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How can you tell a cut is infected?

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Signs of infection include:

  • Redness, swelling, and warmth
  • Increasing pain
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  • Fever
  • Red streaks around the wound

If you have these or the wound isn’t healing, call your doctor.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches."

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Wounds."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches."

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Wounds."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

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