Your doctor will likely do a wound culture if you have signs of infection in a cut, including:
- feeling warm to the touch
- a wound that is slow to heal
- evidence of pus or fluid
- tenderness at the site of the wound
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We need to take precautions during the summer because we do things outdoors. I'm always trying to encourage my patients to be more active with family activities and exercise out of doors, but they need to be more careful. We have to watch out for lightening when it rains and we also have to hydrate well in hot weather. Among the best methods of hydration – there’s no better substitute than water obviously - occasionally drinks like Gatorade and other types of hydration to replace electrolytes help. With these, you have to be very careful because they might have a lot of calories. It’s important, whenever I take my boys to the park, to always carry plenty of water, soft drinks or other fluids.
The following steps should be taken when a child is exhibiting symptoms of heat exhaustion or stroke: