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It is pretty common to get cuts, scratches, and wounds. While minor wounds heal on their own, they can become infected or heal slowly. You will need timely medical intervention in case of an infection, but how to know if a cut is infected? Continue reading this blog.

Signs of an Infected Cut

You should keep an eye out for the following signs of wound infection:

  1. Redness and Swelling
    Do you notice redness and swelling around the cut? It is normal to see redness as a part of the healing process. Excessive redness accompanied by swelling, on the other hand, is an indicator of a possible infection.
  2. Constant Pain
    You can expect some discomfort while the cut is healing, but persistent pain is something you should not ignore. If the pain is getting worse or constant in and around the wound, chances are you may be dealing with an infection. Severe, throbbing pain that does not go away with OTC pain medications will need immediate medical attention.
  3. Warm Wound Site
    Is the skin around your wound warm to the touch? Warm wound site is another sign that you have an infected cut.
  4. Pus or Drainage
    Pus or unusual drainage from the cut is a clear indicator that it is infected. It is usually yellow or green with a thick consistency, and you may even notice an unpleasant odor. You should not wait to consult a professional if you experience drainage from the wound or other symptoms.
  5. Delayed Healing
    Another way to tell if you have a possible infected cut is delayed healing. If the wound shows no signs of improvement and worsens with time, you should get it evaluated by a professional. There are many reasons behind delayed healing, including infection.
  6. Fever and Chills
    An infection can result in fever and chills. Do you have a high body temperature? A fever, along with chills and shivering, could signify the infection has spread beyond the localized wound area. You should seek prompt medical treatment.
  7. Swollen Lymph Nodes
    When our immune system responds to the infection, lymph nodes play an important role. They might get swelling and become tender to touch if there is an infected wound nearby. Keep an eye out for enlarged or swollen lymph nodes close to the wound, and contact a professional if you notice one.

Can an Infected Cut Lead to Skin Infection?

An infection requires prompt attention. If you do not treat it right away, it will spread into the deeper tissues present under your skin, which is called cellulitis. The infection can reach other parts of your body by traveling through your blood. If this happens, you will feel generally unwell and get a fever.

Infected cuts may never heal properly and lead to skin infections such as impetigo. You may notice an abscess. Though it is extremely rare, an untreated infected cut can possibly develop into a ‘flesh-eating disorder’ or necrotizing fasciitis.

Wrap Up

Redness, swelling, pus, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and a warm wound site are some signs you may have an infected wound. At Care Dermatology, we care about our patients and want them to have healthy skin. Dr. Tarrek Shaath and his team look forward to helping you. Dial (407) 887-2250 to get started!

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