Infections can happen, no matter how healthy you are. Urinary tract infections, chest infections, and even sinus infections can all occur and make life miserable for you for at least a few days.
Cuts and injuries can also become infected if you are not careful. Once again, even a healthy person can have a wound get infected if you don’t take certain precautions. People often don’t think twice about when they get a cut and often don’t prevent an infection.
In this article, I will go over what you need to do to ensure that a cut or injury doesn’t become infected.
Kill Any Bacteria
It’s bacteria that causes an infection in a wound. To make sure that it doesn’t get infected, you have to make sure that the bacteria on it are dead. Depending on what caused the cut, there could be a lot or a little bacteria.
If your cut was clean and not from something dirty, you can wipe it with a cotton swab with some alcohol and put on a bandage. If the cut was deep and you suspect the cut’s cause was from a dirty item, you will need to have more insurance against possible infection.
In this case, use a swab with alcohol and then put on a bandage with antimicrobial properties, like Aquacel or something similar.
This will ensure that the antimicrobial gel is long-lasting and gives a steady supply to the affected area. Whatever remaining bacteria is there doesn’t have a chance to multiply.
What To Look For
The first few days after your injury or wound, there will be some swelling. This is normal and not a sign of infection. It’s merely the body sending antibodies to the area to combat any potential disease. It will also be sore and somewhat painful to the touch.
If it has become infected, you will start to see some signs after a couple of days. The first sign will be a warm sensation surrounding the wound. When you start feeling that sensation, you should take off the bandage and investigate. If you see any signs of green or slightly yellow discharge, this is a sure sign that you have an infection and need to take care of it.
Wash the infection with warm water and clean the surrounding area with warm soapy water to avoid the wound itself. Once you have done this, allow it to dry and apply some antibacterial ointment and then replace the bandage with a clean and new one.
Change the bandage every day and wash the wound with warm water and another round of antibiotic cream to kill any lingering bacteria. Always make sure it is dry before replacing the bandage.
This should take care of the infection, but if you continue to see signs that are then accompanied by fever, it is time to consult a physician.