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A 40-year-old member asked:

how long after you get a wound that requires stitches can you actually wait to get stitches?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Depends: It is usually best to be seen right away. If the wound is clean or cleaned up, and depending on the locatin on the body, some physicians will allow up to 12 hours. Some longer. If the wound is dirty, a puncture or contaminated, get seen right away. There should be very few reasons to delay closure of a wound. Be very careful and cautions and err on the side of immediacy.
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
18 hours: Up to 18 hours. If the cut is on your face, up to 24 hours.

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Can I do anything to help my wound heal faster?

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Wound healing: It is too difficult to answer your question without more information. Cause, location, associated factors (like leg swelling with a leg ulcer), lifestyle...Are all factors in the healing of a wound.
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Does smoking make my wound healed slower?

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Yes: Adequate blood flow is a vital component for any type of wound healing. Normal blood flow delivers oxygen and essential nutrients to the wound, which help it heal in a timely manner. Smoking chronically reduces the amount of blood flow to the wound and deprives it of oxygen and nutrients. Toxins in tobacco products prevent the cells involved in wound healing from doing their job properly.
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Is it good for wounds to heal in a moist environment?

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It depends!: Some wounds, such as those in the mouth or in the gastrointestinal tract, heal quickly because of the moist environment. However, most surgical wounds involving the skin heal best if kept dry, or are moistened only by antibiotic ointment.
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What happens if a large wound isn't stitched closed?

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Heal slower: A large gaping wound will take longer to heal. If a doctor determines it is safe to close a wound with stitches, it will then heal faster.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How can one care for a wound in which shiny whiteness is observed?

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Hard to say: This sounds like the wound is covered with fibrin. Remove this tissue gently and then apply antibiotic ointment. Cover with some type of a secondary dressing. If no better see a wound care specialist.

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