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Does smoking make my wound healed slower?

Does smoking make my wound healed slower?

Yes: Yes yes yes. Many plastic surgeons refuse to do procedures on smokers for this reason. Smoking causes poor blood flow to the wound, as well as other things. Quitting tobacco is one of the best decisions anyone can make. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Does smoking marijuana affect wound healing after 1 month of fistulotomy surgury wounds are still being packed and still have to wear bandages?

Does smoking marijuana affect wound healing after 1 month of fistulotomy surgury wounds are still being packed and still have to wear  bandages?

D/w your surgeon: Marijuana itself has very little effect on wound healing or recovery after surgery. Smoking, however, decreases lung function and can interfere with wound healing. Most experts suggest cessation of smoking for at least four weeks before surgery. Marijuana is illegal and may lead to dependency, mood changes and psychosis. Will not recommend to use Marijuana post surgery. ...Read more

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Does smoking marijuana affect an injured eye or make it heal faster?

Does smoking marijuana affect an injured eye or make it heal faster?

The benefit for eyes: Is in helping with glaucoma and lowering pressure in the eye. It does not help with healing from injury. ...Read more

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Does beer make you heal slower?Broken bone

Does beer make you heal slower?Broken bone

It probably depends: on amount and frequency of alcohol consumed. Minimal/moderate amounts may or may not affect healing, but overuse of alcohol can impair healing of organs, various injuries, etc. Professional help is available for alcohol use disorders. Please seek evaluation with mental health, such as psychiatrist/psychologist for assistance with alcohol symptoms. ...Read more

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Will weed affect my wound healing?

Will weed affect my wound healing?

Likely: I don't find any studies that address this question on a quick search. Smoking cigarettes definitely has a negative effect on healing and I would expect that Cannabis would have the same effect, to the degree that toxins are found in the smoke. Cannabis oil has anecdotal positive effects, but not confirmed with studies to my knowledge, and that is oil applied to the skin, not smoked. ...Read more

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How does keeping a wound moist lead to faster and safer healing?

How does keeping a wound moist lead to faster and safer healing?

Crisp cells die: A wound heals best in the environment found just under the skin. Cells are destroyed when they dry out. They are also harmed if too wet, think dish pan hands. Keeping a wound at an ideal moisture level results in the best cell division and migration as well as providing the best environment to lay down the structural protein collagen which grows new blood vessels and decreases scarring. ...Read more

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6 weeks old cigarette burn is changing color from red to purple.is that normal, will it ever heal.I treated it well when i got burn with antibacterial?

6 weeks old cigarette burn is changing color from red to purple.is that normal, will it ever heal.I treated it well when i got burn with antibacterial?

Scar: It sounds like if the injury is 6 weeks old that what you are noticing now is the scar tissue forming. It will likely continue to fade a bit; however, the area may always have a scar. I'd advise protecting the area from the sun and moisturizing well with mederma or vitamin E ...Read more

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I burned my leg on my bike exhaust almost 10 days ago, but it didn't heal up completely. I'm applying silverex cream. How else can I speed the healing process?

I burned my leg on my bike exhaust almost 10 days ago, but it didn't heal up completely. I'm applying silverex cream. How else can I speed the healing process?

Stop silverex: If you wound is not infected than silverex may actually slow healing. All you may need is Bacitracin or aquaphor ointment with twice a day cleansings with a mild soap such as cetaphil. Any edema or swelling in the lower legs may also slow healing and wearing appropriate compression garments will help along with elevation when possible. Stop tobacco use. If not healed by 2 weeks, scars are likely. ...Read more

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Will smoking marijuana once or twice a month make my fractured scaphoid take longer to heal? I eat healthy, i dont smoke tobacco, im an athlete so fit

Will smoking marijuana once or twice a month make my fractured scaphoid take longer to heal? I eat healthy, i dont smoke tobacco, im an athlete so fit

May be not: Weed is not likely to delay bone healing but over time it will progressively mess up your head. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have open wound under my armpit from abscess. It already pop. what to use to help heal wound cause it doesn't look like it's healing completely?

I have open wound under my armpit from abscess. It already pop. what to use to help heal wound cause it doesn't look like it's healing completely?

Heat pack: Moist heat pack and keeping wound clean and out of water can help speed the process along. If it is not progressing over next few weeks should see someone. ...Read more

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I burnt my chin using garlic while removing mole but know after approx 50 Ed days it has become a tone darker than my skin tone will it heal completel?

I burnt my chin using garlic while removing mole but know after approx 50 Ed days it has become a tone darker than my skin tone will it heal completel?

Skin pigmentation: The burned skin area will heal completely, but it's possible the skin coloration changes will remain. This is more likely to happen if the healing skin was exposed to sun while healing. After 6 months, if the color is still darker than surrounding skin, it's possible to use a skin lightener (based on hydroquinone) to lighten the area. ...Read more

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Why isn't my burn mark drying up and healing ? It no longer hurts but still looks very bad why?? Any creams ?? Please help

Why isn't my burn mark drying up and healing ? It no longer hurts but still looks very bad why??  Any creams ?? Please help

It needs time: Various layers of your skin have been damaged and it can take several days before it decides to shed the outermost damaged layer via peeling. I would recommend copious moisturizing multiple times a day to improve the outcome and possibly a topical Hydrocortisone if it is itchy.I also recommend seriously hydrating yourself with water. Your skin will heal on its own time but these measures can help. ...Read more

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Have open gash about 1.5cm long on face. Don't think need stitches. Keep it moist with Vaseline until body heals, or let it dry and scab over quickly?

Have open gash about 1.5cm long on face. Don't think need stitches. Keep it moist with Vaseline until body heals, or let it dry and scab over quickly?

Need more info: How deep is the wound.? How old is the wound? Where is it located? Must keep the wound clean. To minimize visible scarring need to see a doctor to see if it can be closed with fine sutures or surgical glue. If it is more than 24-48 hrs old then may have to allow to close on its own. Keeping it clean is very imporant. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol slow down my wound healing?

Will drinking alcohol slow down my wound healing?

Yes, but: A lot depends on how much alcohol you intend to drink. Alcohol is direct toxin and slows down white cells, so in large amounts, yes, it is not good for wound healing. ...Read more

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I have a big wound on my knee with stitches. It is not healing well, is three any way for me to make the wound heal faster?

I have a big wound on my knee with stitches. It is not healing well, is three any way for me to make the wound heal faster?

Area of stress: The knee is an area that gets a lot of action as we walk, or move in general. The action pulls on the wound and stitches reducing healing. The key is to minimize the local stress by limiting the amount you bend the knee, wearing a splint and using crutches for a while may help. You would know if it is infected so that is probably not likely. ...Read more

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Does neosporin work for reducing scaring after the wound has been almost healed or completely healed?

Does neosporin work for reducing scaring after the wound has been almost healed or completely healed?

Not directly: Wounds and how they heal is directly related to intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The intrinsic factors that impact healing and scar formation include the depth of the injury (shallow wounds heal with minimal scarring), and your genetics. Extrinsic factors include mostly wound care - wounds that are kept greasy (vaseline) heal way better than those that form scabs and are crusted. ...Read more

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Wound healing and smoking. Can we smoke at lease three ciggrate per day while wound healing process.?

Wound healing and smoking. Can we smoke at lease three ciggrate per day while wound healing process.?

Not a good idea: Smoking inhibits wound healing at any rate of daily tobacco use. You should stop smoking not only for that, but for the known and unavoidable risk of lung disease that all smokers acquire. ...Read more

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Any advise on increasing healing of a broken femur with rod and screws? Does smoking marijuana slow healing time ?

Any advise on increasing healing of a broken femur with rod and screws? Does smoking marijuana slow healing time ?

Recovery: An open reduction and internal fixation with rod and screws, is the recommended method of treating femur fracture. Smoking nicotine will DELAY healing. Nicotine is a powerful vaso constrictor that chokes off your blood flow. More blood flow is needed for healing. MJ has not been studied to know. Be well. Stay connected to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Does smoking make my wound healed slower?

Yes: Yes yes yes. Many plastic surgeons refuse to do procedures on smokers for this reason. Smoking causes poor blood flow to the wound, as well as other things. Quitting tobacco is one of the best decisions anyone can make. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's a mental issue or slowness that can cause a speech impediment, such as not being able to form words?

More info needed: That is a very general question. It depends on many factors, including the age and overall health of the patient, the nature of the symptoms, medications being taken, and many others. However, it is safe to say that the development of such a symptom where it previously did not exist warrants an evaluation with a primary care physician. ...Read more

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Is slowness or sluggishness thyroid or depression?

Is slowness or sluggishness thyroid or depression?

Could be either/both: There is a lot of overlap between the symptoms of thyroid dysfunction and depression/anxiety. Many psychiatrists and primary care doctors will check thyroid blood tests before considering treating the mood issue. If thyroid is dysfunctional then treating the thyroid condition might improve or alleviate the depression/anxiety. ...Read more

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What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

What causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

Most often.: Parkinson's disease. But to be certain you should have him examined by a neurologist. A common finding is what is known as resting tremor, also called "pill rolling" tremor because the patients appear to be rolling a pill between thier thumbs and index fingers at rest, but when they reach for something, often the tremor disappears. There are other causes that any good general neurologist can ID. ...Read more

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What are these symptoms of? Lethargy, slowness, grim outlook

What are these symptoms of? Lethargy, slowness, grim outlook

Dysthymia: And if it's really grim, depression. Before your self-diagnose mental illness, there are some entities to rule out, including medication effect, hypothyroidism, and porphyria. ...Read more

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Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Can slowness/difficulty in reading come from lack of detailed reading (looking at headings, titles, skimming/not reading content often) or dyslexia?

Either!: Skill and speed at reading certainly depends on practice! Every improves with practice, even with learning disorders. However if you have a learning disorder, see a specialist to find out what kind, then you can be given effective methods to make learning easier. When trying to read faster, pick a subject that you like! It is often easier to get more enjoyment from non-fiction/jokes first ...Read more

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Not feeling depressed but doctor put me on abulify for unbearable fatigue and "slowness" shes not sure itsmood or my uctd, how would abulify help?

Not feeling depressed but doctor put me on abulify for unbearable fatigue and "slowness" shes not sure itsmood or my uctd, how would abulify help?

Get another opinion: Abilify (aripiprazole) is used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as well as an adjunct to antidepressant meds. It is not a drug to treat fatigue per se unless the doctor is fairly certain that the fatigue is due to major uncontrolled depression. ...Read more

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Can the use of Lexapro (escitalopram) (15mg) affect cognitive functioning and cause mental slowness?

Can the use of Lexapro (escitalopram) (15mg) affect cognitive functioning and cause mental slowness?

Yes it can: These are definitely possible side effects of Lexapro (escitalopram). A more complete list can be found at the following website: http://www.rxlist.com/lexapro-side-effects-drug-center.htm Now, riddle me this....I'm curious as to why you chose tag words of "below average IQ." ...Read more

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Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Can a food allergy cause mental slowness/confusion? I have new food allergies (IgE testing) and trying to make sense of it all. Thanks!

Not likely: Many people with no food allergy will produce antibody that reacts to the food allergy panel. Thus, these tests need to be interpreted by experts who treat food allergy daily. Skin testing is often more accurate, but ones history of symptoms that follow an ingestion is critical as well. Yes, dizziness/fogginess can occur with allergy, but is transient immediately following intake. Be well! ...Read more

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I don't recognize this as purely psychological. I'm concerned that it's something e.g. neurological. Especially the loss of memory of close people and the physical slowness is worrying me. ?

I don't recognize this as purely psychological. I'm concerned that it's something e.g. neurological. Especially the loss of memory of close people and the physical slowness is worrying me. ?

Neurological eval.: See that you are a 44 year old female. Are you concerned about these symptoms in yourself or another party? The only way to know what to attribute these symptoms to - is through medical evaluation. ...Read more

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On 100mcg of Levothyroxine but still feel sluggish, anxious, mental slowness, and lack of motivation. Possible other underlying issues?

On 100mcg of Levothyroxine but still feel sluggish, anxious, mental slowness, and lack of motivation. Possible other underlying issues?

Depends: Usually hypothyroid has accompanying labs done. While your dose maybe within range you might need to ask your physician to consider an increase as clinically you are not feeling as good as expected. I usually treat the patient, the labs are guidelines and I would refer you back to whom ever prescribed the med. Need more information as well to consider additional medical diagnosis . ...Read more

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Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Critique: Trivastal, a newer Dopamine agonist, is not available in the usa, but might be a choice. Sifrol, pramipexole, is likely your safest and best starting drug. There is no role for lioresal, (baclofen) and Artane is literally "poison" and is not used in the usa. Choose the doc who recommended sifrol. ...Read more

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I m 21 year old having headaches nausea heaviness in eyes slowness in hand feet movement fatigue shortness in breath panic condition racing heart ????

I m 21 year old having headaches nausea heaviness in eyes slowness in hand feet movement fatigue shortness in breath panic condition racing heart ????

Anxiety: You have symptoms of Anxiety /panic disorder. You should see your physician for a trial of some prescription anxiolytics or a referral to psych if this is a chronic problem, affecting your overall well being. in the meantime, learn some relaxation techniques to feel better! ...Read more

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My wound healed but it is still purple. Is that normal?

My wound healed but it is still purple. Is that normal?

Discolored healing: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation to do so which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. One type is called melanocytes which carry our skin pigment melanin. A healing occurs, these cells get deposited in the area and give it the coloration you see. Over time, there will be some fading as the injury matures. ...Read more

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I had a small cut from a metal. And wound healed completely. Does there is still a chance of tetanus?

I had a small cut from a metal. And wound healed completely. Does there is still a chance of tetanus?

Not from that injury: If the wound has completely healed over then you are in the clear. If your work/life-style puts you at increased risk for dirty wounds, then staying current with your tetanus immunizations is highly recommended. ...Read more