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Infected cut on my leg to the bone. How can I treat it without seeing a doctor?

Infected cut on my leg to the bone. How can I treat it without seeing a doctor?

Don't do that: If you allow the infection to proceed without physician oversight and appropriate testing and antibiotic treatment you may be facing long term intravenous antibiotic therapy and possible surgery for infections of the bone (osteomyelitis). The few dollars you spend now will be only a fraction of your costs should this develop. Please get treated asap. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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I have a wound on my inner thigh that is hard to cover and is easy to open further. What can I do to help heal it?

I have a  wound on my inner thigh that is hard to cover  and is easy to open further. What can I do to help heal it?

Get help: 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

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I have an abcess on my face from an infected hair. How do I get the head. .So it can start to heal?

I have an abcess on my face from an infected hair. How do I get the head. .So it can start to heal?

Boils treatment: Do not squeeze, wait when the boil starts draining. Wash the area with soap and water, clean with alcohol and apply neosporin otc. Repeat 3-4 times a day until complete healing is achieved. For pain NSAID otc as needed. Rec.: if concerned or running a fever see your pcp. ...Read more

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I have a broken toenail on my big toe. It's not infected . What do I need to use to help with the growth process.

I have a broken toenail on my big toe. It's not infected . What do I need to use to help with the growth process.

Cut it back: Cut the toenail back as far as possible to reduce the risk of it getting caught on something. Then a apply a bandaid to keep pressure on the nail until the broken part grows out and falls off. ...Read more

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How long will it take for herpes to show up, and can it show up on your hand? I have an odd bump on my hand and want to know if it could be herpes..

How long will it take for herpes to show up, and can it show up on your hand? I have an odd bump on my hand and want to know if it could be herpes..

Probably not herpes: Herpes can take years to show up. However, the hand is a rare site for herpes lesions, and a "bump" on the hand probably is something else. Herpes lesions go from red bump to blister to sore to scab to healing over 1-2 weeks. An unchanging "bump" for more than a few days isn't herpes. ...Read more

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I have a abcess on my arm it's actually my 4th one how do I treat it without going to the hospital? And is there anyway I can prevent a abcess?

I have a abcess on my arm it's actually my 4th one how do I treat it without going to the hospital? And is there anyway I can prevent a abcess?

Need for evaluation: Four abscesses suggests some defect in your defense it warrants an investigation. It may be neutrophil function problem, immune deficiency or diabetes. You may try baths to reduce Staphylococcal colonization. however, it is imperative that you be evaluated. You may consult this site for one type of staphylococcus. http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/ ...Read more

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I want to know if it's possible to cause a lot of soft tissue damage to a hip joint from falling on it. What tests should I get done to treat the pain?

I want to know if it's possible to cause a lot of soft tissue damage to a hip joint from falling on it. What tests should I get done to treat the pain?

Get a diagnosis: With persistent pain in the hip after a fall the first step is to be evaluated by a physician. An x-ray to evaluate for fracture would be a good idea. Possibly just a contusion or trochanteric bursitis. Hip pain can also be from a back injury. Not possible to diagnose without evaluation and a work up. ...Read more

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If I have an infected cut on my leg, what is the best way to cure it?

If I have an infected cut on my leg, what is the best way to cure it?

Natural Approach: An alternative to daily soap and water which can be drying or irritating to some wounds and expensive topical or oral antibiotics is to use honey. It has antibacterial properties rivaling some of today's antibiotics and has been used for centuries to heal wounds. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my finger along the joint before the nail...It's soft, will i need to go to a doctor to drain it ?

I have a lump on my finger along the joint before the nail...It's soft, will i need to go to a doctor to drain it ?

Prob ganglion cyst: Often ganglion cyst. Ultrasound exam usually can characterize these lesions.Treatment can often be non-surgical. In many cases, these cysts can simply be observed, especially if they are painless, as they frequently disappear spontaneously. If the cyst becomes painful, limits activity, or is otherwise unacceptable, several treatment options are available.Sometimes aspirate. Exam by doctor confirms. ...Read more

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Can you advise me on going to the doc for my hemorrhoids, will it be a problem if I'm on my period?

Can you advise me on going to the doc for my hemorrhoids, will it be a problem if I'm on my period?

No problem: Unless the hemorrhoids are bleeding there is no problem in addressing the problem either by incision a thrombosed hemorhoid, or rubber banding a well defined prolapsed hemorhoid. If extensive and in need of resection and repair of anal skin one may wait until period is completed which is a matter of days. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a tonsel stone if it is hard to access using a toothpick? Can it hurt me in the long run if I don't get rid of it?

How can I get rid of a tonsel stone if it is hard to access using a toothpick? Can it hurt me in the long run if I don't get rid of it?

Don't use toothpick : Might cause significant bleeding which could be serious so please avoid. Usually they don't cause serious problems. I would usually recommend an ENT opinion about them and where removing the tonsils as a way of getting rid of the tonsolith is required or appropriate - they are often associated with recurrent tonsillitis. I suggest doctor or ENT consult to take things further. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have eczema on my hands or a fungal infection without going to the dr?

How can I tell if I have eczema on my hands or a fungal infection without going to the dr?

Eczyma: eczyma refers to dry patches of skin if these patches get infected it can mimic a fungal infection but generally fungal infections affect the web spaces between the toes and fingers and the lesions look moist and weeping in nature with whitish exudate. In addition eczyma can occur in any part of the body fungal infections love moist areas of the skin ...Read more

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I was hit on my lip by a flying object- a blood vessel broke as a result. How should I treat it in order to get rid of it? Please help!

I was hit on my lip by a flying object- a blood vessel broke as a result. How should I treat it in order to get rid of it? Please help!

Cleanse and ice it.: With any trauma that breaks a blood vessel, the principles of care include: let it bleed a bit because blood is sterile and will actually cleanse; pressure with clean or sterile gauze till bleeding stops; if it is a dirty wound, have it checked (watch for infection--pus, redness, inc swelling; ice it to reduce the swelling. Better yet, duck-:). ...Read more

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I have a blood blister on the underside of my breast that has popped. How long will it take to heal and how can I tell if its infected?

I have a blood blister on the underside of my breast that has popped. How long will it take to heal and how can I tell if its infected?

Cause and effect: You need to identify why the blister developed and eliminate that problem. Then, the keys are to cover and protect the injured area with dressing changes every other day to allow healing. Remember that inflammation (red, hot, swollen and tender) are important parts of healing and do not necessarily mean infection. If the wound is healing, it cannot be infected. If it gets worse, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have an itch on the folds of my legs. I don't know how to treat it to stop it.

I have an itch on the folds of my legs. I don't know how to treat it to stop it.

? Fungus: Most likely fungal. If so, probably itchy. If pain or skin breakdown or sign of infection, needs to be seen. Key is to keep area as dry as possible. Initially use Clotrimazole (lotrimin) 2/day x 10-14 days. See doctor if not improving in 5-7 days though. ...Read more

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I would like to know the treatment for light bruises on my penis? Due to nails of my wife .How to quickheal them.

I would like to know the treatment for light bruises on my penis? Due to nails of my wife .How to quickheal them.

Can't: A bruise there is like a bruise anywhere else--it will take time (likely 7-10 days) to heal / resolve. ...Read more

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Wound Infection (Definition)

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