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Bed Sores (Pressure Ulcers)

How will I know if my bed sores are infected?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Signs that your bed sores are infected include a bad odor emanating from the sore and skin that looks red and swollen and feels tender or unusually warm. Call your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms. If you develop a fever or feel weak or confused, these are signs that the infection may have worsened and you need to seek medical help immediately.
  • Since infection can be a serious - even life-threatening - complication of bed sores, it's important to recognize it and it treat early. Signs that your bed sores are infected include:

    • Fever.
    • An unpleasant odor coming from the sore.
    • A worsening of pain.
    • Pus draining from the sore.
    • Redness in the skin surrounding the sore.
    • A feeling of warmth in the skin surrounding the sore.

    Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of these signs.

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