Signs of Infection

Learn the signs of infection.

Wilderness First Aid

If you’ve suffered a skin injury, it is important to monitor the area closely for any sign of infection. Infection can develop rapidly, whether you cut yourself whittling a stick, received a bee sting or from just about anything else. In these cases, the source of the infection is typically bacteria from your skin, the object that injured you or from the environment in which you are hiking or camping.

Signs of Infection

1) Redness around the wound

2) Warming around the wound

3) Pain and swelling

4) Red streaking radiating from the wound

5) Pus draining from the wound

6) Fever

You can greatly reduce the risk of infections by understanding how to treat cuts and abrasions and bug stings and bites