When should you seek immediate care?
If you cannot stop the bleeding
If you are bleeding from an artery
If the skin around the wound is numb
If the wound is very large, or there is lots of tissue damage
Be aware of bacterial infections
Even when you take all of the right steps to prevent an infection, factors beyond your control may cause one to develop. However, there are certain factors that may indicate a wound is at risk of infection, including if it has a jagged edge and if it was contaminated with dirt or bodily fluids such as pus.
Seek medical attention if you experience any of these signs or symptoms. Signs of infection can include:
- Swelling, redness, and a wound that gets more rather than less sore over time
- Pus coming from wound
- A foul odour coming from wound
- Dizziness or a fast heartbeat
- A high temperature or a general feeling of being unwell