Common questions

What does an infected C-section look like?

What does an infected C-section look like?

Signs of an infected C-section incision include: Redness around the incision. Abnormal swelling around the incision. Fluid leaking from the wound.

When should I be concerned about C-section incision?

If you notice heavy bleeding or oozing from your incision site, reddened edges, increasing C-section scar pain, or have a fever higher than 100.4°, call your doctor right away, as these could be signs of infection.

How do you treat an infected C-section incision?

Doctors treat most post-cesarean wound infections, at least in part, with antibiotics. The specific type of antibiotic depends on the type of bacteria responsible for the infection. Less severe or superficial infections, such as cellulitis, tend to clear up with a round or two of antibiotics.

What happens if my c-section incision gets infected?

Seek medical care or call your doctor if you experience a fever over 100ºF (37.7ºC). Seek medical care for incision sites that contain pus, swell, become more painful, or show redness on the skin that spreads from the incision site.

What is foul smelling discharge after c-section?

Lochia is the vaginal discharge you have after a vaginal delivery. It has a stale, musty odor like menstrual discharge. Lochia for the first 3 days after delivery is dark red in color. A few small blood clots, no larger than a plum, are normal.

How do you know if you have an infection in your incision?

Be aware of these signs:

  1. Hot incision: An infected incision may feel hot to the touch.
  2. Swelling/hardening of the incision: An infected incision may begin to harden8 as the tissue underneath are inflamed.
  3. Redness: An incision that gets red, or has red streaks radiating from it to the surrounding skin may be infected.

Is a little pus normal after c-section?

If your C-section opening is due to an infection in the area, you’ll see signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus. If necrosis is the cause of C-section opening, you might see gray, yellow, or black discoloration around the area, as opposed to pink or your normal skin color. The area may also smell bad.

What does postpartum infection smell like?

Does lochia smell? Lochia is blood so there will be a smell, which should be mild. ‘Lochia odour is similar to that of normal menstrual fluid; some say it smells stale and musty,’ says Sharon.

How do you treat an infected C section scar?

C-section Scar Infection Treatment. The treatment of C-section depends upon the invading organism. If the causative organism is of bacterial origin, then antibiotics are of great help. Depending upon the degree of infection, oral and intravenous antibiotics are administered.

What is a C section infection?

A post-cesarean wound infection is an infection that occurs after a C-section, which is also referred to as an abdominal or cesarean delivery. It’s usually due to a bacterial infection in the surgical incision site.

What are the signs of infection after surgery?

Symptoms of infection after surgery. An SSI is classified as an infection that begins at the site of a surgical wound fewer than 30 days after the incision is made. Symptoms of an SSI after surgery include: redness and swelling at the incision site. drainage of yellow or cloudy pus from the incision site.

What are the different types of C section cuts?

There are basically two types of cuts that doctors make for a c section delivery: standard transverse cut also known as bikini cut and classical incision.