From abrasions, lacerations, punctures and more, there are many types of wounds that can damage the skin and keep it from remaining the protective barrier that keeps your body safe from infection, even including radiation exposure and other harmful chemicals. When healing is the only thing on your mind, the road to recovery can seem like a long one. Are antibiotics your ticket to wellness?

According to Drugs.com, antibiotics are defined as medicines that stop or prevent bacteria growth and keep it from leading to an infection. Antibiotics are available in various forms, from oral tabs and sprays to creams, ointments and powders.

In this article, we’ll discuss when you need to consider an antibiotic, plus the easiest way to ensure proper recovery: hygiene.

How do I know if I have an infection?

In most cases, a wound can heal properly without help from an antibiotic. When it becomes infected, it should raise concern. The following signs may point to an infection:

  • The skin around the wound is warm, according to Medical News Today.
  • There’s an unpleasant odor and discharge coming from the area.
  • You’re experiencing fever, chills, aches, pains, nausea and vomiting.
If you notice any of these symptoms, call your doctor and ask if antibiotics are necessary.
Discuss about potential infection issues with your doctor.Discuss potential infection issues with your doctor.

The truth about antibiotics

Most skin infections can be treated with standard hygiene, such as washing with soap and water. The severity of the wound plays a major role in whether an antibiotic may be beneficial. Wounds UK, a major international healthcare business with specialization in wound management, believes there is limited research to support the claim that antibiotics have the power to heal; rather, they can prevent wound infection that could put the healing process on hold.

At the end of the day, it’s always best to trust the judgment of your medical professional and take his or her advice before making your decision about antibiotics.

Take care of your wound at home

While taking an antibiotic during the early stages of wound care can be beneficial to recovery, the simple act of keeping the injury clean can make a major difference and reduce your risk of infection. SmartPAC by Advanced Tissue enables you to take care of your wound independently from the comfort of your own home. The packaging is designed to help you feel more confident about taking control of your healing process; each package comes with individually dosed supplies and on-demand videos that guide you through your daily dressing changes.