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A 49-year-old member asked:

how can you heal wounds quickly?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Wound healing: This is too general of a question since there are many types of wounds in many different locations that affect the healing rate. There are arterial, venous, pressure, trauma, mixed wound types, vasculitic wounds, just for a short list of the most common types of wounds. Each of these has their own treatment and healing course.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Factors vary: Small superficial wounds can be rinsed with sterile saline or a dermal wound cleanser and dressed with a topical antibiotic ointment and covered with a sterile dressing. Deeper more involved wounds may require a more aggressive approach. See your physician to see what is best for your type of wound.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
quick wound healing: The key to rapid healing is to avoid things that slow it down. Never use peroxide, alcohol, betadine or medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) which slow down healing. Keep the wound covered with moist dressings changed every other day, keep the injured area protected and at rest.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Can I do anything to help my wound heal faster?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
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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A 36-year-old member asked:

Does smoking make my wound healed slower?

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Dr. Michael Zadeh
General Surgery 17 years experience
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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it good for wounds to heal in a moist environment?

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Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
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.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What happens if a large wound isn't stitched closed?

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Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
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 45-year-old member asked:

What can cause a intracranial space occupying lesion that is very like a ganglioglioma?

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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology 23 years experience
Various: The location, age and some radio graphic features can suggest ganglioglioma, but definitive diagnosis can only be made at biopsy.

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