Plant Magazine of Botanical-online September 2017

Natural remedies

Are natural treatments sufficient enough for infected wounds?

How to treat infected wounds

IS HYDROGEN PEROXIDE OR IODINE SUFFICIENT FOR INFECTED WOUNDS?

When is a wound infected?

A wound can be considered infected if it has an ugly aspect and when it does not end to heal over time.

Sometimes, though a wound can present a good appearance on the outside, it does not finish to heal and continues to produce itching or pain. In this case it is because this wound may be infected on the inside.

A boy with a wound on his arm
A boy with a wound on his arm

What clear symptoms an infected wound has?

The main symptoms of an infected wound are:

- Itching or pain that does not disappear or becomes stronger.

- High body temperature or chills

- Wound secretes pus.

- Wound that continues being red or bruised.

- Wound that smells

- Wound bloated or feeling of warmth in the affected area

What danger presents an infected wound?

An infected wound can infect the whole body, causing serious problems that can affect vital organs or even cause death.

An infected and ill-treated wound can produce what is medically known as septicemia, which is a very serious generalized infection.

It is estimated that 8 million people die annually in the world because of septicemia, and the origin of this infection is often a simple cut on a finger.

What people have more risk of a wound infection?

The main risk factors for wound infection are:

- Obesity

- Diabetes

- Smoking

- Failure of the immune system

- Use of steroid medications.

Is it enough to apply antiseptic typical remedies like hydrogen peroxide, iodine or alcohol to treat infected wounds?

No, this kind of remedies are only useful to avoid infections.

It is not advised to apply natural remedies when there is infection either.

A wound showing any symptoms as those mentioned above, should be subjected to a more aggressive treatment with antibiotics by a doctor or specialist.

A boy with a wound on his arm
Main steps to take care of a wound

What to do with an infected wound?

If any of the above symptoms appear, the best we can do is go to the doctor who will examine the wound and will prescribe the most appropriate treatment:

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