Don't wait to see the doctor
You may have a skin infection
Early treatment of skin infections is important. If left untreated, skin infections can be very dangerous. They can spread quickly to other parts of the body, making you very sick.
Any break in the skin can get infected. Cuts, scrapes, scratches, bug bites—even diaper rash—need to be watched for signs of infection.
3 simple first aid steps
If you have a break in the skin, remember these 3 simple first aid steps:
Keep It Clean.
Wash any cuts or open wounds in the skin with soap and water.
Keep it Dry.
Cover wounds with a bandage and keep them dry and protected.
Keep an eye on it.
Watch any cuts closely for signs of infection. If you have any signs of a skin infection, see your doctor right away.
What to look for
Signs of infection are:
Pus or Drainage
Call the Nurse Help Line
Remember, you can always call the Texas Children's Health Plan Nurse Help Line with questions about skin infections. The number is 1-800-686-3831. Nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.