Since you took your first steps, cuts and scraps have been just apart of life. It’s one of those thing we just have to deal with. But sometime, a minor cut can result in infection.
Infected Scabs are the result of a cut or scrap not being treated properly. Cleaning a wound is very important to the healing process.
Whats is a Scab and how they become infected?
If you get cut or scrapped a scab will form, a crust thats made out of dry blood and platelets. The purpose is to stop bleeding, protect a wound and allow for healing.
From time to time, a scab might get infected. This can be the result of improper cleaning and not covering up or treating the wound.
In most cases, a slight infections might not be a big deal. But with the rise antibacterial resistant super bugs, you should be concerned.
Is your cut infected or just healing?
There are a few signs that indicate infections. Lucky, it is very easy to tell. It may be time to see a doctor, depending on how severe these issues are or how long they have lasted.
Signs of infected wound:
- Swelling and redness
- Pus oozing out of the scab
- Warm sensation on and around wound
- More sensitivity or pain that normal
If the tissue around the wound has became green, blacken or odorous. It may be an indication of Necrosis or a very serous infection. See your doctor immediately to reduce the risk of spreading.
Treating an infected scab
If your concerned but don’t feel medical attention is quit needed, there are a few things you can do. In order to treat the area properly, you might need to get under the scab.
Removing a scab that is infected can be painful. Fortunately, there is a pain free way to remove the scab. Lets go over a few steps that should get help your wounds heal quickly.
- Losses scab by taking a long warm shower or wrapping with wet warm napkin.
- After some time, you should be able to remove scab easily.
- Use peroxide and a napkin to clean the wound.
- You maybe need to squeeze out pus
- Once confident the wound is clean, apply triple antibiotic ointment.
- Apply bandage, keeping wound clean and dry.
- Repeat 1 to 2 times daily if needed, until healed.
Is it healing?
You can tell if your cut is healing by checking it every cleaning.Here are some signs you should look for:
- There should be a decrease of pus production.
- Reduction in redness around wound
- Decrease in sensitivity as heals
If after a few days, infection persists, call your doctor. Its never a bad idea to get your doctors opinion or treatment.
Also, I know its hard not to pick at a scab, but never pick at a healthy scab. Picking at scabs can cause infections and increase the amount of time it takes to heal.
If you allow the wound to heal the scab should fall off without intervention.