A cut is a small injury which can usually be treated at home by cleaning and dressing without any particular training required. On some occasions infection can occur where bacteria enters a break in the skin and this can lead to significantly more problems than the initial injury. Knowing how to tell if your cut is infected can help minimise the risk of further complications.
In the case that your cut is infected, you should seek treatment from a doctor or medical centre. If your injury was caused by an accident at work in the last three years and was somebody else’s fault then Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a compensation claim.
What causes a cut to become infected?
Risk of infection is increased when:
- there is contamination with bodily fluids or earth
- it was caused by a bite, particularly if there is a bit of tooth in the cut or some other foreign object like glass
- there is a jagged edge to the cut
- the cut is longer than 2 inches
- certain diseases including cancer, diabetes, and some lung, liver and kidney conditions which slow healing.
- reduced blood supply to the area due to high blood pressure.
- weak immune system
Signs of infection include swelling, increased heart rate or dizziness, pus or blood seeping, redness and warmth in the cut and swollen glands. You may also notice an increased level of pain to the area, and, in some cases, you may simply feel ‘generally unwell’, with a slight temperature.
A health care professional may first need to open the wound to clean it and then will take a swab for analysis.
They will often temporarily close the wound with a dry dressing to avoid trapping any infection within and increasing the chance of it spreading.
Antibiotics are often also prescribed for around a week and you may need to return to the doctor or hospital to check the infection has cleared and maybe have stitches if required.
Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience dealing with accidents in the workplace. By contacting us on our Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, and talking to one of our friendly advisors you can establish if you have a case to pursue. Most cases are conducted entirely over the telephone and can be sorted out without the claimant having to go near a court.
We work on a no-win no-fee* basis, and with the right information, in a varying time frame, you can get the compensation you deserve for your injury at work.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice