Question: How do you know if a scratch is serious?

Is my scratch infected or just healing?

After the initial discharge of a bit of pus and blood, your wound should be clear. If the discharge continues through the wound healing process and begins to smell bad or have discoloration, its probably a sign of infection.

What happens if you dont treat a scratch?

What are possible complications? If an infected cut is not treated promptly, the infection will begin to spread into the deeper tissues under the skin. This is called cellulitis. The infection can travel through your blood to other parts of your body.

How long do scratches take to disappear?

Minor scrapes may be uncomfortable, but they usually heal within 3 to 7 days. The larger and deeper the scrape, the longer it will take to heal. A large, deep scrape may take up to 1 to 2 weeks or longer to heal. Its common to have small amounts of fluid drain or ooze from a scrape.

How long does it take for a deep scratch to heal?

Most scrapes heal well and may not need a bandage. They usually heal within 3 to 7 days. A large, deep scrape may take 1 to 2 weeks or longer to heal. A scab may form on some scrapes.

What is it called when you scratch yourself in your sleep?

Scratching during sleep is a type of parasomnia. This term refers to conditions in which a person experiences injury or other undesirable physical effects while sleeping. An underlying medical condition may cause nocturnal scratching.

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