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When to See a Healthcare Provider

It’s time to see a practitioner if you have symptoms of an infection. Signs that a wound may be infected include:

  • Pus
  • Redness and swelling
  • A red streak that’s emanating from the wound
  • Severe pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Black edges around the wound, which may be necrotic tissue
  • An injury that isn’t healing or whose stitching has opened up

If you don’t have an up-to-date tetanus shot, you should see a healthcare provider immediately, especially if the wound has dirt in it.

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