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A 33-year-old member asked:

How can someone most easily heal self harm cuts?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
Simple 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. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How to heal self-harm cuts fast?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
Psychiatry 58 years experience
Depends: If superficial, cleaning it and putting on a bandaid or clean dressing usually is ok. If is deep, seeing a doctor, urgent care or hospital is a good idea. MOST IMPORTANT is seeing a mental health professional since this kind of behavior suggests some psychological issues that need to be treated. If someone is suicidal they need to be seen immediately. Call 911 or go to a hospital and get help.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How can you tell someone about self harm?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
SOMEONE TO LISTEN: Put embarassment and shame aside and speak plainly. A real expert will ask all sorts of questions to find its origin, purpose and its place in your life. If it truly endangers you work this out immediately. Find a really experienced psychotherapist and find out what's happening.

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