Infections are caused by germs such as bacteria or viruses that enter the body and affect one or more organs. Germs usually enter the body through a natural orifice, such as the nose or mouth. They can also enter the body through a break in the skin. This is why a soft tissue injury that breaks the skin is especially susceptible to infection and why we must always practice good hygiene around open wounds. Germs can enter the body through a break in the skin.
Signs and Symptoms of Infection:
- Pus discharge
- Pulsating pain (throbbing)
- The area becomes warm, red and swollen
- First Aid for Infection
Keep area clean! Apply a warm, wet compress. Apply an antibiotic ointment recommended by a pharmacist. For workplaces, avoid using any medicated ointments in case the casualty has an allergy to it.
Seek medical attention if the infection looks serious. A doctor may prescribe appropriate antibiotics.
Tetanus is a potentially fatal disease that may result if wounds are not thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. A deeper wound that is the result of an animal bite or that occurs in unhygienic surroundings should be referred to medical help. Serious infections may cause the person to develop a fever. There may also be red streaks under the skin progressing from the wound. If this is the case, seek medical attention immediately.