Treating a wound infection is extremely important or the wound will just get worse. When a wound infection has reached the point where it is obvious to anyone without a medical degree, seek immediate medical treatment. However an infection of a wound does not always show such blatant symptoms. So how do you know if a wound is infected?
Any venous ulcer that has not made progress in two weeks can be considered infected. However, it is important to control underlying problems that may be inhibiting healing, such as uncontrolled swelling. Provided that swelling is controlled and adequate circulation is present, a wound should show progress in healing daily. If the wound bed is kept moist with draining controlled, new granulation tissue and epithelial tissue should be developing.
An infection of a wound can be scary for diabetics and anyone who has poor circulation. The fear of an amputation can be paralyzing. But there are some good wound centers now that specialize in wound healing. Many nurses are certified and not only provide wound care but can provide some really good teaching to the injured patient. Doctors that do not practice in the wound care setting often refer to Wound Centers because of the expertise and knowledge in wound healing.
It should be a basic understanding from any health provider to culture the wound to identify the bacteria in the wound and find out which antibiotic is the best. Some times an infection of a wound has a resistant infection, known as MRSA. MRSA will need to be treated according the the culture results.