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Wound in the shin, no bleeding, swelling around the wound, warm, applied antiseptic cream. Infection?

I suffered a large abrasion on my shin (roughly 4 x2 ) this past Saturday. I have kept it clean and have applied an antiseptic ointment, but I have not kept it covered as it has not been bleeding or moist. I now have swelling on my shin below the wound. The wound is slightly warmer than the surrounding tissue , but not hot. Is this a sign of a serious infection that should be treated by a doctor, or can I simply keep cleaning my wound and applying antiseptic ointment?
Asked On : Sat, 27 Oct 2012
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Hello Dear and thanks for the query
You are doing good by cleaning your wound and applying antiseptic ointment to it. But keeping the wound open and not taking any type of antibiotic can increase the chances of infection. Warm area and swelling can be due to local inflammation of the tissue due to healing process or due to infection. It should be checked clinically by your doctor and prescribe you the right treatment. So consult your doctor so that infection can be prevented or if present can be cured.
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Answered: Sat, 27 Oct 2012
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