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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Lullove
19 years experience Podiatry
Yes: Alcohol slows wound healing by creating a imbalance in hydration levels of the skin. Alcohol is a drying agent and forces water and other fluids away ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Miller
36 years experience Wound care
One drink or many: Occasional use of the home will not affect you healing at all. However chronic use can cause liver damage. This liver creates many factors used in hea ... Read More
Dr. David Hardin
36 years experience Wound care
Not in moderation: Minimal intake will have no effect an alcoholic will drink instead of eating then will have protein and other nutrition deficiencies that have a very ... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
51 years experience Rheumatology
Small one yes: Alcohol will kill germs but injure tissues. Clen the wound first with soap and water, then if you must clean gently with alcohol and dry with a clea ... Read More
Dr. David Hardin
36 years experience Wound care
OUCH!: Alcohol will damage tissue. There are many products far safer to use.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
36 years experience Wound care
No: In moderation it won't hurt but wont help. A heavy drinker will skip important nutrients and that would be detrimental to healing.
Dr. Vadim Glukh
23 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
No: No - because a lot of times it interferes with taking anti-biotics for example.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
36 years experience Wound care
Amount ?: Wound healing is a complicated process that requires many factors including building blocks (proteins) and fuel (fats and carbohydrates) as well as co ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Suzanne Galli
24 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Wound: you can use hydrogen peroxide to cleanse your wound or you can use rubbing alcohol but you may want to use one or the other, not both together
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Traumatized Mole: Yes, alcohol is a good disinfectant but it will sting. You want to make sure there that no infection develops. Look for redness, swelling, drainage, ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joe Griffin
16 years experience Podiatry
Yes: It depends a little on what you define as "heavy" consumption. It is known that alcoholics have certain nutritional deficiencies that could impair wo ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Not the best: Initially clean with betadine, then daily dress with a less caustic medicine.Daily application of even hydrogen peroxide causes tissue destruction and ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
45 years experience General Surgery
Yes, but: A lot depends on how much alcohol you intend to drink. Alcohol is direct toxin and slows down white cells, so in large amounts, yes, it is not good f ... Read More

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