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Deep Finger Cut Healing
Wound care: It is impertive that your tetanus is up to date and the wound has been thouroughly cleansed. In general. Clean, moist wounds whose edges are well approximated under minimal tension will tend to produce optimal scarring. Gentle cleansing of a contaminated wound with subsequent moist dressings will general produce the least prominent scar. Scar massage/pressure/occlusion may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maximize 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
Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?
Nail bruising: After trauma to nail, it one can get a pooling of blood under the nail (subungual hematoma) which gives the nail a purple/maroon discoloration. If injury is recent and there is pain, please see dermatologist right away. It may be necessary to drain the blood from under nail. Whether nail will be lost depends on how much trauma and how much blood presses on junction between nail plate and bed. ...Read more
Median nerve cut not healing correctly? Stitches. Relatively superficial cut, improved at first, 3.5 months later can't feel middle finger. Doc visit?
Yes: Where was the cut? Median nerve is deep. Superficial cut would not involve unless cut was on finger itself (wherein nerve would be a digital branch of median nerve, not the median nerve itself). In any event, need evaluation since nerves are important. Check carefully if both sides of the finger are involved on only one side. Report to your doctor. (If image: not included by me.) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably slows it.: I know of no evidence (or even old wive's tale) of sugar speeding up healing. In fact, excess sugar has been shown to SLOW DOWN healing of cuts & wounds (like in diabetics) b/c blood glucose at ~150 mg/dL starts to impair white blood cell mobility. Table sugar is sucrose, but the body breaks it down to glucose & fructose quickly. So, if anything, sugar on minor cuts & scrapes makes healing slower. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Palm cut 30 days ago. Hobby knife 1.5 cm deep. Nerve tingled. Dr put in medical glue. Cut OK but middle finger swollen still. Is that normal?
Cut my thumb Wednesday night w pocket knife thumb swollen see tendons when bandaid is off wound not closing still bleeding cold2 touch hand very weak
Caught my ring finger 7 weeks ago, ring had to be cut off and 30 stitches on finger. Wound closed but finger still swollen. What will reduce this?
Band aids: I don't think there's enough evidence to say that bandaids slow the healing of cuts or abrasions, but it's pretty obvious that many cuts do just as well without them. They're probably not necessary for the majority of cuts out there- except for cosmetic purposes. Proper wound care and dressing is important to healing, but your standard adhesive bandaid might probably not be part of that regimen. ...Read more
Cut thumb with razor blade. Clean cut. Got 2 stitches. Thumb hurts bad. Very sore. How long will pain last. Bout inch cut. Got tetanus shot also.
Hard to say: The digits are supplied with a higher number of nerve endings per square inch than most of the body.After this kind of injury the nerve endings will let you know they are not happy by causing pain.It may pesist with pain and hypersensitivity for weeks if not longer.After the wound is visably healed in 5-6 weeks, the site may still have odd hypersensitity to touch. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bruised my little toe, sprained my left wrist & ripped my toe nail off, any tips for healing process?
Foot cut through deep, and bone broken. What's the chance of bone infection after it's stitched up?
Can happen: Any time the skin is broken, bacteria can get in. Infection is more common in diabetics and people with vascular disease, though it happens to healthy people also. Your doctor will probably give antibiotics and a tetanus shot depending on the nature of the cut and break as well as cleaning instructions. If you use tobacco, please stop if at all possible. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers