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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Overview)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include contusions, tears, punctures, etc.


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How does wound healing work?

How does wound healing work?

Complicated process: Multiple factors involved. White blood cells and platelets travel to the site for immune system and blood clotting. Collagen fibers heal across, and new blood vessels grow in. Collagen fibers remodel. Proper body protein level and appropriate vitamin levels help with healing. Poor nutrition, diabetes, cigarette smoking, infection, poor blood supply, Prednisone can delay or prevent proper healing. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
802 Doctors shared insights

Wounds (Overview)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include contusions, tears, punctures, etc.


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Infection from dermabond wound. They have to have more than one symptom? My son has a fever. He's also teething 19 months old

Infection from dermabond wound. They have to have more than one symptom? My son has a fever. He's also teething 19 months old

Take him to doctor: If the wound appears red, swollen, feels like it has liquid, draining or smells bad it may be infected. This type of infection can cause a fever. Take him back to where he had the wound repaired so that they can evaluate him. Many times just a small little piece needs to be opened for drainage. I would not delay on having him evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Treating a Puncture Wound (Checklist)

Remove the foreign body, if possible
Once
Clean the wound with soap and water
Once
Apply pressure if there is any bleeding
Once
Update your tetanus vaccination
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My dr recently told me that one side of my heart is larger than the other. What would symptoms wound this cause?

My dr recently told me that one side of my heart is larger than the other. What would symptoms wound this cause?

Heart: The left side of the heart has greater mass than the right side. It pumps higher pressure for the same volume load. This doesn't cause symptoms if it is the normal situation. Sometimes more disparity is present, it isn't clear from what you wrote that you have an imbalance. ...Read more

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What the signs of a wound infection?

What the signs of a wound infection?

Red, drainage, fever: If a wound has redness, warm to touch, purilent yellow/green drainage, fever, increasing pain, or just fails to heal as expected. ...Read more

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How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is puncture wound of the knee?

How does the doctor know if the diagnosis is puncture wound of the knee?

History & physical: Usually by performing a history and physical examination with possible radiologic evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you use an X-ray to diagnose a PCL tear to see if you need reconstruction?

Can you use an X-ray to diagnose a PCL tear to see if you need reconstruction?

Maybe: The best diagnostic method is a good physical exam to determine how loose the knee is. Mri is the most detailed imaging that will tell you what ligaments are injured. An xray won't show you the PCL tear but it can show you how far back the tibia sits relative to the femur if you have a comparison view of the other knee and it is a dynamic view of someone pushing the leg back during xray. ...Read more

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Wat do you do wen ya stiched wound turns blue?

Wat do you do wen ya stiched wound turns blue?

Depends: many issues: Generally the blood supply to skin decreases from maximal in the head to minimal in the feet, so it depends on where the wound is, how far the discoloration extends from the wound edges, interval since repair, presence or absence of pain, and a host of other factors. If you don't like the way it looks, go back to the doctor who performed the repair to be re-examined. ...Read more

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What are the tests for knife wound?

What are the tests for knife wound?

More information: There are a large number of tests that might be done, mostly to detect any injuries to underlying organs or blood vessels. Depends on the location and depth of the knife wound. This could be anything from exploring the wound with a probe to see its depth, to an arteriogram (blood flow test for the arteries) to a CT scan. Some knife wounds need immediate surgery. ...Read more

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How would I know if my wound is infected?

How would I know if my wound is infected?

Wound Infection: There are several things to look for: redness, pain, drainage, change in drainage, swelling, odor, fever, chills, shaking (known as rigors). If you have any questions then I would recommend seeing a clinician as soon as you can. ...Read more

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What causes wounds on the tongue and what's the cure?

What causes wounds on the tongue and what's the cure?

Aphthous ulcers: Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) is a common condition, restricted to the mouth, that typically starts in childhood or adolescence as recurrent small, round, or ovoid ulcers with circumscribed margins, erythematous haloes, and yellow or gray floors. A positive family history of similar ulcers is common, and the natural history is typically of resolution in the third decade of life. ...Read more

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What does a "slow healing wound" mean? How slow is slow?

What does a "slow healing wound" mean? How slow is slow?

Slow healing wound: Our body has an innate ability to heal and most of simple wounds heal without any complications. But some wounds are slow to heal either due to complications of the wound, depth, infection etc and it takes longer to heal. It can also be due to other medical conditions like diabetes, varicose veins and poor state of health of the person. How slow is variable from few days to few weeks and months. ...Read more

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Does interosseous ligament of knee tear treatable? Thanks

Does interosseous ligament of knee tear treatable? Thanks

Yes: Please consult an orthopedist who is more special used in sports injury. By arthroscopy it is treatable, will need extensive physical therapy. ...Read more

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How shall I treat a coral inflicted wound?

How shall I treat a coral inflicted wound?

Consult your doctor: Wound care instructions should be obtained from a physician who has inspected your wound. Not all wounds are the same and not all will have the same treatment. Generally however, the wound site should be regularly cleansed with sterile saline or a wound cleanser. Deeper more involved wounds with signs of infection may require oral antibiotics. Consult with your physician for a plan of care. ...Read more

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How are bullet wounds treated?

How are bullet wounds treated?

Usually surgery: Bullet wounds should be surgically inspected and the debrided. Appropriate antibiotics should be administered. You need to be monitored closely for any infection ...Read more

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What is the treatment for knife wound?

What is the treatment for knife wound?

Depends: This depends on where the wound is located and how deep it goes. A superficial wound on the arm or leg may just require stitches. A deep wound over the abdomen, neck or chest may require emergency surgery. One could write half a textbook on knife wound treatment. See a doctor if there is a question. ...Read more

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Can you please suggest treatments for wound infections?

Can you please suggest treatments for wound infections?

See your doctor: Physicians can empirically (best guess) treat wounds, but they to do a tissue culture/biopsy is better than a swab culture. Of course one should clean wound, and a doc may need to debride wound. Additionally one would want to cleanse wound regularly, and use appropriate dressing to decrease chance infection or manage bioburden infection if present, oral and IV antibiotics may be necessary. ...Read more

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How to cure a wound in the finger. Just came up suddenly about 6 weeks ago.

How to cure a wound in the finger. Just came up suddenly about 6 weeks ago.

Treat the cause: It clearly states on nearly every page here that we do not provide treatment. A wound that is not healing in six weeks needs to have a physician examine it. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of wound infection?

What's the best treatment to get rid of wound infection?

See surgeon: The area needs to be evaluated cleaned or even derided to remove revitalized tissue and then packed and monitored for progress. Culture and appropriate antibiotics amy be necessary. ...Read more

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What is the best pain management drug for surgical wound pain?

What is the best pain management drug for surgical wound pain?

Pain killers: The best pain killer for the surgical wound pain is the one that relieves your pain. It can be over the counter medication like Ibuprofen or tylenol, (acetaminophen) or prescription medication. ...Read more

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Is there any specific diet or tablets which can help in fast recovery of knee ligament tear?

Is there any specific diet or tablets which can help in fast recovery of knee ligament tear?

Many can help: If your ligament is completely torn I advise surgery but partial tears can heal. I advise an anti-inflammatory diet:https://tinyurl. Com/38mdp6 Important nutrients include vitamin C, B6, B12, magnesium, manganese ; zinc- see http://www. Leastening. Com/articles/sport-exercise/nutrition-for-tendons-and-ligaments. Html homeopathy can help (consider ruta grav). Some advise taking collagen supplements. ...Read more

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Can retinal detachment/tear be genetic?

Can retinal detachment/tear be genetic?

Having a family: Member (first degree relative) with retinal detachment slightly increases risk for retinal detachment. Know the symptoms: increased floaters, flashes of light, curtain blocking edges of vision. ...Read more

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What increases risk of a wound infection?

What increases risk of a wound infection?

Wound infection: Many factors which include: the type of wound; the circumstances in which the wound developed (especially traumatic wounds); the length of time that you had the wound; underlying illnesses like diabetes or poor blood flow; the lack of care of the wound. These are just a few of the major things that can increase the risk of a wound infection. ...Read more

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House suffer from fleas infestation. Male 32 yo suffer from itching small wounds caused by fleas bite. Please advise how to ease the itch avoid wound?

House suffer from fleas infestation. Male 32 yo suffer from itching small wounds caused by fleas bite. Please advise how to ease the itch avoid wound?

Topical treatment: Obviously the first step is to treat the infestation. You can contact a professional exterminator to do this for you. For the itching you can apply Hydrocortisone cream 1% (over the counter) as directed in package insert or calamine lotion (which is also over the counter). Wash the insect bite site with soap and water and keep it clean. ...Read more

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What causes a wound to weep?

Part of healing: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more

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What are the types of wounds?

What are the types of wounds?

Wounds: There are many types of wounds. Some of the major categories of wounds are: trauma, surgical, venous, arterial, neuropathic, burns and pressure. The term wound can also be generalized to any open area of the skin so that even dermatological illnesses can get categorized as wounds until a definite diagnosis can be made. Other are combinations of the above such as the term 'diabetic wound'. ...Read more

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How long does it take a baby’s circumcision to heal? After my son has his circumcision, how long will it take the wound to heal? .

How long does it take a baby’s circumcision to heal? After my son has his circumcision, how long will it take the wound to heal? .

About a week: Most circumcisions will heal in about a week, depending on the method used. Those done with a plastabell often take a few days longer. ...Read more

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What can I expect if I tear?

What can I expect if I tear?

Depends on degree: If the question is in reference to a vaginal delivery, it depends on the location and extent of the tear or laceration. The results may range from none or few symptoms to pain requiring medication, and problems with bowel continence, and pain with intercourse. The latter items are not likely, but they cannot be predicted in advance, nor can the degree of tearing. ...Read more

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How are bullet wounds treated?

Usually surgery: Bullet wounds should be surgically inspected and the debrided. Appropriate antibiotics should be administered. You need to be monitored closely for any infection ...Read more

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What is aqueous humour? Is it tear?

What is aqueous humour? Is it tear?

Not tears: Aqueous humor is the clear fluid produced inside the eye to nourish the eyes tissues, maintain proper eye pressure and carry out waste material. It is quite different in composition from tears which bathe the outside of the eye. ...Read more

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Wound pouring clearish fluid, why?

Wound pouring clearish fluid, why?

Natural Process: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more

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Do wounds that weep need to be bandaged?

Do wounds that weep need to be bandaged?

Yes: All open wounds need to be dressed with an appropriate dressing. You may need a wound specialist to determine the cause of the weeping. This has a bearing on the type of dressing used as well as ancillary treatments. ...Read more

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I had stiches removed and the wound reopened.

I had stiches removed and the wound reopened.

Sorry to: Hear that. It will have to heal? By secondary" means (Gradual "filling in") thus leaving (usually) a prominent scar! REPORT THIS TO THE PRACTITIONER who put in the stitches Cover the wound with a DRY STERILE DRESSING! ....Hope this is helpful

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What would happen if someone urinated on a wound?

What would happen if someone urinated on a wound?

Urine is Sterile: Nothing. Urine is sterile. It is free of disease or other dangers in general. ...Read more

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What is a slap tear?

What is a slap tear?

SLAP tear: This is a tear of the glenoid labrum (cartilage lip around the socket of the shoulder). ...Read more