Whether you have recently undergone surgery or injury, a large concern that affects those with everything from minor scrapes and cuts, to more serious wounds, is keeping the affected area infection free. It is important while you are recovering to keep a close eye on your wound, checking it for any potential signs of infection.
Certain conditions, medications, and poor wound hygiene can be contributing risk factors for infection. It is important to note, even the most meticulously cared for wounds still come with some risk of infection that are out of your control. This is why caring and maintaining watch on your affected wound is important until it is completely healed. Listed below are the top warning signs your wound may have become infected:
Running a Fever: Running a fever can cause headaches and decrease your appetite. Running a low-grade fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or less is typical following surgery. If your temperature reaches 101 degrees or more, it may be indicative of a wound infection. If this happens, consult your surgeon or physician immediately. Keep in mind that if your fever is due to an open or chronic wound, antiseptics in the form of impregnated dressings containing honey or silver may be helpful.
Feeling Off: If you develop a noticeable difference in your energy levels, start sleeping more than usual, or develop a restless lack of interest, this could be a symptom of an infection. Generally, with each day you heal, you should begin feeling healthier. If you begin to feel worse at any point after getting injured come into Wellspire Medical Group and have your wound inspected by a physician.
Fluid Drainage: It is quite normal to have some fluid drainage from the incision area after surgery. Expect clear or slightly yellow-colored fluid to drain from your wound. If the drainage fluid is cloudy, green, or foul smelling, this could be a sign that the wound is infected. Healthy wound drainage can be managed by absorbent dressings like hydrocolloids or negative pressure therapy. Contact your health care provider to find out what types of wound care supplies you need to treat the infection.
Continual or Increased Pain: While pain is common after surgery, it should gradually begin to reduce as your body heals. Pain medication can help in the beginning, but you should be able to comfortably reduce the dosage and then stop taking them comfortably over time. To prevent additional pain, follow your doctor’s directions and avoid strenuous activities. If you continue to experience pain or suddenly have increased pain, it may be a sign of infection.
Redness and Swelling: Redness at the site of the wound is normal, but it should begin diminishing over time. However, if the redness continues or begins to radiate red streaks, this could be a warning that your wound has become infected. Same with swelling, it should be expected to continuously go down, otherwise have it looked at by one of our doctors.
Wellspire Medical Group in Humble TX
Wellspire Medical Group proudly serves Atascocita, Humble and surrounding areas. We have been part of Northeast Houston as Mehta Medical Group for 30 years. Our name change reflects our broader scope of services. In other words, we are working hard to “Inspire Better Health!”
Wellspire Medical Group
8901 Farm to Market 1960 Bypass Road W #101
Humble, TX 77338