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The Poetry Bug: Catching an Infection

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Roses are red. 
Violets are blue.
Catching an infection
Is not something you want to do!

Admittedly, we probably won’t take home any of the $100 in prize money at the Austin Poetry Slam hosted by Spider House Café every Tuesday night at 8:00 pm, but there are many poets who won’t be able to help you understand when you have been infected by a foreign organism, either. As Austin’s experts in podiatric care, we know firsthand how important it is to recognize the signs and symptoms of an infection and believe that you should, too.

Certain people are at greater risk than others, but the simple fact that you are alive means you have at least a chance of catching an infection. All it takes is an injury or wound to your skin and microbial organisms suddenly have a doorway into your body. These bacteria might come from the puncturing object, the environment, or even on your own skin.

Symptoms of an infection vary, but may include:

  • Swelling, warmth, redness, or increased pain around the affected area

  • Fever

  • Drainage or pus in the area

  • Red streaks that extend from the impacted region

When you experience any of these symptoms following a puncture wound or other injury, make an appointment with our practice as soon as possible. The earlier we can treat your infection, the less damage it will cause you.

The risk of infection is a major reason why wound care and daily foot checks are so important for those who live with diabetes. In order to decrease your risk of becoming infected and potentially developing a serious medical condition, do not walk around barefoot (even at home), check your shoes before putting them on to ensure nothing is inside them, and inspect your feet every day for cuts or scrapes.

The professionals at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists may not be great poets, but we do have tips to help keep you from catching an infection, plus the expertise necessary to treat the condition when you have been infected. If you need the best podiatric care in Texas, contact our Austin, TX office by calling (512) 328-8900 or use the online form on our site to schedule an appointment.

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