Infected wound: How is it treated?

An infected wound is managed in various ways. Any break in the skin such as an incision or laceration allows the entry of microorganism that can put one at risk for infection.

The bacteria attach to the tissues and prevents the wound from properly healing which triggers other symptoms such as elevated or low body temperature, increased swelling and drainage of pus.

Commonly used measures in managing an infected wound

Antibiotics

Oral antibiotics such as amoxicillin and cephalexin are given as treatment for bacterial skin infections.

infected-wound

Any break in the skin such as an incision or laceration allows the entry of microorganism that can put one at risk for infection.

  • Cephalexin – a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat bacterial skin infections by inhibiting the development of the bacterial cell wall by rupturing it.
  • Amoxicillin – an antibiotic included in the penicillin group that prevents the formation of the bacterial cell wall

In severe, systemic infections that do not respond to cephalexin and amoxicillin, the combined medications such as Augmentin is given to manage an infected wound.

Antiseptics

An infected wound can be treated with slow-releasing antiseptic solutions such as Povidone iodine. The antiseptics are used along with antibiotics. It is important to note that iodine possesses antiseptic qualities that are effective against a variety of microorganisms.

The antiseptics that include iodine prevent the development of the cellular membranes and eliminate the organelles within the cytoplasm as well as the nucleic acids that the cells require to survive.

Silver

Silver is one of the noble metals that are effective in managing bacterial strains that are resistant to antibiotics that can cause an infected wound.

Take note that silver prevents the propagation of bacteria by disrupting with its electron transport system.

More Information / Disclaimer

The information posted on this page on an infected wound is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize the indications and how to manage an infected wound by taking a standard first aid course with Vancouver First Aid.

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