How do i know if my self harm wounds are infected?

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I self harmed about a week ago (its an on going thing for about 5-6 years).

And this time around they are different.

Around the wounds its very red and very warm and the scabbing sort of looking greeny and red. Please help?

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    sounds like an infection to me. first off, gently wash the wound with warm soapy water. it needs to be kept clean in order to heal. next thing i would suggest is to use some hydrogen peroxide on it. i'm sorry you're self harming. best thing is to make an appointment with your doctor and discuss what you're going through. you are not alone. hugs

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    Hi Anon girl, I think you should get it looked at ASAP, if it is infected it will be warm and their will be a icky looking scab, I'm not meaning to frighten you because that's not what we are here to do but an infection from an unclean wound could lead to some very nasty results including septicemia, if nothing else show your mum or a responsible adult.

    Once you have this sorted you need to find help to stop you doing this, I promise you that no matter how often you do it it's not the cure for how your feeling, take care

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    Hi I agree the wounds sound infection so you need to see a doctor for some treatment.  I am concerned that you have been self harming for 5/6 years and surprised that this hasn't happened to you before.  

    Self harming isn't sustainable you know as eventually worse can happen.  I have seen post from self harmers where they have just done a small cut and all their flesh started coming away from the bone.  They ended up in hospital because of it.  You can cause permanent damage so please seek help.  x

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