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how long does a wound takes to heal! after cutting a boil open?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends on many: Factors: size of wound; depth of wound; location of wound; pt's overall state of health (diabetics often take longer to heal). If lanced boil, size of abscess, how long it takes to drain, whether antibiotics r used, quality of wound care.
Dr. Tracy Berg
Dr. Tracy Berg commented
General Surgery 32 years experience
Healing/recurrence will be negatively impacted by any retained cystic material. Once the infection and current wound are under control, you may require a re-excision.
Mar 17, 2013
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
It depends...: Small wounds should take only a few days to heal. Healing however depends on a variety of factors including: age, general health, circulation, infection control, and nutrition.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. It will heal as fast as it can using these tricks.

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