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How Long Cut Wound Heal
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
Depends: On the severity of the wound. With the right wound care soap water antibiotic ointment covered with a dressing, the wound shld heel within days to weeks. If things aren't progressing well or there is increased pain erythema etc, see your doctor. Check your tetanus status. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Most wound healing is determined by a whole bunch of factors. Typically, they type of surgery, how big the incisions are, if ere was infection at all, other. Heinie diseases like diabetes and your age (along with several other factors) determine the average length of time. Expect at least two weeks for basic healing and six to eight for more complete wound healing. ...Read more
Rest, don't pick.: How long a cut takes to heal depends on where it is on your body, and how deep it is. If it is in an area of movement, like over a joint or is widened when you use the muscles under it, then movement will keep it from coming together. Clean it with mild half strength soap, and cover with Bacitracin twice a day. Don't pick. Avoid moving the affected part ( a splint may be required). ...Read more
Scars are permanent: Are you talking about the marks left in the skin where the sutures were placed? If so it depends on how long the stitches were left in place. The earlier they can safely be removed the more likely they are to fade away. The scar from the cut and stitch marks from sutures may be permanent but you can help improve appearance by avoiding sun, massaging scar and using topical silicone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on…: Size & depth of wound, amount of internal damage, location of wound, whether blood supply to area was compromised, individual healing patterns, presence of comorbid conditions like diabetes, infection. Surgeon that treated wound should be best source for healing time estimate. ...Read more
6 weeks: This is not the final answer. The skin reaches about 60% of its strength in 6 to 8 weeks, it takes a year to be fully healed . The bones are stable in 6 weeks but the cartilage and the swelling may take months to resolve. The extent of the surgery also determines how long the healing process will take. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Wound healing : Wound healing is a process occurring over a period of 8 months to a year. For optimal healing (strength of at least 75% of original wound) it takes up to 8 months. For normal healing and normal activities- 6 weeks is safest. If you had a ruptured appendix requiring the wound to be left open- it may take 6-8 weeks to granulate. Your surgeon may also elect to secondarily close after 2 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Superfast healing: The trick is to avoid things that slow down healing. Keep the wound covered and away from open air, avoid toxic substances like peroxide, alcohol, and betadine. Avoid anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin and advil (ibuprofen) as inflammation is important in healing. Protect the wound from stress and trauma. Dressing changes every other to every third day to allow your will and to do its thing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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