Sumary of The signs of an infected cut and how to care for wounds at home:
- An infected cut can cause red skin, oozing pus, and a yellow crust around the wound.
- But if your cut grows increasingly redder and more swollen after a few days, this may be a sign that it’s infected.
- In many cases, you can treat an infected cut at home with antibacterial ointment and bandages, but for more serious infections, you may need to see your doctor.
- Here’s how you can tell if your cut is infected and how to treat it.
- Risk factors for infection How to care for an infected cut To prevent the infection from worsening, it’s important to keep your cut clean.
- Biggers suggests following these steps to clean and care for an infected cut:Wash the area around the cut with warm water and soap, avoiding the actual cut to prevent irritation.
- Cover the cut with a bandage or gauze that fits the size of your wound How to prevent infected cutsTo prevent your cut from becoming infected, wash it right away with water to remove any dirt or debris that may lead to infection.
- Note: Wash your hands and sterilize tweezers before touching your cut with them to prevent bacteria from entering the wound.