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Symptoms of Infection in an Arm or Leg

Infections can occur without an injury. Symptoms of infection include:

  • Increased pain, tenderness, swelling, redness, or warmth around the affected area.
  • Red streaks extending from the affected area.
  • Drainage of pus from the area.
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, or groin.
  • Fever.

Minor infections can develop into more serious problems, such as:

Prompt medical treatment of an infection can prevent serious complications.

By Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised June 27, 2012

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