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Infected? - February 20th 2009, 05:16 AM

I went on camp on Monday. It was going pretty ok, but I got really moody and suicidal (something really small and trivial happened, but it set me off) I ended up cutting myself. I went deeper than I meant to, not really deep, just deeper than I usually go. I couldn't clean the cut until I got home (Wednesday). The cut was about 3 or 4mm wide. It doesn't sound like a lot but it bled heaps. Now it's red around the edges, hurting all the time and the scab is kinda gross. Does it sound infected? What can I do to take care of it? I've been using eucalyptus oil because it says it's a disinfectant.



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Re: Infected? - February 20th 2009, 06:08 AM

i would try peroxide or possibly rubbing alchol....




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Re: Infected? - February 20th 2009, 06:28 AM

hydrogen peroxide or betadine would both work to help kill any bacteria, but if it's already inside ur blood stream u could need antibiotics.
   
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Re: Infected? - February 20th 2009, 12:09 PM

Hi Tess,

The wound could possibly be infected. I would suggest going to your doctor and show them your cut to get any treatment that you may need for it. I would recommend trying to keep up with putting antiseptic on it in the meantime. Antibiotics or proper care for your wound may be needed. Showing your doctor the wound will be the best thing to do, and whilst you're there, you could perhaps talk to them about the feelings you experienced which made you cut?


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Re: Infected? - February 20th 2009, 09:26 PM

I'm going to move this to general health because I feel it fits better there, since it's more regarding first aid. =)

If you really begin to worry, and your gut feeling is you need help, then you should go to a doctor.

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Re: Infected? - February 22nd 2009, 04:57 AM

Is there any other way to look after it without seeing a doctor?
I really don't want to if I can avoid it.



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Re: Infected? - February 22nd 2009, 05:11 AM

It very well could be infected. Just use whatever anticeptic stuff you have and see if it gets better.


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