Infected? *May trigger, dunno*

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by *dilligaf*, Oct 28, 2008.

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  1. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    So, yeah,

    How do you know if a cut has become infected? :huh::mellow:

  2. resistance

    resistance Staff Alumni

    Swelling, redness, pain, it may cause a fever, presence of pus
  3. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    dammit :dry:

    got the swelling, the redness and the puss :dry:

    thanks hun x
  4. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    This is EXACTLY why I don't cut. I tried it once, but then I looked at the knife and couldn't stop thinking, "tetanus."
  5. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni


    good one, dont start
  6. resistance

    resistance Staff Alumni

    I suggest you soak the cut in the warm salt water, apply some ointment and cover with a dressing and repeat this at least twice a day. If it doesn't clear up or gets any worse then you need to get it seen to properly. :hug:
  7. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    thanks rezzy hun :hug:
  8. kenny

    kenny Well-Known Member

    make sure you do it sooner rather than later hun, because you don't want it to get any worse.

  9. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    ill do it as soon as my mum goes to bed :smile:
  10. LenaLunacy

    LenaLunacy Well-Known Member

    I hope that it's ok Sam :hug:
  11. Dave_N

    Dave_N Guest

    Here's a suggestion. Next time you feel like cutting, have a bottle of hand sanitizer handy. Sure, it will sting a little but at least it will kill the bacteria and prevent infection. Although, it's probably best to not cut in the first place. :hug:
  12. resistance

    resistance Staff Alumni

    How is it today Sam?
  13. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    the redness has gone down a bit
  14. hopeless

    hopeless Well-Known Member

    when i cut i use peroxide and then alcohol
    it burns but it does the job

    i follow up with witch-hazel and then an antibiotic cream

    i keep a few different ones around the house and if i see one isn't working i use a different one

    i also keep it covered and let it air out at other times.

    i've found that it's also important to let it air out so the body can form a scab over it.

    hope this helps
  15. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    Hydrogen peroxide is no longer indicated for general use. Just alcohol will do the trick without adding extra damage.
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