Soon Your Cut Will Tell You When It's Infected

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A Ph.D. student from Melbourne, Australia has created the ultimate minor medical tool for moms. It's a bandage that monitors the health of a cut and lets you know when it's infected.

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The bandage is the brainchild of Louise van der Werff, a Ph.D. student at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She developed a temperature sensitive fabric that can be weaved into a band-aid or a roll of medical dressing. When you wrap a wound, the dressing will change colors when an infected wound gets warm. Forget poking and prodding for pus, all you have to do is wait for a color change.

A band-aid manufacturer is supporting the research and hopes to have a product ready for trial by the end of the year. [Fresh Science via MedGadget]

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DISCUSSION

Your lips (specifically the area right at the border of the color change) are extremely sensitive to temperature. Just put the suspect area against the lip/skin border and you've got an infection detector right there. Infections are also somewhat swollen and may be more painful.

Know your body and it will let you know what is going on.