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How to help heal a painful sunburn?

How to help heal a painful sunburn?

Sunburn: The thick, gel-like juice of the aloe vera plant can take the sting and redness out of a sunburn. Aloe vera causes blood vessels to constrict. Luckily, this healing plant is available at your local nursery or even in the grocery store's floral department. Simply slit open one of the broad leaves and apply the gel directly to the burn. Apply five to six times per day for several days. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive exposure to the sun that causes damage ...Read more


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How can one promote better wound care and healing of minor skin abrasion?

How can one promote better  wound care and healing of minor skin abrasion?

Clean and cover: Localized small abrasions can be rinsed with sterile saline or warm water and soap and dressed with a topical antibiotic ointment and covered with a sterile dressing. Consult with your physician if you do not have improvement or develop signs of infection. ...Read more

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Accidentally popped a sunburn blister. Will it heal or cause scarring?

Accidentally popped a sunburn blister. Will it heal or cause scarring?

Be gentle with it ;: Hopefully it won't. Keep sunburn cool w moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant ; apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of sx's w/i several days or if a large surface area is blistered. ...Read more

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How can a bruise heal more quickly?

How can a bruise heal more quickly?

It can't: The resorbs the blood at a fixed rate of time. ...Read more

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How to speed up the process of healing a coldsore?

How to speed up the process of healing a coldsore?

Your doctor can: prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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How can you quickly heal a blister?

How can you quickly heal a blister?

SImple means: With injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. Swelling occurs under the skin layers and causes them to bulge creating a protective fluid cushion called a blister. As the area heals, the fluid will be resorbed or when no longer needed, the blister opens and it drains. This should take about a week. Keep it covered and protected. ...Read more

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How quickly does zilactin heal a cold sore?

How quickly does zilactin heal a cold sore?

It won't: It may moisten it, but won't cure it. Only perscription antiviral meds, topical and oral, can improve a true cold sore. And even then, the meds needs to be taken very early in the outbreak, within the first 24-48 hours to have much effect. Most cold sores last 10-14 days. Time is what is going to heal you. ...Read more

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How can you speed up the healing of a black eye bruise?

How can you speed up the healing of a black eye bruise?

Wait it out: There's no real way to speed recovery from a black eye. Like any other bruise, it's simply blood within the skin layers that needs to resolve. Just takes time. You can decrease the swelling with cold compresses, though. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to drain a cold sore to speed healing?

Is it harmful to drain a cold sore to speed healing?

Not advisable: This won't necessarily speed healing and can increase the risk of a secondary infection. Valacyclovir can speed healing. Your doctor or an urgent care clinic should be able to give you a prescription and you take 2gm twice a day for 1 day. The amino acid L-lysine has also been shown to help prevent outbreaks. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long will it take for skin burns to heal from an antiseptic (savlon)?

How long will it take for skin burns to heal from an antiseptic (savlon)?

Fast 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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How to speed up the healing of a blister from a bug bite?

How to speed up the healing of a blister from a bug bite?

Time: Your immune system knows what to do so let us be patient and wait for the results. You can place topical creams for pain and infections. ...Read more

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How to speed up healing of a wound caused by a previous pimple ?

How to speed up healing of a wound caused by a previous pimple ?

Avoid touching the: Area, as you just create continued inflammation and it may lead to scarring. You could also try the over the counter silicon sheets like ScarAway. Try to avoid placing too many creams, lotions, salves as this may also serve to further irritate/inflame the area. ...Read more

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Does a injured red eye always heal slow?

Does a injured red eye always heal slow?

Variable: Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery can be rapid or slow. ...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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How long does it take for a first degree face burn from waxing, to heal? Will it keep scars?

How long does it take for a first degree face burn from waxing, to heal? Will it keep scars?

1-2 weeks.: First-degree burns -- superficial ones that are red, but not blistered -- generally heal within a couple of weeks, without scars. You can apply a mild otc Hydrocortisone cream sparingly twice a day to speed the process along a bit, if you wish. "burn creams" like silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) are unnecessary. ...Read more

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Burned skin from Retin A, (tretinoin) will it peel? how long will it take to heal completely? could Betnovate ointment help in healing?

Burned skin from Retin A, (tretinoin) will it peel? how long will it take to heal completely? could Betnovate ointment help in healing?

Burned skin Retin A (tretinoin): The concentration of 0.1% retin-A (I was on 0.05% before) is high. The 0.1% is irritating, May induce a red rash (hundreds of tiny little bumps), thick dark scabs, and hyperpigmentation underneath the scabs (looks similar to lentigines). I think the dark scabs are chemical burns? They're around my eyes and mouth. Stop for now the retin-A for now, go back to the 0.05%? If you are having this kind of result, yes, stop the product! Make an appointment with your prescribing physician to evaluate your reaction and determine what should be done. But yes, STOP using it and don't use anything else before you see your doctor. ...Read more