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Skin Infections or Wounds

Symptoms may include:

  • Redness
  • Warmth 
  • Tenderness
  • Pain 
  • Swelling 
  • Pus

Self-Care 

  • Always clean cuts and scrapes with soap and water
  • Use bandages to cover open wounds 
  • May use over-the-counter topical medication, like bacitracin

See Healthcare provider, nurse or doctor if: 

  • unsure about first aid 
  • foreign body is suspected 
  • questions or concerns 

Seek Urgent Care if: 

  • fever develops 
  • redness spreads rapidly 
  • bleeding does not stop
  • severe pain

Prevention

  • Hand washing 
  • Do not share personal items like razors and towels 
  • Clean athletic equipment between users 
  • Good personal hygiene 
  • Wash towels and bed linens
  • Keep wounds covered

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