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Safety Nugget Week of June 18 - Teens Health< Back to Blog

Jun 18, 2018
By: L. Brown
Categories: Safety


Recently my 12-year-old had a bicycle wreck on a gravel road.  A few hours and a few stitches later, we thought everything was okay. He was put on an antibiotic for a precaution. The next morning, he was unable to lift his leg off the bed. His knee was hurting terribly. So, the second evening in the ER and a second stronger antibiotic we thought now everything will be okay. Wrong. Two days later we were at a third appointment and he was admitted in the hospital for a couple nights.  Everyone should know the signs of infection when to follow up with your doctor.

Signs of Infection

Sometimes, a cut, scratch, or scrape starts out as no big deal, but then gets infected. A skin infection happens when there are too many germs for your body's white blood cells to handle.

If you notice any of these signs of infection, call your doctor right away:

  • expanding redness around the wound
  • yellow or greenish-colored pus or cloudy wound drainage
  • red streaking spreading from the wound
  • increased swelling, tenderness, or pain around the wound
  • fever

The doctor will prescribe antibiotics to help your body fight off the infection.

Luckily, most small cuts, scratches, and abrasions will go away on their own, thanks to your body's amazing ability to heal itself. If a cut looks serious or infected, though, see a doctor.

More information can be found at TeensHealth


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