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What should I do if my wound starts swelling?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Elevation of the extremity is very important initially. Contact your physician, surgeon, or visit the emergency room immediately. Infections from a wound can spread to the rest of the body causing bacteremia which untreated may be lethal.

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