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How long will it take a scab that's only cut the epidermis to heal and to look normal?

How long will it take a scab that's only cut the epidermis to heal and to look normal?

Natural healing: When skin is injured/opened, scabs form to protect delicate internal tissues from the harsh external environment. Cover with a clean dressing changing it every other day or so. Vaseline is an oil made to protect intact skin, not heal open wounds. Stay away from peroxide, alcohol, betadine, hibiclens, bleach solutions and other irritating things. Healing should occur quickly. No picking! ...Read more

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I have a cut that has a scab, will moisturising it help it heal quick and well? Can I use any moisturiser that I normally use?

I have a cut that has a scab, will moisturising it help it heal quick and well? Can I use any moisturiser that I normally use?

Vaseline!: In my opinion, gently removing the scab with Vaseline over a few days and then keeping it moist with more Vaseline and a bandaid while it heals without a scab works best to leave as little scar as possible. Watch for signs of infection (advancing redness around the wound or increasing pain) and good luck! ...Read more

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Other than a spider bite, what leaves deep, tender, hard to heal, tough scab, that takes weeks/months to heal?

Other than a spider bite, what leaves deep, tender, hard to heal, tough scab, that takes weeks/months to heal?

Non healing ulcer: Non healing ulcer may be from certain specific skin conditions, underlying diabetes, poor circulation and underlying skin cancer and many more. These are some common things to think of first in the differential. ...Read more

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How is an open cut with dry blood under the skin supposed to heal? Will it scab? What am I supposed to do to help it heal?

How is an open cut with dry blood under the skin supposed to heal? Will it scab? What am I supposed to do to help it heal?

Inflammation&repair: The body has significant healing powers and a complex process to heal your injury is already in progress. The wound will shrink and ultimately form a scab which will then gradually shrink then fall off. Keep the wound clean and dry for 24 hours, then leave it open to air. Your body will do the rest. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Under my nipple (sulcas) is a split from where my bf bit too hard. Its a little sore and there seems to be some scabbing around it. Will it heal?

Under my nipple (sulcas) is a split from where my bf bit too hard. Its a little sore and there seems to be some scabbing around it. Will it heal?

Yes!: Yes it should as long as it does get infected. Clean the area thoroughly and apply an over the counter antibiotic ointment several times daily. It the area becomes more swollen, red, hot or tender you need to seek medical attention. ...Read more

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My 3 yo has a cut right at pant line that won't heal b/c the scab keeps getting torn off. B/c of location band aid or tegaderm won't stick. Ideas?

Liquid bandage: Try using the liquid bandage available at most drug stores, and then putting some antibacterial ointment over the area daily - pant will get a little greasy but friction will be reduced! ...Read more

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Minor cuts and bites on my lower legs don't heal, thighs barely heal. I still pick off scabs from five years ago from shaving cuts. Then they bleed.

Minor cuts and bites on my lower legs don't heal, thighs barely heal. I still pick off scabs from five years ago from shaving cuts. Then they bleed.

You should be: Checked for occult metabolic disorder such as diabetes or Cushing's disease or nutritional deficiency Lots of causes of poor wound healing, so you should consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Have had a raw skin/cut on my ear for a while. Nothing heals it. Just keeps scabbing, burning and bleeding. Anything I can do?

Non-healing wound: If you have a spot on your ear that is not healing and keeps scabbing for a while, it should be checked out. I would recommend seeing a dermatologist, plastic surgeon or ENT doctor to check it out and rule out any other issue like underlying infection, etc. It may also need a biopsy. ...Read more

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Why is it that when I get a cut or pick at a bump it just scabs over but doesn't heal? I tan. On and off I have scab on arms neck leg.

Why is it that when I get a cut or pick at a bump it just scabs over but doesn't heal? I tan. On and off I have scab on arms neck leg.

Poor healing: Get your blood sugar checked to rule out diabete and your immune globulins to rule out immune globulin insufficiency ...Read more

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I fell a few months ago and got a cut near my knee, turned to a scab, then a blister. I reinjured it a month ago and there's still a reddish hard blister-like lump that doesn't seem to contain liquid, but it hasn't gone away? Should I be patient?

I fell a few months ago and got a cut near my knee, turned to a scab, then a blister. I reinjured it a month ago and there's still a reddish hard blister-like lump that doesn't seem to contain liquid, but it hasn't gone away? Should I be patient?

Depends: I would take a photo or see a doctor for a consult. Without being able to see the scab/blister it is difficult to say. Keloids can form at a scar trauma area or it could possible be a funucle. Can't say without knowing more information ...Read more

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How to heal scabs--super glue?

No, not super glue..: Scabs are part of the healing process and should be left to fall off on their own. ...Read more

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A scab that doesn't heal indicates what?

A scab that doesn't heal indicates what?

What is a scab?: A scab is a collection of red blood cells, platelets and other things that your body produces to cover a break in the skin. Our skin protects the delicate internal things from the harsh external environment outside our bodies. As the injured tissues under the scab heal. It will eventually fall apart allowing new tissues to fill in the injury. Do not pick/pull at it as this slows down healing. ...Read more

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How long do scabs take to heal on the face?

How long do scabs take to heal on the face?

Short time: If you have sores on your face that do not
seem to heal quickly, you need to see your
primary care. May be something else. ...Read more

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For how long does it take a scab wound to heal?

For how long does it take a scab wound to heal?

If you have: No chronic illness, and the injury is in an area with good blood flow, you clean it daily keep it moist and protected from repeat injury and it is less than 5 sq. Centimeters in area it should be well on it's way within 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Can you please explain how I can clean this cut/ scab?

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. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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If I got a small cut, how long does it take for the cut to scab?

If I got a small cut, how long does it take for the cut to scab?

Depends: Cuts scab over and heal more rapidly when they are close to your body center or face where the blood supply is excellent. The longest is the lower part of the legs and feet. ...Read more

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I have small and big hard bumps that have scabs on them what is it?

I have small and big hard bumps that have scabs on them what is it?

Where?: Where exactly on your body are these located and were you exposed to anything that could have caused this? Bumps and scabbing could be indicative of many things. It is hard to tell without more information. ...Read more

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I have sores and scabs on the back of my head that are taking a while to heal?

I have sores and scabs on the back of my head that are taking a while to heal?

Acne keloidalis: If the "sores and scabs" are bumps arising from hair follicles, and possibly coalescing into each other, you may have something called acne keloidalis nuchae. (sounds fatal, I know, but it's more of a nuisance than anything, although it can cause hair loss.) if it's not going away, you really should see your doctor or a dermatologist for treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do to heal a scab super fast (or at least cover it up really well)?

What can I do to heal a scab super fast (or at least cover it up really well)?

Vaseline: Wounds heal twice as quickly if they are kept moist rather than allowed to dry out. Simply covering it with vaseline with or without a bandage will help it to heal more quickly. However, if there is a thick scab, your best bet is to gently remove the scab, and then keep the wound covered with vaseline so that a scab doesn't form again. ...Read more

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Hello. I would like to know if picking old scabs can cause them to heal like a smooth bump?

Hello. I would like to know if picking old scabs can cause them to heal like a smooth bump?

Leave scabs alone: Constantly picking old scabs while a wound is healing will cause increased granulation or additional tissue to form increasing the scar. ...Read more