Life happens. With life, there are sometimes cuts, bumps and bruises. Thankfully, your body is designed to heal itself when it gets an open wound. Unfortunately, sometimes the germs that attack those open cuts can cause infection in spite of your body’s natural defenses.

There are three main types of infection: abscesses, cellulitis and lymphangitis. The best way to avoid these infections is to help your body raise its infection fighting stamina with these tips.

Abscesses

This type of infection can be caused by bacteria, parasites or fungi. Because of this, anyone can get one. The abscess grows when the germs are able to enter the body through the wound. The body then grows a pocket of pus around the wound in an effort to protect itself. That pocket is the abscess.

You can grow an abscess just about anywhere on or in your body. Skin and tooth abscesses are the most common. You can also get them on your liver, lungs or brain. Symptoms can include fever, pain, swelling, tender or swollen skin.

The best way to avoid this type of infection is to maintain good health and hygiene. The cleaner you keep your cuts, the harder it is for them to get infected. Make sure you clean your cuts with ointments that are made to fight germs every time you change your bandages. If you think you may be developing a bad abscess, go to an urgent care in Las Vegas right away.

Cellulitis

This is a very common type of infection caused by bacteria. Cellulitis develops when bacteria gets into the body through an open wound or a skin condition like athlete’s foot. Usually the infection starts at the skin. The bacteria then work their way through the cut and into the bloodstream. When cellulitis develops, that area will look red, swollen and may get painful.

Anyone with an open wound or a break in the surface of the skin is at risk but most people recover easily.

You can protect yourself from this infection, once again, by being clean. You want to make sure your wounds or sores are kept clean and dry so that the bacteria don’t have a place to grow and enter the blood. Also remember to wear protective gloves when working with raw meats. The bacteria that causes cellulitis can be found in uncooked meat, fish and poultry.

Lymphangitis

This infection is also caused by bacteria. It usually develops when streptococcus gets into the lymphatic system. Usually the lymph nodes are able to fight off invading bacteria. In a few cases, they cannot and you get lymphangitis.

You can tell you have this infection if you have symptoms that include fever or chills, a fast heart rate, and warm red and tender streaks right under the skin of the infected area. The symptoms seem frightening but the infection usually doesn’t have any long term consequences. It is a good idea, however, to visit the emergency care Las Vegas trusts most if you are concerned about the severity of the infection.

Of course, there is a common denominator here. This infection can be prevented by maintaining a clean and healthy lifestyle. Keep your wounds dry and clean. Change your bandages regularly and use an ointment made for fighting germs.

It’s clear that you don’t have to visit an urgent care in Las Vegas for small cuts. However, it is a good idea to know how to properly clean them. For more information about the emergency care Las Vegas seeks out most, contact 702.852.2000.

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