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General and of a wound infection include redness, swelling, warmth, tenderness and pus drainage. The skin may also harden or tighten in the area and red streaks may radiate from the wound. Wound infections may also cause fevers, especially when they spread to the blood. Skin infections often redden or discolour the skin and may cause pustules, scaling, pain and/or itching. Skin infections caused by other agents (viruses, fungi) have a wide variety of possible presentations, that may be hard to distinguish from other causes of skin rash.
Last Review Date: August 14, 2017