Is My Wound Infected?
Wound infections can be very serious. If you have recently had surgery
or you have been injured, it is important to know all of the symptoms
of a wound infection so that you can seek medical help or obtain proper
treatment as necessary.
Some signs of a wound infection include:
Fever – If you have a fever of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, contact
your doctor. This is a common sign of a wound infection. While minor fevers
of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or less is relatively normal after a surgery,
higher numbers are cause for concern and action.
Fluid draining – While clear or yellowish fluid draining from a wound after an
injury or surgery is normal, you should contact your doctor if drainage
appears green or cloudy or if it smells bad. This could be a sign of an
Malaise – While a difficult symptom to describe, don’t ignore a feeling
of exhaustion and energy loss following a surgery or injury. Malaise is
a common sign of an infection. If you are not feeling increasingly better
in the days following your surgery, or if you have suddenly started experiencing
symptoms of exhaustion after initial improvement, this could be a sign
of an infection.
Localized redness and swelling – If redness and swelling does not diminish but gets actively worse
or you notice streaks of redness radiating from the wound, the wound may
Heat – If the wound or incision site is hot or warm to the touch, you
may have an infection.
Pain – Pain is of course to be expected after a surgery or injury. However,
if the pain gets steadily worse or does not decrease as expected, you
could be experiencing a bigger problem such as a wound infection.
Learn more about recognizing and treating wound infection
on our site, or call your Washington Township Medical Foundation internist
in Fremont if you have any questions.