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Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA]  |  Vampires & Vampirism  |  Donor & Hunger Support (Moderators: Merticus, SoulSplat, Eclecta, Maloryn, Zero)  |  Signs Of Infection 0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. « previous next »
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« on: February 19, 2009, 12:26:54 PM »

I thought this is was a good article for EVERYONE to read. I know that not every sang vampire has a donor who cuts but, this is just a good FYI for everyone to have.

Why is it important for me to recognize signs of infection?

A: Wound infections are dangerous. An infected wound can grow and lead to amputation. If the infection travels into your bloodstream, your life could be in danger. It is important that you realize this so that you know to seek emergency medical help if necessary. The Wound Healing team is here to help you, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, whenever you need us.

The following warning signs can indicate an infection:

Drainage is any liquid coming out of the wound or through intact skin. An increased quantity of drainage, changes in color, or changes in smell are of concern.
Pain can indicate worsening infection, particularly if it increases suddenly.
Redness or darkening of the skin surrounding the wound.
Warmth of the skin surrounding the wound
Swelling around the wound site
New breaks in the skin
Increase in the size of the wound
Bad smell
Feeling 'unwell,' like when you have the flu
If you notice any of these signs go to the emergency room. Do not delay in seeking help.

Certain patients are at particularly high risk of problems from infection.

Your immune system is weak. If this is the case, your body may not create a normal amount of inflammation in response to infection. You may not have the same amount of redness, pain, or fevers as a person with normal immune function would have. Therefore, you may not even realize you have an infection until it is advanced. Patients in this category include:
Patients with diabetes
Patients taking steroid pills or steroid shots
Patients who have had a transplant
Patients with HIV
Patients who are elderly
Patients with advanced kidney failure
Patients with advanced liver disease
Patients who are malnourished
Patients with cancer
Patients with any other illnesses that weaken the immune system
You cannot feel the area where your wound is. If this is the case, you may not notice changes in the wound. Nerve damage can also limit how much redness and inflammation your body shows at the wound site.
You have other medical problems, such as heart disease or breathing problems. If you have serious medical problems, then your body will have more difficulty fighting an infection; so it's particularly important to catch the infection early.

If you have any questions or think you may have an infection please contact medical help as soon as possible.
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