What should I do if I have a wound where I attach my prosthesis?

Sometimes irritation or damage occurs to the skin where a prosthesis is supposed to attach to the body. This can make wearing the prosthesis painful or even impossible. Sometimes these injuries can lead to a dangerous infection. Consult your doctor since even small sores can become serious. The following symptoms indicate a potentially life-threatening emergency: the wound has dark or thick drainage or has a foul odor; the skin has turned grey, black, or is cold to the touch; or if there is swelling in the lymph nodes (found in the armpits and groin). You can lower your risk by using a well-fitting prosthesis and caring daily for the prosthesis and the limb stump.

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