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Forearm injury, skin grazed from wrist to elbow, bleeding, scabbing, swelling. Treatment options?

I fell off my bicycle 3 days ago and landed in a layer of mud on concrete. My forearm took most of the impact and the skin was badly grazed from my wrist to the elbow , with some bleeding. I cleaned the wound up pretty well and dressed it and the skin has scabbed over. However the forearm has now started to swell quite alarmingly. What is going on?
Asked On : Thu, 4 Oct 2012
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Psychologist 's  Response
Dec 2015
Welcome to HCM
We understand your concerns

I went through your description. I advice you to consult a general surgeon as soon as possible for a disinfective dressing and to give you a dose of TT injection, even though there may not be anything to worry.

When the skin is punctured or scathed, billions and billions of foreign microorganisms enter your body through it. Body defends it with white blood cells and produces more and more of it. That is body heat and slight fever. There will be casualities both the side and that is the pus and swelling. Then it leads to further infection and oozing of liquid.

If body has the capacity to defend then it will do. Sometimes, it needs external help. So to ascertain, do consult a surgeon.

Hope this answers your query. Available for further clarifications.
Good luck.
Answered: Mon, 23 Sep 2013
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