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When should I seek help?

When should I seek immediate care?

  • Your wound gets larger and more painful.
  • You have a fever.
  • You have a thin, gray-brown discharge coming from your infected skin area.
  • You feel a crackling under your skin when you touch it.
  • You have purple dots or bumps on your skin, or you see bleeding under your skin.
  • You have new swelling and pain in your legs.
  • You have sudden trouble breathing or chest pain.
  • The red, warm, swollen area gets larger.
  • You see red streaks coming from the infected area.
  • You feel weak and dizzy.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

  • Your fever or pain does not go away or gets worse.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
  • Your symptoms are not improving after 3 days

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The above information is provided as a general educational aid only.
It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments.
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are unsure about any of the information and before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.