If there is an infection after surgery for melanoma, what are the next steps?

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RogerioNevesMDPhD (Physician (Verified) ) - 05 / 02 / 2013

As with any time the skin is cut, there is a small risk of infection. You should call your doctor if you have a fever, an increase in pain, reddening or swelling at the surgical site. Other common signs of infection are pus draining from wound, increased redness around wound, red streak from wound towards heart, increased wound tenderness, increased wound pain, increased wound swelling, heat at site of wound, delayed healing, unusual smell, enlarged lymph node. A slight fever is not uncommon after having surgery, but a fever over 38 degrees Celsius(101 degrees Fahrenheit) may indicate that you have an infection.

If the infection is confirmed your doctor may start an antibiotic, change antibiotics or even perform small procedures like opening part of the wound for pus drainage in case of an abscess.

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