Infection can develop after an injury or wound to the skin
or mucous membranes (such as the inside of the nose or mouth), 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 away from the
Bruises usually do not become infected unless the skin was
cut, punctured, or scraped. Most wounds will not become infected if they are
properly cleaned and cared for. If you have a cut, puncture, or scrape, see the
Home Treatment section of the topics Cuts, Puncture Wounds, or Scrapes, and
follow the steps for cleaning and caring for a wound to reduce your risk of
By Elise Nersesian-Solé
We already know bedbugs have become an epidemic," says Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, Ph.D., an entomologist at Cornell University. "But now we're seeing bedbugs threaten romance. You basically double your odds of an infestation when you start dating someone." Here's how to handle it:
Can I prescreen a guy for bedbugs? Yes. If you know his home address or even what area he lives in, visit the Bedbug Registry (bedbugregistry.com) for a list of infested homes and neighborhoods...