Symptoms and Treatment
for Wound Infections

What are wound infections?

Cuts, scrapes, and punctured skin — they may seem small and insignificant, but they are still wounds that need careful attention. Most of the time, they occur as a result of an accident or injury, but surgical incisions, sutures, and stitches also cause wounds. When your wound is in the process of healing, you’ll notice it changes appearance and feeling frequently — this is normal and a vital indicator of a healthy healing process. However, bacteria can enter the body through wounds — minor or major — at any stage of the healing process. And if you have a compromised immune system, diabetes, or another condition, you may be at higher risk for developing a wound infection.

What are the signs of wound infection?

Infected wounds have very distinct signs including leaking pus, blue or dark discoloration around the wound, redness and/or swelling around the wound, an unusual odor, increasing pain, or feeling unusually warm or hot to the touch. If your wound is deep and won’t close, consistently bleeding, dirty, or taking unusually long to heal (over ten days), it’s crucial to receive medical attention to avoid infection and receive the care you need.

How does ID Care diagnose wound infections?

ID Wound Care physicians are specially trained to evaluate wounds and develop comprehensive and individualized treatment plans using the latest advances in wound healing, including different treatment modalities and dressings. Our providers understand that each wound treatment plan is different, because every wound is different. And because we are experts at identifying whether or not a wound is truly infected, we’ll use systemic antibiotics opposed to standard topical treatments.

How does ID Care treat wound infections?

Allowing those who are struggling with chronic or slow healing wounds to finally get the care they need to begin the recovery process is our commitment at ID Care. With a history of wound resolution rates significantly higher than those found nationally, each ID Wound Care physician provides state-of-the-art treatments that are designed to maximize healing processes, decrease healing times, and reduce the chance of recurrence.

Our team has a strong presence at many of the largest wound care centers in the state where we are able to treat almost every type of wound including diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, infected or necrotizing wounds, trauma wounds, arterial ulcers, dehisced surgical wounds, complex soft tissue wounds, compromised skin grafts and flaps, osteomyelitis (bone infection), and impaired or damaged skin. Your comprehensive treatment options at ID Care include:

  • Acute care nursing staff services
  • Daily physician visits
  • Functional and nutritional assessments
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for hard-to-heal wounds
  • IV antibiotics
  • Identification of healing impediments
  • Patient and caregiver information
  • Patient updates provided to referral sources
  • Vacuum-assisted wound closures
  • A wide variety of topical agents
  • Wound assessment and photo documentation

Are there any ways I can avoid infection or help healing?

If you have a wound — no matter how minor — there are many ways you can avoid infection and help healing, such as:

  • Apply pressure with a clean cloth to stop bleeding
  • Bandage the wound if it is in an area that might get dirty
  • Clean the wound with sterile water
  • Get a tetanus booster shot if necessary
  • Use an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
  • Watch for swelling and redness