May, 2019

Wise Ways to Welcome Spring: Handling Outdoor Injuries

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Spring has sprung, and with the warmer weather comes spending more time outdoors. You may be outdoors playing with the kids, gardening, doing some yard work, or working on home improvement projects. Whatever you are doing outside in this beautiful weather always has the potential for injury. While most injuries from outdoor activities are minor, there are times when you need to see a doctor.

Breaks

If you suspect that you have broken a bone, you should see a doctor right away. Avoid putting pressure or weight on the affected limb until you have seen a doctor so that you do not inadvertently make the injury worse. Most broken bones can be diagnosed and set in urgent care or your doctor’s office without need to go to a hospital.

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Infected Wounds: When to See a Doctor

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Most cuts and scrapes do not require the attention of a doctor. You can treat most minor injuries at home with bandages and antibiotic ointment. However, there are some cases in which a doctor needs to be seen for injuries. When wounds become infected, you may need a doctor’s care to treat the infection appropriately and prevent further damage. Here’s when to see a doctor for an infected wound.

Redness and Swelling

Some wound infections are minor and can be treated at home with antibiotic ointment and keeping the area clean. Yet when the area becomes extremely red and swollen it becomes necessary to see a doctor. Your wound may have even partially healed, but be red and swollen underneath the healed cut or scrape. In these cases, it may be necessary to reopen the wound and remove the infection.

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