Infection can develop after an injury or wound to the skin, a bite or
sting, a tattoo or piercing, or other skin problems. Signs of infection may
Increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth
around the affected area.
Red streaks extending from the affected
Drainage of pus from the area.
nodes in the armpit or neck.
It is normal to have some pain and swelling following an injury. Pain
and swelling that occur with redness, red streaking, tenderness, heat, fever,
or puslike drainage may be caused by an infection. An infection most often
develops when germs (bacteria) enter the cut, punctured, or scraped skin after
an injury. What starts as a minor wound infection (such as an infection around
a nail bed) can lead to a serious infection, such as:
Tips for preventing Lyme disease include the following:
Because infection does not occur until a tick has been attached for at least 24 hours, a thorough daily tick check can be an effective first-line defense.
Be aware that the ticks are very small, although they are larger when engorged with blood.
If you spend time outdoors in areas inhabited by deer ticks, wear shoes, long pants tucked into socks or pant legs, and long sleeves.
Use insect repellent with 20%-30% DEET around your...