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How can I prevent a wound from becoming infected?

You can prevent infection by washing your wound carefully with soap, water and rubbing alcohol. An antibiotic ointment can help to prevent infection and promote healing. Signs of infection include: redness spreading from the wound site, increasing pain, drainage, warmth, swelling and a bad odor from the sore. If you experience any signs of infection, you should try to clean your wound and contact your doctor.

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