C-Section Wound Infection | Prevention and Treatment

Does your c-section wound hurt and smell? It might be infected. As with all surgical incisions it is recommended to make sure C-section wounds will heal as quickly as possible.

Open wounds, especially those which are not healing, are prone to infections. When such a wound is infected it will not heal and it will probably result in excessive, sometimes problematic, scar tissue. Not to mention the risks involved in case of enduring infections. In case of a c-section wound there’s also the uterine incision which could get infected.

This is why proper wound care right after the surgical procedure and until the wound has closed completely is essential. The C-section wound is generally located right at the underwear line.

This might lead to friction on the wound bed, thus interfering the healing process, which increases the risk on infection. Also extra skin lying over the incision isn’t a desired wound healing environment and can be an infection causing factor.

How Do You Know If Your C-section Wound is Infected?

When the wound doesn’t heal, when the wound and surrounding tissue is (progressively) swollen puffy, red, and painful when touched, when it has a bad smell/odor it might be infected.

Also intense pain, experiencing flu-like symptoms, and excessive drainage could be C-section wound infection indications.

“I had 2 c sections two and had not healed properly either they told me it was staph infection. I had to have a nurse come to my house every day for months to clean and pack it. It did take a while so for my second one they gave me antibiotics before my c section and immediately after.”

Standard recommendations and applied methods are the topical use of surgical tape and antibiotic ointments such as Neosporin. A far less implemented and advised treatment is that of Medihoney dressings.

On the one hand this is peculiar because this natural, topical treatment of wounds has so much benefits over conventional methods.

In fact the use of Medihoney dressings, and/or wound paste has no side effects at all. This in contrary to the use of e.g. topical antibiotics which should not be used for prolonged periods because they might cause tissue damage.

The limited awareness of the benefits of using these dressings on C-section wounds can be explained by a mixture of ignorance and, to a lesser degree, skepticism.

Many people, even medical practitioners aren’t aware of the extensive scientific research that has been done on these products. The last years acceptance among patients and medical personnel is increasing.

The use of these FDA approved, medical devices is getting steadily embraced as an natural and very effective medicine. Clinically proven effects of medical honey on wounds are:

  • protect the wound from drug-resistant bacteria that can cause serious complications
  • providing a protective, antibacterial barrier against cross infection and secondary infections
  • inhibits drug resistant bacteria even when diluted over 10 fold
  • promoting wound healing and the removal of slough and dead tissue
  • creating a moist, healing environment in which new cells can flourish
  • minimizing pain and wound disturbance during dressing changes, as it helps stop dressings adhering to tissues
  • rapidly neutralizing bad odor/smell (within 12 to 24 hours).

Source: Medihoney.com

Common C-section wound infections are caused by staph, stephlococcus (most frequently occurring, MRSA), psuedomonas, e-coli bacteria. Some are naturally present in the human body while others are acquired in hospitals.

Not only do the honey based dressings fight the most horrible C-section wound infections they also work preventive because the honey creates an optimal healing environment where harmful bacteria can’t live.  Wearing these dressings also reduces the rubbing of underwear or clothes on the wound.

Of course, in case of complications, always consult your doctor. This article is meant to point to the benefits of using the Medihoney sheets.

Learn more through these related articles on how to heal open wounds faster and c-section scars.

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