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yellowish substance and a smell from rather deep cut

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I think I have an infected wound. I cut myself rather deep seven days ago and it was bleeding so much that i could barely bet a bandage on it, so I didn't clean it very well. I used large band-aids to cover it but they always stuck to the wound, which started bleeding again every time I pulled a bandage off, so I didn't replace them very often.
Anyway, four days ago I started applying Neosporin and replacing the bandages about three times per day. Now the blood is mostly cleared up so I can see the wound better. There is a gloppy, yellow-ish substance on it, but I can't tell if that's pus, Neosporin, or wound tissue. Also it seems to be giving off a smell and the skin on one side is swollen, but those could be due to the band-aids.
Do I have an infection? If so, how can I treat it?


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replied March 16th, 2014
General Q and A Answer A46289
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The appearance of the wound that you describe suggests possibility of infection and should not be ignored. Get your wound examined by your doctor/healthcare provider to confirm or rule out infection as well as need for secondary sutures. Get started on prophylactic antibiotic treatment if indicated. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/healthcare provider and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.


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