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.

Last Updated: July 28, 2008

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