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Doctor insights on: How Long Scab Lip Stitches Go Away

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I fell off my bike and bit my lip no stitches and was put on penicillin just in case. 3 days later it is white w/yellow scabs is this normal healing?

I fell off my bike and bit my lip no stitches and was put on penicillin just in case. 3 days later it is white w/yellow scabs is this normal healing?

Lip trauma: This sounds like normal healing. There will be some swelling and scabs as the lip heals that will last about a week. Follow up with your doctor if you have any concerns about healing. ...Read more

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I know im not supposed to but when little pressure is applied to huge scab on my head clear fluid comes out and the scabs have now formed from stitche

I know im not supposed to but when little pressure is applied to huge scab on my head clear fluid comes out and the scabs have now formed from stitche

Serous fluid: If the fluid is clear, it's just serous fluid - which is normal from swelling after a trauma. If the fluid comes out cloudy/milky (ie pus) then you should see a doctor as it could be infected. Clear fluid - usually no big deal. ...Read more

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Got stitches on lip 11 days ago. Stitches have been removed but the area is still swollen. Why? Is that normal? How long before swelling goes down?

Normal!: Absolutely normal, swelling is how the body heals and the lip shows swelling more than most places on the body. It can take weeks for most swelling to resolve, months before it is gone. ...Read more

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I had a blister on my top lip the blister went away but now I have an ugly scab how can I make it go away faster?

I had a blister on my top lip the blister went away but now I have an ugly scab how can I make it go away faster?

Cold sore!: It sounds like you had a cold sore. If you start antiviral medicines immediately upon presentation, that should limit how ugly it get. Now it is too late! Time is on your side! ...Read more

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Picked my scabs on my chin and on my upper lip. What do I do to get the pink skin to go away and prevent scarring?

Picked my scabs on my chin and on my upper lip. What do I do to get the pink skin to go away and prevent scarring?

Normal early on: The pink skin this early on in the healing process is absolutely normal. It is the body's way of healing the area where the scabs were. Give it some time, even a few months, for the redness to improve. I would recommend keeping the area moist with an ointment like aquaphor to prevent scarring in the area. Also, if the redness persists, non-invasive pulsed dye laser can remove redness. ...Read more

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I have a deep cut above my upper lip on the outside and inside. No stitches were required. How long will my lip be swollen? Can I clean it with water

Deep lip cut: Whether stitches are 'required' is a matter of surgical opinion. Any deep cut on both the inside and outside of a lip which are in the same area must be assumed to be 'through and through' and therefore must be carefully evaluated--and likely closed with stitches. There is a misconception that 'stitches' are somehow bad and that 'avoidance' of them is best. This is bad reasoning. ...Read more

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I have a scab on my lower lip that won't go away. It was a cold sore. It healed but left a scab that's been there for a year now. I?

I have a scab on my lower lip that won't go away. It was a cold sore. It healed but left a scab that's been there for a year now. I?

This needs: Evaluation. Scabbing from a cold sore should not last any longer than any scab..... A visit to your Primary Care Provider followed by possible Dermatological (SKIN) Consultation is indicated!
BTW It could be you are PREMATURELY REMOVING the scab with your lips or teeth??? If so that might explain the scab's "persistance"!!!!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Got hit in the face with a softball. Teeth broke skin but no stitches were needed. Bruise is gone but when will the knot in my lip go away.

Got hit in the face with a softball. Teeth broke skin but no stitches were needed. Bruise is gone but when will the knot in my lip go away.

Knot in lip: Is the knot hard or soft? If it is soft it may take a little more time. If it is hard it may be a bit of scar tissue (fibroma) and may need to be removed. The procedure is simple, takes half an hour or less and may require one suture. See your dentist or oral surgeon for a consultation. ...Read more

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I got a spit lip 9 weeks ago that needed stitches and now there is a hard lump scar wich makes my lip look fat. Will that soffen and go away in time?

I got a spit lip 9 weeks ago that needed stitches and now there is a hard lump scar wich makes my lip look fat. Will that soffen and go away in time?

Possibly: Scarring can take a while for that to heal. If there is pain or if it does does not look right I would probably see the doctor that did the stitches and if not see a plastic surgeon have a nice day. ...Read more

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I got bit by a dog & had stitches on my upper lip. Needed 2 lidocain injections to numb region. 7hours later, still numb. When should numbness go away?

I got bit by a dog & had stitches on my upper lip. Needed 2 lidocain injections to numb region. 7hours later, still numb. When should numbness go away?

Dog bite: Lidocaine typically wears off within a couple hours deent. The depending on a lot of factors. (+- epinephrine) etc. And sometimes docs will use bupivicaine or ropivicaine which has a longer duration. Still, 7 hours is a bit long for any agent. Its possible the trauma has severed some local nerve branches and you will be numb for weeks/months. The local swelling has to recede before assessment. ...Read more

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My cold sore scab came off on its own over a few days. It left a red bump on my lip is this normal? Will it go away and what should I put on it?

My cold sore scab came off on its own over a few days. It left a red bump on my lip is this normal? Will it go away and what should I put on it?

Normal: This is normal Latoya. A good medication to keep on hand for cold sores is Zovirax (acyclovir) ointment. You will need to get it on prescription from your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore scab above my top lip and it looks horrible! It is so big! Is there ANYWAY to get rid of it or speed the healing process?? Is it true if the cold sore is on skin that it would take 7 DAYS! More longer than a one on your lip? Please help

I have a cold sore scab above my top lip and it looks horrible! It is so big! Is there ANYWAY to get rid of it or speed the healing process?? Is it true if the cold sore is on skin that it would take 7 DAYS! More longer than a one on your lip? Please help

Keep it moist: Once you have reached the scab stage, it just has to resolve on it's own. If you keep it moisturized with ointment, it will soften the scab and heal more quickly.
If you have recurrent cold sores, consider having an antiviral onhand (pills and ointment). If you take or apply antivirals as soon as you begin to get symptoms (itching or burning), you can often abort the full blown cold sore. ...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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I have sore hard lumps around the crown and back of my head. They eventually scab over and sometimes go away while others appear. What causes this?

I have sore hard lumps around the crown and back of my head. They eventually scab over and sometimes go away while others appear. What causes this?

Several options: Without examining you I cannot give you a 100% answer. However, some thoughts are acne keloidalis (sometimes seen with really short haircuts), could also be a form of scalp cellulitis. I would suggest you see a dermatologist who can help clarify the answer and best recommend treatment. ...Read more

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I have a scab on my head that won't go away.?

I have a scab on my head that won't go away.?

Stop picking it: Either stop picking it, or, if u swear up and down ur not, get it taken off! Truth is get it checked out either way. ...Read more

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I have scabs on my bald head that won't go away. How can I make them go away?

I have scabs on my bald head that won't go away. How can I make them go away?

Could be: Also tinea capitis, which is fungal infection of the scalp. If keeping it moist with ointment doesn't help, maybe Clotrimazole topical to can. Best yet, see your doctor for an exam and a treatment plan. It could be simple scabs, fungus or basal cell skin cancer. ...Read more

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I have a soar on top of my head that will not heal it scabs over but does not go away?

I have a soar on top of my head that will not heal it scabs over but does not go away?

Nonhealing Sore: The typical warning symptom for this type of skin cancer is a sore that will not heal and frequently bleeds. Yet, it can take on other forms, like:
flat, scaly patch
oozing, crusty sore,
depression centered bump,
scar looking spot without previous injury
pearly white, waxy bump with tiny blood vessels. ...Read more

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I have a scab (used to be a zit) by the corner of my mouth that won't go away. It's been weeks. How can I speed up the healing process?

I have a scab (used to be a zit) by the corner of my mouth that won't go away. It's been weeks. How can I speed up the healing process?

Mouth scab: It should have healed by now; try an over the counter antibiotic and if that does not help it is time to see your healthcare worker. ...Read more

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How long before I can wash my head wound with 5 stitches?

How long before I can wash my head wound with 5 stitches?

A week: As long as it is clean water you will be fine after a week. The stitches are usually removed after 7-10 days if the wound is healing properly. ...Read more

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I have a cut on my head I had fallen and hit my head. I can pull it open and it's about 2 eights of an inch long, do I need stitches?

I have a cut on my head I had fallen and hit my head. I can pull it open and it's about 2 eights of an inch long, do I need stitches?

Probably not: 2/8=1/4" not very long, and if the 2 borders are close to each other then serous fluid will likely glue the skin back together. I sometimes use superglue or cyanocrylate to to close the small wound. ...Read more