Infected Wound Treatment
Even the smallest wounds can lead to big complications. After your skin gets cut, scraped, or punctured, you must ensure that it’s healing properly. Open wounds are vulnerable, and bacteria can easily get in and cause an infection. If that happens, the wound will take longer to heal and could even develop into a more serious issue. Luckily, you can trust the specialists at each of ID Care’s New Jersey locations to provide high-quality infected wound care when you need it most.
Wound Infection Symptoms
Whether you have a small cut on your foot or recently had surgery, it’s important to look out for signs of infection. If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, don’t wait to seek treatment:
- Pus leaking from the wound
- Blue or dark discoloration around the wound
- Redness and/or swelling around the wound
- Unusual odor
- Increasing pain
- Unusually warm or hot to the touch
- Taking a long time to heal (over ten days)
- Deep in appearance
- Consistent bleeding
People with low immunity, diabetes, and other risk factors should pay especially close attention to their wound as it heals.
Wound Infection Treatment Options
At ID Care, our wound team is staffed by some of the most experienced doctors in the state. Your doctor will thoroughly evaluate your wound and recommend the treatment options that are best for you. We treat every case as unique and special because no two wounds are the same. ID Care specializes in the following types of wounds:
- Diabetic, arterial, pressure, and venous stasis ulcers
- Trauma, dehisced surgical, complex soft tissue, and necrotizing wounds
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- Impaired or damaged skin
ID Care facilities have state-of-the-art equipment and advanced treatment capabilities to treat almost any wound. If the wound is infected, we’ll prescribe systematic antibiotics, which are more effective than standard topical treatments. That way, we can boost your whole immune system to fight off the infection.
It’s critical to take care of wounds the right way. The first few minutes after getting a cut or scrape are often the most crucial. However, ongoing care is important, too. To heal faster and avoid an infection, keep the following tips in mind:
- Apply pressure with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding
- Clean the wound with sterile water
- Bandage the wound, so it doesn’t get dirty
- Use an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
- Watch for early signs of infection, such as swelling and redness
- Get a tetanus booster shot if necessary
Visit the Infected Wound Care Experts
We’re dedicated to doing everything we can to maximize your health and speed up the recovery process. If you have a concerning wound, visit us right away for infected wound care. ID Care is the largest infectious disease practice on the East Coast. Our network of board-certified physicians delivers the highest level of care available, from administering wound care treatment to providing comprehensive patient resources. Call us today at 908-281-0221 to learn more.