Why does skin near a cut become sore and swollen?

Why does skin near a cut become sore and swollen?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Skin becomes sore and swollen around a cut as a result of inflammation, which is the body's natural defense against injuries. When your skin is cut or wounded, you are at increased risk for infection from bacteria. Your body responds by sending white blood cells to the site of the wound, which destroy bacteria. This produces the symptoms of inflammation, including redness, swelling, and pain. Although it may not be very pleasant, inflammation is a healthy response to an injury.

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Not all skin injuries are cuts and scrapes. Heat, friction and pressure can cause skin injuries like burns, sunburn and blisters. A burn is a traumatic skin injury caused by a heat source like scalding liquid or a hot pot, a radia...

tion source like the suns rays, an electrical source like open wiring or a chemical source like acid. Depending on the severity of the burn, treatment can include wound care and pain management, skin grafting, intravenous fluids or cosmetic surgery. Some burns can form blisters, which actually act as a protective, fluid-filled buffer for damaged skin. Blisters also form from skin conditions like eczema and friction sources like ill-fitting shoes. Keeping the area clean with antibiotics and a dressing or bandage is usually enough to heal a blister.
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