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Cut by glass, hand injury, open wound seeping pus. Using ointment, dressing. Cause of concern?

i had an injury 12 days back in the right hand as i hit the glass 12 stitches all the stitches have been removed wound is still opened and small amt of pus was there in the today dressing taking antiboitics but today doctors advised me to stop the same only dressing is suggested with some oniment cream is anything serious?
Asked On : Mon, 23 Jul 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi there,

Thanks for your query.

Oozing pus strongly indicates sepsis of the wound due to bacterial contamination of the wound. It should not be taken lightly; instead a more prolonged course of appropriate antibiotics should be taken.

Ideally, pus should be sent for culture and sensitivity test. It will identify the causative bacteria and also shortlist the antibiotics to which the causative bacteria are most sensitive. Most sensitive antibiotics should then be prescribed if sepsis persists. Should the pus fails to grow any bacteria, no further antibiotics will be required; daily dressing with only antiseptic cream/ointment would be sufficient.

The wound should be LEFT OPEN till such time the pus dries up and stop oozing.

You may consult a surgeon if required, who knows what would be best option for you.

Dr. Rakesh Karanwal
Answered: Fri, 18 Oct 2013
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