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.
Being trained in first aid and CPR will give you the knowledge and confidence to be able to remedy emergency situations, and it’s a precaution you just may be thanked for later. Contact us today and you’ll be on the road to having the knowledge and preparedness that may one day save a life.
By Nick Rondinelli
CEO – Heart to Heart First Aid CPR Services Inc
Author of “Ready, Set, Rescue’ copyright 2019