandages (dressings) as told by your doctor.

  • Put cream and a bandage on the wound as told by your doctor.

  • If the bandage sticks, wet it with soapy water to remove the bandage.

  • Change the bandage if it gets wet, dirty, or starts to smell.

  • Take showers. Do not take baths, swim, or do anything that puts your wound under water.

  • Avoid exercise that makes you sweat.

  • If your wound itches, use a medicine that helps stop itching. Do not pick or scratch at the wound.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more puffiness (swelling), pain, or redness around the wound.

  • You have more yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

  • You have a bad smell coming from the wound.

  • Your wound breaks open more.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.