What is Festering

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

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Festering is a condition where yellow/white pus develops in a wound due to bacterial infection. If a wound is left open, it is much more likely to get infected, or festering. Therefore, one should always avoid keeping wounds open.

What is Festering?

When a wound festers, it develops pus, a white or yellow, thick fluid, according to the National Skin Care Institute. Usually one can experience this in any part of the body. If the wound is not given proper attention, pus develops because of bacteria. Bacteria infect the wound, thus making it worse, and increasing the amount of time it takes to heal. The wound should be properly cleaned using Dettol and should always be covered so that bacteria cannot attack it.


According to various research studies, any wound from any number of causes, from accidents to environmental pollution, can eventually fester. Usually, if the wound is not attended to immediately, it will be attacked by bacteria and therefore produce pus, says the National Institute of Health.

Several home remedies can help dry the wound and a medicinal treatment can cure the wound. These are tried and tested methods used for generations and have been proven beneficial. If festering is not attended to immediately, it can severely worsen the wound.

About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve is a health and wellness enthusiast and started working on Organic Facts since 2012 and is currently responsible for managing it. She follows naturopathy and believes in healing with foods. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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