Treatment of an Infected Sore

Treatment of an infected sore is necessary to prevent it from worsening. Infected sores are the result of bacteria at the site of the sore causing the body to react with inflammation, swelling, pus and redness. Pus appears when the body's immune system is engaged in a battle fighting the bacteria, and white cells that have died combine with body materials. Pus gets in the way of healing, and needs to be released by the body. It can build up under the skin, causing an abscess. In the worst case scenario, the infection can spread to the bloodstream, causing life-threatening health problems.

Here are some suggestions for treating infected sores. Medical attention is always suggested in the case of infections.

What Causes Infected Sores?
Infected sores are caused by two forms of bacteria: streptococcus and staphylococcus. These bacteria can be contagious, so infected sores need to be treated to avoid spreading the bacteria. One may see an infection develop in skin conditions such as acne, boils, MRSA, Folliculitis, cellulitis and impetigo, among others. Infections can also set in at the site of any burn or wound, particularly if a foreign object has entered the body.

One of the most common causes of infections is splinters. If a splinter is not completely removed, pus will build up behind it as a way for the body to force the rest of the foreign material out. Superficial splinters that get infected usually aren't a cause for concern, but deep splinters should be looked at by a doctor as soon as signs of infection appear.

Treating an Infected Sore
Seek medical treatment if you have throbbing or burning pain, swelling, pus, draining fluid, hot inflammation or any combination of these symptoms. For a minor skin infection, a topical antibiotic will be applied, along with a regular compress to draw out the pus.

There are natural treatments available, including making a paste with sugar and water, and bandaging the area. Clean the wound with a warm, moist cloth several times a day to drain pus and fluids.

An MRSA infection needs immediate medical attention and should not receive alternative treatments. Infections in deep wounds and sores also need immediate medical treatment.

Who Is at Risk for Infected Sores?
People who have a suppressed immune system, inadequate nutrition or rest, diabetes or AIDS are most at risk for developing an infection from a skin sore. The healthier your immune system, the more you'll be able to naturally fight the bacteria that cause infection. Proper diet, nutrition, exercise and rest are the best ways to strengthen your body's defenses.

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