Any wound that has not begun to heal after 48 hours is infected. It contains bacteria dirt and may contain a foreign body. The infection may spread elsewhere in the body and cause damage. Features of an infected wound are as follows.
- Pain and soreness in the wound.
- Swelling and redness around the wound.
- Pus in the wound.
- Fever chills.
- Pain, swelling and tenderness over lymph nodes draining the area.
- Hold the soiled dressing at a dry and clean corner and remove it.
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- Clean the wound with sterile swabs soaked in an antiseptic solution.
- Apply a new dressing over the wound.