Immediate medical attention is needed in the case of necrotizing fasciitis.
Necrotizing fasciitis is a bacterial infection, one that destroys the tissue and muscles beneath the skin. Most notably caused by group A Streptococcus, it can also be caused by the aeromonas hydrophila, clostridium, E. coli, klebsiella and staphylococcus aureus bacteria. This infection is commonly known due to pop culture and media coverage, however, it’s really quite rare. While there are fewer than 20,000 cases in the United States annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it does require immediate medical attention.
Skin irritations are one possible sign of infections.
In the wound healing process, one of the primary aims is to avoid infection at all costs. Depending upon the specific strain, these infections can have a sizable effect on your overall health and wellbeing. Yet these infections are not always avoidable. In fact, according to a survey published the U.K.’s Nosocomial Infection National Surveillance Service found that 10 percent of all hospital acquired infections were related to surgical wounds.
One of the ways to avoid infections is to know what to look out for within your body overall. There are a number of distinct signs of infection – including malaise, high fevers and continual pain – and staying cognizant of these is often the first step in any effective wound care management plan.
Chemical burns need special treatment.
Chemical burns can impact the inside and the outside of the body, but here we’ll discuss external wounds. They come from strong acids or strong bases, also known as alkalies. Generally, a chemical burn is an accident. It can happen at home with strong cleaners or other household supplies, at the workplace with chemicals specific to a job site or even at school in the chemistry classroom. Like all burns, chemical burns vary greatly in severity. Some require hospitalization, while others simply need the same sort of first aid as other wounds.
Seek medical attention if you notice signs of wound infection.
Healing wounds require special attention and care to make sure the recovery process goes smoothly. Working with your clinician to find the best dressings and come up with the right recovery plan is essential not just to reduce scarring and speed up healing, but also to minimize the risk of infection. When a wound becomes infected, it can be painful and make it difficult for the affected area to move into the next stage of healing. Reduce your risk by understanding what causes infection as well as what an infected wound looks like:
Hydrofera Blue Ready is a new product carried by Advanced Tissue.
Hydrofera Blue® Ready is a relatively new foam-based wound dressing that helps a patient avoid infection of open wounds in a convenient manner. Hydrofera also works on a variety of wound types, including diabetic ulcers, post-surgical incision sites, large abrasions, burns and trauma wounds. Here are some of the main benefits: