human body


Question by  tschebyshev (252)

How can I tell if a cut is infected?

the wound looks like it is healing, but it is a little red in the area... does this mean it is infected?


Answer by  Semaj (83)

A little redness around the cut is normal. If the cut is infected the cut will become very red and the redness will begin to spread. It is always a good idea to use an antibiotic product on any cut. If the redness spreads, or becomes a deep red combined with increasing pain, you should see your doctor.


Answer by  cbswilsonsresortcom (53)

Redness does not always indicate infection. For there to be infection, you would also experience soreness, heat from the area, possible pus or drainage. Redness can be just the area healing.


Answer by  livluvlaf (30)

Redness, swelling, or a yellowish fluid around a cut (pus) are all signs that a wound is infected. If it is only a little red and is beginning to scab over without additional swelling, then in most cases it is healing and will most likely not get any further infection.


Answer by  alabama17 (14)

Pretty much any wound sustained is going to be a little red in the area. That's just how the body works. You will have more blood going to that area, and it will be inflamed/red because it is trying to heal itself. If you start to puss, get help.


Answer by  Rose (6804)

If a cut becomes infected you will notice it to become more swollen and red around the cut area, there may be pus and or a yellowish drainage as well.


Answer by  Wackonorm (164)

I wound that is infected will be red and swollen around the area. It might start to ooze puss or liquid. It's important to continue to disinfect the wound.

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