How Can I Tell if my Wound is Infected?

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Wound injuries can be caused by multiple things, such as cuts, scrapes, bites, and lacerations. However, with injuries, you have side effects, such as infections. Dr. Shane Hill and Dr. Scott Rundle can help you diagnose and treat wounds and infections that may come with your wound. Schedule a consultation with MedNorth Urgent Care in Kalispell, MT to learn how Dr. Hill and Dr. Rundle can help you with your urgent care needs today.

What is an infection?

Infections are the spread of pathogens and infectious microorganisms within your body. They can be caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses, and can be spread in multiple ways, such as skin-to-skin contact, bodily fluids, inhaling particles, touching objects with bacteria, and many more. A wound infection happens when pathogens come into contact with the broken skin of your wound. There are multiple risk factors for infections, such as diabetes, what caused the wound, size of the wound, weight, and others. If not successfully treated, the infection can spread to the surrounding area and become more serious. However, infections can be treated at MedNorth Urgent Care.

How can I tell if my wound is infected?

It is important that you know how to tell if your wound is becoming infected. There are multiple symptoms you can look for if you are concerned that your wound may be infected. You can look for signs, including:

  • Warmer skin around your wound

  • Yellow and/or green discharge from your wound

  • Odors coming from your wound

  • Red streaks around the wound

If the infection becomes severe, you may also see symptoms, such as:

  • Fever or chills

  • Aches and/or pains

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms in relation to a wound, then you should contact a physician immediately. If you have a wound that you think may be infected, contact MedNorth Urgent Care in Kalispell, MT to learn how Dr. Hill and Dr. Rundle can treat your infected wound.

How do you treat wounds and infections?

Dr. Hill and Dr. Rundle start your wound treatment by evaluating your injury and checking for signs of infection. After this, a plan is made to ensure the best possible healing process. Your wound will be cleaned and, in some cases, stitched to help the healing process. You may also be given antibiotics to help prevent infection or treat an existing infection the wound may already have. To treat infections, antibiotics are usually prescribed to keep the infection from spreading. If you have an infection in your wound, it is important that you receive treatment to keep the infection from spreading.

Where can I get treatment for my infected wound in Kalispell, MT?

Many times an infected wound can be identified by the symptoms that are associated with it, and while infections can be serious, they are also treatable. Antibiotics may be used to help treat any wounds and prevent infections before they can occur. Dr. Shane Hill and Dr. Scott Rundle can help to treat your wound before it gets infected and treat any infection that may develop. Contact MedNorth Urgent Care in Kalispell, MT for a full consultation on the state of your overall health.

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