How to deal with a post-caesarean wound infection

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A post-caesarean wound infection occurs after undergoing a C-section. An infection is typically due to a bacterial infection in the incision site. The usual signs include fever up to 100.5-103 degrees F, low abdominal pain and wound sensitivity. It is vital to start prompt treatment to lessen the risk for complications from the infection.

What are the risk factors?

It is important to note that some women face a higher risk for a post-caesarean wound infection. The usual risk factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Using long-term steroids
  • Chorioamnionitis or infection of the amniotic fluid during labor
  • Previous C-sections
    After a C-section, it is vital to monitor the appearance of the wound and carefully follow the postoperative instructions by the doctor.
  • Poor prenatal care
  • Prolonged labor or surgery
  • Lack of preventive antibiotics or pre-surgical antimicrobial care
  • Significant blood loss during labor, delivery or surgery

Indications of a post-caesarean wound infection

After a C-section, it is vital to monitor the appearance of the wound and carefully follow the postoperative instructions by the doctor. Take note that the surgical procedure can also increase the risk for other issues such as blood clots.

A doctor should be consulted if any of these symptoms manifest after being discharged from the hospital:

  • Redness and swelling at the site of the incision
  • Intense abdominal pain
  • Drainage of pus from the incision site
  • Leg swelling or pain
  • Painful urination
  • Achiness at the site of the incision that does not subside or becomes worse
  • Bleeding that includes large-sized clots
  • Fever up to 100.4 degrees F
  • Bleeding that soaks a feminine pad in an hour
  • Foul-smelling vaginal drainage

Treatment for a wound infection

If cellulitis is present, antibiotics are given to clear up the infection. Antibiotics target the staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria. A post-caesarean wound infection is treated with intravenous antibiotics.

An abscess is also managed using antibiotics and necessitate specialized care. The doctor will slice the incision covering the infected region and allow the drainage of pus. After the site has been carefully washed, the doctor prevents the buildup of pus by applying an antiseptic followed by gauze over it.

More Information / Disclaimer

The information posted on this page on post caesarean wound infection is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize the signs of infection by taking a standard first aid course with Victoria First Aid.

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