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Doctor insights on: Duct Tape Cut Circulation Wrap Injury

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Can duct tape cut off circulation if you wrap it tightly around an injury?

Can duct tape cut off circulation if you wrap it tightly around an injury?

Acts like tourniquet: Yes, anything wrapped circumferentially around an injured extremity can cut off or greatly limit circulation and compress the nerves passing through the area. Both effects are very dangerous and risky. There is no medical indication for the use of duct tape. Seek medical attention to discuss better ways to treat your injury. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Circulation (Definition)

1.Movement to and fro or around something, esp. That of fluid in a closed system. 2.The continuous motion by which the blood travels through all parts of the body under the action of the heart. Compliments ...Read more


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Does using an ACE bandage cut off circulation to your foot?

Yes: Make sure the extremity distal to the ace wrap is not swelling. ...Read more

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2.5 cm cut, top of foot below big toe, 6 stiches. Hallucis longus tendon was partially cut, wearing a cam boot. Is it ok to be on feet 5 hours?

2.5 cm cut, top of foot below big toe, 6 stiches. Hallucis longus tendon was partially cut, wearing a cam boot. Is it ok to be on feet 5 hours?

Don't even ask.: This is an example of one of those hypotheticals that that surgeons are expected to have an answer for without knowing all the details. After practicing for almost forty years, my answer has never wavered. "If you have to ask, the answer is NO." ...Read more

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Why does ice reduce inflammation when applied to either a sprain or closed suture wound?

Why does ice reduce inflammation when applied to either a sprain or closed suture wound?

It reduces swelling: Inflammation is the chemical & cellular process by which injuries heal.What cold does is cause small blood vessels (arterioles) to constrict, slowing the blood flow.Injury causes blood vessels to be more permeable to let proteins, platelets, etc. get to the wound.These leak into the tissues causing swelling.Slowing blood flow reduces pressure which would force these substances out into the tissues ...Read more

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Finger avulsion, nail bed intact. Distal finger pad tore off, no tendon exposed, no bone fracture. Full movement, Tx options full thickness graft, leave to heal on own, or amputate proximal to nail bed. Risks and recommendations.

Finger avulsion, nail bed intact. Distal finger pad tore off, no tendon exposed, no bone fracture. Full movement, Tx options full thickness graft, leave to heal on own, or amputate proximal to nail bed. Risks and recommendations.

Avoid amputation: If you have adequate soft tissue over the bone and tendon, there would be no reason to amputate. A tip without graft will usually gradually fill in, but graft can get quicker coverage. A general rule of thumb is that if area is less than 1 cm in diameter graft not much benefit, if it is quite a bit larger than that then placing a graft on is a consideration. ...Read more

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Does wrapping an ACE bandage or Saran wrap around your waist really work?

Does wrapping an ACE bandage or Saran wrap around your waist really work?

Not Really....: Wrapping yourself in saran wrap isn't the best ideal to lose weight. The occlusion of the skin increases temperature, causes more sweating and forces you to lose water weight. The problem is you have to replace the fluids from the sweating, so it has a 0 net effect. You are better off at the gym exercising at your elevated zone for 30+ minutes and watching your diet. ...Read more

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Can I use Saran wrap to protect my skin when icing an injury?

Can I use Saran wrap to protect my skin when icing an injury?

Yes: Using a nonadherent protective covering such as saran wrap helps to keep ice from sticking to your skin. Using a paper towel or t-shirt material or soft cotton cloth or towel can also help to protect the skin if saran wrap is not available. ...Read more

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Can circulation be cut off by sports tape?

Can circulation be cut off by sports tape?

Absolutely: Sports tape can be great if properly applied. If too tight it will restrict venous return and cause swelling. This is especially true on the wrist and ankle in general tape should not be circumferential around the whole limb above the wrist or above the ankle. ...Read more

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Will wrapping rash with Saran wrap heal rash?

Will wrapping rash with Saran wrap heal rash?

Maybe: Wrapping a rash could help or make it worse. If you are putting a cream on a rash, then wrapping it in plastic wrap can help drive the cream into the skin. Other rashes can become worse with increase of moisture and heat from the wrapping. ...Read more

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How to treat a gash on big toe? Er cut off flap of skin. Wrap tight or loose for air? Soak 1xday? Bacetracin? None?

How to treat a gash on big toe?  Er cut off flap of skin.  Wrap tight or loose for air? Soak 1xday?  Bacetracin?  None?

Topical antibiotic: With bandage. Tetanus history should of been reviewed in the er. Ice is good as well. Monitor for signs of infection. ...Read more

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How to treat a gash on big toe? Er cut off flap of skin. Wrap tight or loose for air? Soak 1xday? Bacetracin? None? Diabetic and neuropathy.

How to treat a gash on big toe?  Er cut off flap of skin.  Wrap tight or loose for air? Soak 1xday?  Bacetracin?  None? Diabetic and neuropathy.

I would : Apply a topical antibiotic and cover. I would also suggest that you follow up with a foot doc. You are a high risk patient. Make sure your sugar is kept within normal range. ...Read more

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Cut up the tip of toe how to bandage?

Cut up the tip of toe how to bandage?

Large adhesive: If skin is healthy, you can just use a large bandaid and instead of wrapping it around the toe, place it lengthwise with gauze part over the cut. Also, you can use gauze 2x2 square and then secure with paper tape or coflex...If using something with stretch, be careful to not stretch it too tight...Don't want to cut off circulation. ...Read more

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During foot reconstruction for foot compartment syndrome damage, cut plantar fascia off my heel bone. Will it scar back to heel or remain floating?

During foot reconstruction for foot compartment syndrome damage, cut plantar fascia off my heel bone. Will it scar back to heel or remain floating?

It Will Scar down: The ligament will grow and attach in an elongated status. Massage frequently during the first 8 weeks to minimize scar fibrosis, scaring and use an arch support or orthotic to decrease stress on this plantar fascial ligament. ...Read more

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Cut fingertip with mandolin. Covered the wound with gauze. Twelve hours later, a piece of gauze stuck fast to wound. What danger in leaving gauze?

Cut fingertip with mandolin. Covered the wound with gauze. Twelve hours later, a piece of gauze stuck fast to wound. What danger in leaving gauze?

Soak and remove: Soak and remove it, or it may get trapped in the wound as the skin heals and cause ongoing irritation. If you cannot remove it easily, go to an UC or your doc and they can apply numbing agents and remove it. IF you have not had a tetanus booster in the last 10 years, get one within 72 hours of cutting yourself. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Duct (Definition)

Is a channel leading from a gland or an organ, for example lactiferous duct leads from mammary gland to ...Read more