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How To Heal A Burn Scar
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
Semantics : A scar is the healed result of a wound. Third degree burns extend completely through all layers of skin and usually result in early removal of the burned tissue and skin grafting from another area. However the burn could have been left to heal as a scar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It will improve: Scars are permanent but almost all fade with time. Protect the scars from sunlight while there is any pink left in them; they will burn easily and, if tanned, may be tanned permanently. I would not expect the scar to assume its final form for 12-18 months. The younger you are, the longer it will take. Do not rush into scar revision. See a surgeon certified by the am. Bd. Of plas. Surg. If question ...Read more
1 week: Normal healing process is approximately 7 days. If there is factors preventing normal healing then healing process will be delayed if wound remains open after 3 weeks this is considered chronic non healing ulcer. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: The scar itself is waterproof in 2 days but most surgeons don't recommend swimming or soaking in water for 2 weeks. Scar maturation however ( the process from injury to well healed and normal scar) can take 12-18 months. Sometimes longer. Most obstetricians like patients to wait 6 weeks before heavy lifting or strenuous activity. My abdominoplasty patients are given the same restrictions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wound Care: Stop bleeding by applying pressure. Rinse wound w clean water. Clean surrounding skin w soap & water on wash cloth. Remove debris w tweezers. If material remains in wound – seek medical care. Apply antibiotic ointment. Initially cover w bandage until some healing has occurred. Change bandage when soiled/ wet or at least daily. Need tetanus shot if you haven't had one in last 10 years, don't know ...Read more
How long can a wound scar take to heal how many months and what's best treatment for healing scars?
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
Heal or improve?: I am guessing you mean improve and not heal. Scars only result after the donor / recipient sites have healed. I am a big proponent of scar massage for the improvement of all scars, including those resulting from skin grafting. What you put on your hand before you do the massage (cocoa butter, vitamin e, mederma) is not as important as vigorous massage, twice a day. Further surgery can also help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several ways: The keloid scar can be treated in several ways. Of course the risk of developing another keloid scar is always present. The physician can inject steroid into the belly of the scar shrinking it of the scar can be surgically removes and the skin cosmetically closed, This may create another keloid but hopefully not. ...Read more
Toothpaste burn: Toothpaste can harm seen, sometimes to the point of leaving a scar. Toothpaste should never be used anywhere except in the mouth, just like you wouldn't use skin cream to brush your teeth. Please see a Dermatologist, a skin doctor, ASAP to help prevent permanent scarring. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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