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how is a puncture wound treated?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Puncture wound: Rx for a puncture wound requires copious cleansing of the wound with Normal Saline washes, deriding any devitalized tissue, clean wound care products and observation. Depending on the circumstances, a culture may be taken and emperic antibiotics may be given pending the results of the culture. Also, we recommend that a patient with a puncture have up-to-date coverage with a tetanus shot.
Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
Bandage: Bandage the puncture wound to protect it from the environment as it is healing. Watch for signs of infection: redness, swelling, increased pain, foul odor, discharge. You should also get a tetanus shot.

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Are there minerals which help wounds to heal faster?

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Dr. Waldo Acebo
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All of them: A good sound nutrition and balance minerals will help wound healing.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Do vitamins help wounds heal?

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Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: Vitamin a is required for skin and bone formation, cellular and immune function. Vitamin c is necessary for collagen formation, proper immune function, and as a tissue antioxidant. Vitamin e is the major lipid-soluble antioxidant in the skin; however, the effect of vitamin E on surgical wounds is inconclusive.
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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get stitches for a gunshot wound?

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Dr. Jon Krook
General Surgery 24 years experience
Usually not: Usually bullet wounds are dirty. We usually leave them open to heal by secondary intention (from the inside out.).
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Is there a particular part of the blood that helps wounds heal?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Blood and Wounds: Blood is filled with goodies that help people heal. Platelets help a wound form a scab and provide that first barrier to prevent open exposure to the environment. Growth factors in the platelets help with the healing process also. Clotting factors in the blood help the blood clot also. Then white blood cells help with fighting infection. The red blood cells continue to supply oxygen to the tissues.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Why do healing wounds itch?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
Histamine release: Whenever tissue is subject to trauma, the body initiates an inflammatory response as part of the healing process. Several different types of cells are released into the bloodstream and make their way to the wound where healing is initiated. Among these are mast cells which release histamine. It is the histamine which causes the wound to itch.

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