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What are signs of a skin infection?

  • You usually will be able to recognize the early signs of infection. The area around the wound becomes swollen and red.
  • The area may feel warm or throb with pain. Some wounds discharge pus.
  • Serious infections may cause a person to develop a fever and feel ill.
  • Red streaks may develop that progress from the wound toward the heart. If this happens, the infected person should seek immediate professional medical attention.

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