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If the bandage was soaked with pus, I would suggest going to an emergency room. they will clean it with normal saline, possibly under pressure to get rid of the sand (debridement), and put a dressing on it. more than likely, even without a fever, you will get a prescription for an antibiotic. If you are not allergic to penicillin, you will probably get a prescription for either Augmentin (amoxicillin + clavulanic acid) if you have to only pay a co-pay for medications, or cephalexin (Keflex) if you have to pay full price.

They will also suggest that if you have any pain you can take either acetaminophen (tylenol) or ibuprofen (advil, motrin) which you can get over-the-counter (that means without a prescription you can just buy them). then they will tell you to keep the bandage clean and dry, change the bandage once a day or if it gets wet or dirty (you can ask for bandaging supplies and if the nurse likes you she will give you a bunch and tell you to keep quiet), and follow up with your doctor in 3-5 days.

most often these types of infections are a mixture of staph and strep. there is a very small chance the bacteria can enter the bloodstream (called bacteremia), travel to the heart, and seed the heart valves (this is called endocarditis). usually but not always, bacteria in the bloodstream causes a fever, which is why the person who replied above told you to get an antibiotic if you had a fever.