All patients with open wounds are at risk of developing an infection, which occurs when bacteria and foreign objects enter the body through a break in the skin. This results in fever, foul odour coming from the wound, swollen wound, and dizziness. Patients are encouraged to seek immediate help especially if they are experiencing severe pain, if the skin surrounding the wound becomes numb, and if they are unable to move the limbs below the wound area as this would mean that the blood supply has been compromised.
Depending on the severity of the symptoms, patients suspected of suffering from a wound infection may need to undergo a series of diagnostic procedures in order to fully assess their condition. These include blood tests, imaging procedures such as X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and wound culture. In the majority of cases, wound infections are treated with antibiotics (to fight the infection) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to minimise pain and swelling.
High-quality care for local wound infection is widely available in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. Many of the hospitals in these Southeast Asian countries are staffed by qualified medical professionals who have the skills and expertise to address various medical conditions including local wound infection. These medical facilities, particularly those that are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), have complete diagnostic technologies to accurately diagnose and assess the severity of the problem. This is crucial in providing the most appropriate treatment. The region also boasts a long list of specialists who are trained to manage severe cases, such as those that are leading to sepsis, a life-threatening condition in which the infection has already spread via the bloodstream. There are also many specialists in the region who are trained to manage patients with existing medical conditions, such as diabetes and autoimmune disorders that affect their body’s ability to heal wounds.