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Why do healing wounds itch?

Why do healing wounds itch?

Histamine release: Whenever tissue is subject to trauma, the body initiates an inflammatory response as part of the healing process. Several different types of cells are released into the bloodstream and make their way to the wound where healing is initiated. Among these are mast cells which release histamine. It is the histamine which causes the wound to itch.

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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I am curious if acne itches does it mean its healing?

I am curious if acne itches does it mean its healing?

Probably not: The books say that some people become allergic to the microbes that cause acne. It's time to get serious rx. If topical benzoyl perxoide has not cleared you in two weeks, or you have it on your trunk, get with your personal physician. You owe it to yourself.

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My nipple itches so bad, what's wrong, treatment?

My nipple itches so bad, what's wrong, treatment?

Need evaluation: If no rash is present, would look at your at your back as the areolar region is nerve innervated by t-4.

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Can you get cellulitis from insect bite itches when healing?

Possibly.: If you scratch the itch you can tear open the skin and allow for infection and inflammation into deeper tissue.

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I have been using vagasil in my clitoris since I had a tiny cut which is now healing I think. It burns when I wipe. Why? My butt also itches.

I have been using vagasil in my clitoris since I had a tiny cut which is now healing I think. It burns when I wipe. Why? My butt also itches.

Wrong Rx, wrong place: Vagisil is not designed to treat clitoral cuts, but when spread over the perineum can irritate with itching in the area due to any bacterial content. This might be a good time to see a GYN MD at the right place for the right Rx for your problem.

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Had tick pulled out 3 weeks ago but now there is a lump and itches. Should I be concerned? Treatment?

Had tick pulled out 3 weeks ago but now there is a lump and itches. Should I be concerned? Treatment?

Tick: Generally the rash from lyme (erythema migrans) does not itch and is not raised. What could cause a bump and itch is if part of the tick was left in and is causing an inflammatory reaction or your body is mounting a local allergic reaction to the body part. I would check to make sure some to the tick was not left behind. Should also have blood work for lyme anyway.

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Doctor my skin itches me (sort of a prick) and it sort of burns (it turns hot) what could be the cause and the possible treatment.?

Doctor my skin itches me (sort of a prick) and it sort of burns (it turns hot) what could be the cause and the possible treatment.?

Allergy? Autoimmune?: This sounds as if it could e an autoimmune or allergic disease. It could also be paresthesias from diabetes. You need to be evaluated by your internist or dermatologist.

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I was in a car accident and severed some nerves in my forehead. It's still numb but gets shooting pains and itches. Signs of nerve healing?

I was in a car accident and severed some nerves in my forehead. It's still numb but gets shooting pains and itches. Signs of nerve healing?

Tingling: Tingling, itching, burning, sharp pains- these are the sensations nerves undergo. If this occurs after numbness, perhaps it indicates some nerve regeneration. Hang in there- perhaps this is a good sign!

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7 stitches in ring finger. 4 days later itches crazy. Wrapped up in gauze with bacitration, what is normal healing/discomfort?

Sounds normal: Healing stitches can itch like crazy. (I have personal experience with this). You might want to peek under the bandage and make sure you haven't developed a rash from the bacitracin or something else.

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I washed my hair with lice shampoo and used the treatment but head still itches. Help?

I washed my hair with lice shampoo and used the treatment but head still itches. Help?

Check again: I would thouroughly check your head and hair again for any remaining lice or nits. Often, many of the treatments need to be repeated one week after initial treatment. Also, keep in mind that the shampoos used to treat lice can cause some irritation to the scalp which can induce itching and may not represent a residual lice infestation.

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My inner ear itches but I am already on antibiotics now. Is that a normal healing process?

My inner ear itches but I am already on antibiotics now. Is that a normal healing process?

Itching can be part: Of the healing process. That is why cuts on the skin often itch while they heal, daring you to scratch it and risk breaking it open again. That is why sometimes a completely healed over scar can still itch. Having said that, worsening itching for weeks after an infection may also mean allergic or hypersensitivity reaction. So monitor the duration of the itch.

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What medical treatment is used to get rid of hemorrhoid in anus while pregnant? It's getting bigger it itches and visible during sex it's hanging out

What medical treatment is used to get rid of hemorrhoid in anus while pregnant? It's getting bigger it itches and visible during sex it's hanging out

Call OB: In general, certain anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided during pregnancy, and these are present in some over the counter hemorrhoid medication. Call your OB to discuss. Hope this helps!

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My skin itches and then rashes are made. If I take anti histamine it stops the allergy for 2-3 days but I get too sleepy. Is there any other treatment?

My skin itches and then rashes are made. If I take anti histamine it stops the allergy for 2-3 days but I get too sleepy. Is there any other treatment?

Dermatographism?: You may have this condition in which the skin welts up after being scratched. You may try non-sedating antihistamine to see if it helps.

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I have a drop wart (thats what my parents call them) on my neck. Only thing that bothers me is its location rubs on necklaces and it itches. Treatment?

I have a drop wart (thats what my parents call them) on my neck. Only thing that bothers me is its location rubs on necklaces and it itches. Treatment?

Skin Tags: This extra skin is not, in reality, a wart caused by hpv-the wart virus. But, it is extra skin caused by friction of clothing, skin or jewelry. Many of us in the primary care setting freeze these with liquid nitrogen as a simple way to shrink or remove them.

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My face burns and itches immediately after I put acne treatment I got from my doctor.

My face burns and itches immediately after I put acne treatment I got from my doctor.

Common side effect: Both benzoyl peroxide and tretinoin are peeling agents. They come in different concentrations (%) and different bases (cream, lotion, gel). If it burns ask your doc to lower the strength and you spread out the time between applications to every other day or every third day. Good luck.

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I have an ear infection and I am on meds for it. I have 3 more days of taking it. But my ear itches is itching a sign of healing?

I have an ear infection and I am on meds for it. I have 3 more days of taking it. But my ear itches is itching a sign of healing?

Itching on ear meds: Would contact your doctor who prescribed the medicine. Sometimes could be sign of non healing infection sometimes could be reaction/allergy to the medicine, so please contact the doctor who prescribed the medicine and be evaluated.

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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