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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. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long after treatment for dust mites does the rash last? My face and chest broke in a rash, it itches. He said I have been infected by dust mites

How long after treatment for dust mites does the rash last? My face and chest broke in a rash, it itches. He said I have been infected by dust mites

If treated 5to7days: If treated and re exposure is avoided it may take 5to7 days to clear
but further exposure must be avided to prevent recurrence and treated with antihistamines and in severe cases you may need short course of oral steroids. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a Yellow Fly, bottom of foot, it itches, is hard and red. I'm on Immunosuppressants for RA/Fibro. Could my meds prevent healing?

I was bitten by a Yellow Fly, bottom of foot, it itches, is hard and red. I'm on Immunosuppressants for RA/Fibro. Could my meds prevent healing?

Observe: Observe for spreading redness, increased pain or tenderness, or swelling of the foot. These symptoms, if they develop, should be promptly seen by your physician for evaluation and treatment as infection of the bite would then be likely. In view of being somewhat immunocompromised, this is most important. ...Read more

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I hav several small ulcers on the bottom of foreskin of my penis, it itches from time to time, I have burning micturition, what can b the cause? Treatment

I hav several small ulcers on the bottom of foreskin of my penis, it itches from time to time, I have burning micturition, what can b the cause? Treatment

See an MD: Your symptoms sound very suspicious for a sexually transmitted infection, go see your doctor for an exam and a few blood and urine tests. Do not ignore this and hope it goes away, and once you find out the diagnosis, please inform your partner (s). ...Read more

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What kind of treatment I can buy for yeast infection that make it go away. My discharge has clumps in it and my vagina itches me a lot is it yeast infection r something else. Please help me I want to have sex again. But afraid to?

What kind of treatment I can buy for yeast infection that make it go away. My discharge has clumps in it and my vagina itches me a lot is it yeast infection r something else. Please help me I want to have sex again. But afraid to?

Azole drug: Look for an over-the-counter product with active ingredient ending in "azole", e.g. clotrimazole, miconazole, terconazole, and others. All work equally well; you can choose the cheapest. If uncertain, ask a pharmacist. Clumpy discharge with itching often is due to yeast, but not always. If it doesn't clear up in a few days, you'll need to see a doctor or clinic for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My daughter in law just had surgery as a result of an ectopic pregnancy. The cut is healing nicely but there is a light pink fluid coming out ever so often, the cut is clean has no smell and she has no fever. The cut itches a lot though. The fluid is so

My daughter in law just had surgery as a result of an ectopic pregnancy. The cut is healing nicely but there is a light pink fluid coming out ever so often, the cut is clean has no smell and she has no fever. The cut itches a lot though. The fluid is so

It depends: Whether this is normal or a problem depends on several things including how long ago she had the surgery, whether it was laparoscopic or open, and how heavy she is. This could just be a seroma (a collection of tissue fluid) draining or it can be a sign that the incision is breaking down and going to come open. She needs to bring this to the attention of her surgeon to know for sure. Hope this help ...Read more

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Is itching a sign that my sugical wound is healing?

Is itching a sign that my sugical wound is healing?

Often yes: Itching is a common sign of nerve regeneration, including those tiny ones in the skin cut during surgery. Just be on the lookout for unusual redness, blisters, pus or other problem. It could be an allergy or infection. ...Read more

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Have stinging and itching at my anus, are these signs that my anal tear is healing?

Have stinging and itching at my anus, are these signs that my anal tear is healing?

Anal fissure: Stinging and itching are more likely to by sign/symptom of fungal irritation. Okay to use anti-fungal powder. Okay to get evaluated by your doc. You may need an exam under anesthesia to get accurate diagnosis and plan of care. Correct constipation with bowel regimen. Be well. ...Read more

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When it comes 2 infections, wounds, and so on. Is an itching sensation considered a good thing or bad? Iv herd an itching sensation means its healing.

When it comes 2 infections, wounds, and so on. Is an itching sensation considered a good thing or bad? Iv herd an itching sensation means its healing.

In context, it's good: Depending of the situation, if dealing with a soft tissue infection/ ulceration, once the infection is controlled, the itching suggests return to innervation. However, if you are dealing with other diseases, itching may suggest worsening of a condition (e.g shingles, herpes) ...Read more

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I feel pinching and itching at site of healing at minor puncture wound of boils with my home sewing needle. Redness is decreasing. Normal?

I feel pinching and itching at site of healing at minor puncture wound of boils with my home sewing needle. Redness is decreasing. Normal?

Maybe: If the redness is decreasing, it's probably getting better. I wouldn't be surprised if the boil recurs, though. ...Read more

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Every time I have sex I get a vaginal tear. Is itching normal for the healing process?

Every time I have sex I get a vaginal tear. Is itching normal for the healing process?

Itching: Some itching is experienced during repair of a laceration but if itching in the vagina, thick discharge, burning with urination or odor is experienced you should see your OBGYN for an exam to rule out a yeast infection or STI which are common in young women. Consider lubricant and go slower to decrease injury. ...Read more

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Treatment for itching vaginal area?

Evaluation: It's best, at 66, to be seen by a doctor for vaginal itching. Most common reason, of course, would be yeast infection. Other possibilities would be lichen sclerosis or vaginal atrophy, for example. A doctor with an exam, however, can give you the best possible assessment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more