Signs of Infection after Surgery
Know the Warning Signs of Infection after Surgery
- Feeling unwell: Feeling tired, sore and low in energy may be expected after surgery. However, if these symptoms persist and you don’t start to feel better and stronger day by day, you may be developing an infection. If you are suddenly hit by pain and exhaustion during your recovery phase, you should monitor your wound closely for signs of infection.
- Fever: A high temperature, fever and chills may be linked to infection. Loss in appetite may be another warning sign. You should ensure that you remain well hydrated and you should check your body temperature if you feel feverish.
- Redness and pain: Redness can often be a sign of infection so you should watch out for extreme redness or changes in colour around the wound area. Also, you should be aware of your pain levels, which should diminish steadily day after day following your surgery. Listen to your body as you may experience pain if you do too much too soon and be responsive if you experience any significant or unexplained increase in pain and discomfort.
- Swelling: If an incision gets infected, the skin tissue may become inflamed, hardened and swollen. While some swelling may be normal, watch out for excessive swelling and inflammation.
- Hot stuff: If your incision site and wound area feel hot to the touch, it may be a sign of infection.