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Cut Heals With A Hard White Scab
I have cuts in my nose that won't heal. They scab over and are painful. Weird smell inside my nose sometimes too. Chest is tight and hard to breathe.?
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
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
Hi, you need to see a dermatologist to make sure it's nothing serious,
Good luck. ...Read more
Do plaques and calcium in the arteries come and go like a scab from a cut. Or another words heal in time?
Other than a spider bite, what leaves deep, tender, hard to heal, tough scab, that takes weeks/months to 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
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?
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
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.
I have a surface wound under my breast. I recently had a breast enlargement. The cut has bound but this wound is not scabbing to heal. What can I do?
I had sex with new partner. Became itchy. Scratched hard and cut open, turned to scabs. NO Blisters though. Could this b herpes Or due to poor shaving
Yes: It could be either. It is time to go get tested. ...Read more
Cut my private area while shaving, how long should I give my razer scab to heal? It's been a week and it's the same still. Using Mupirocin for 2 days.
May need more time:
May need 3-4 weeks
Continue ointment 4 times a day ...Read more
I have 2 little scabs on the under side of my knee where the legs fold when you sit Indian style. It looks like 2 fine cuts that have scabbed, but they don't heal. It's been about 2 months. I don't scratch them and they don't bleed. Y won't it heal?
Non-healing skin: Lesions are always worrisome. Make an appointment for evaluation by your health care professional. ...Read more
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
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.
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?
Cut on cheek near mouth. Won't heal because of moving my mouth for eating and talking. It oozes clear liquid after the scab is stretched apart. Help!
Vaseline: Apply vaseline or aquaphor twice a day and the wound should heal. ...Read more
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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