wound infection symptoms

Infection should be much feared than the wound itself. We may experience intolerable pain during the cut but infection can lead to death. Yes, most of the time, pain will not.

You may think you have religiously clean your wound but how sure can you get you do not have infection? Here are the 6 signs you got wound infection.

1. Malaise Feeling

Malaise is a common non-specific sign of a localized systemic infection. It is a feeling of tiredness and a lack of energy.

2. 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.

3. Fluid Coming Out

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.

4. Continual or Increased Pain

While pain is common after surgery, it should gradually subside as your body heals. Pain medication can help, but you should be able to stop taking them comfortably over time. T

5. Redness and Swelling

Some redness is normal at the wound site, but it should diminish over time. However, if your surgical incision or wound continues to be red or exhibit radiating streaks known as lymphangitis, this is a warning sign of a wound infection.

6. Hot Incision Site

When an infection develops in a wound or incision, the body sends infection-fighting blood cells to the location. This may make your wound or incision feel warm to the touch. If the hot temperatures continue, the infection may cause you to develop other infection symptoms.

wound infection symptoms

Infection is not just another wound situation, wound infection is deadly! Know more about proper wound care by signing up to our Wound Treatment Associate Program, or simply WTA Program, via Educate Simplify’s New Wound Nurse Specialist Partners — RitKen & Associates.