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How To Stop A Zit From Weeping
Natural Process: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more
Find the cause: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more
Keep it clean: Sore implies it is small and superficial wound. Keep it dry and clean. Superficial and small wounds you may apply Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or Neosporin ointment for a few days. However if it is not getting better after few days, such as in Diabetic foot ulcers, MUST be evaluated for debridement of the wound and/or antibiotic treatment. ...Read more
Days to a week or so: Hello! it is normal to have extra discharge, usually snotty/mucoid and tinged with blood, for a couple days up to a couple weeks. If you have excessive fluid, it is very runny and increases with bearing down a CSF leak is a concern and you should notify your physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it true that neosporion clogs pores? I have a healing scab from a pimple and i want to put something on it to help heal.
A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more
The scab from my blisters from shingles is not falling off. Should i be putting something like aquaphor to help it?
Scabs: Let the scabs fall off naturally otherwise you risk the possibility of infection. ...Read more
Local hygiene: There will always be a component of scarring with healing. Wash the area with plain old soap and water. Apply some antibiotic ointment. Cover with dressing. Don't leave open to air. When completely healed. Obtain mederma cream and apply as directed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Leave it alone: You are probably a nasal staphylococcal carrier as are 25% of normal people. If you pull out a nasal hair or use a nasal hair clipper you can get a nasal pimple. Leave it alone or soak with hot water until it resolves. Do not squeeze it or it could get much worse. Consider getting a prescription for bactroban (mupericin) ointment twice a day for 7-10 days to try to decolonize. ...Read more
Good Technique: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving. ...Read more
Borofax: Keep the area moist wit a lip cream like borofax for accelerated healing. ...Read more
The M word: This is normal behavior and can be a form of masturbation or gratification behavior. It's peak is at about 4 years and then it decreases. It is not abnormal. Scolding or threatening the child for the behavior is not appropriate. Redirect or distract the child. If it is happening in public discuss with the child a time frame to end the behavior. If this doesn't help see a child psychologist. ...Read more
I'm recovering from what appears to be a "bed bug cyst" and it wont heal! i've continued to let it drain but it wont go away. What can I do?
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