Do you have a cut that feels like it's taking a long time to heal? If it's been a month or more, you could have an infected wound. Recognising signs of wound infection is important. Use our guide for how to tell if a wound is healing or infected.
What causes an infected cut?
An infected wound can happen when germs or bacteria find a way into the sensitive tissues beneath our skin via the wound. Infection can develop any time between two to three days after the cut occured, until it's visibly healed.
Luckily, infected cuts can be prevented with proper wound protection using Elastoplast plasters.
Signs of wound infection
To tell if a wound is healing or infected, learn about the symptoms of an infected cut below:
Increased or continued pain
Pus or discharge
An infection can spread into the deeper tissues if an infected wound isn't treated promptly. This is called cellulitis, and the infection can spread to other body parts through your blood.
Is my cut infected or just healing?
On the whole, an infected cut becomes more painful over time, while an uninfected cut will gradually improve. If you're unsure how to tell if a wound is healing or infected, look out for the following signs your wound is healing:
- Swelling: This occurs when your immune system is repairing the wound, as blood vessels are widened to ease blood flow and send oxygen. This shouldn't last longer than five days.
- Scabs: After a wound bleeds and clots, a scab can form. However, protecting your wound with a plaster enables moist wound healing - preventing scabs from forming and reducing the risk of scarring.
- Tissue growth: As wounds heal, new tissue will form over the wound. This can take a couple of weeks, depending on the severity of the wound.
- Scarring: This is a natural part of the healing process after a skin injury has been sustained. Reduce the appearance of scars using Elastoplast Scar Reducer Patches.
Learn more about the stages of wound healing here.
The Elastoplast Wound Care Routine
Depending on their type, size and location, most wounds can be treated easily at home. Follow the Elastoplast Wound Care Routine to speed up wound healing:
To reduce the chances of an infected cut, use the Elastoplast Wound Spray to cleanse the wound fast and easily. Cleanse your wound from dirt, bacteria and visible particles with the Elastoplast Wound Spray to prevent infections.
Please note that, although these were compiled with great care, the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice regardless of what you have learned on this website.
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