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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sutures (Definition)

For surgeons, the term suture is used as verb or a noun. A surgeon will suture (stitch-up) an incision with sutures (stiches). For anatomist, a suture is a rigid joint between hard parts. For example, the top of the adult skull has wavy lines running down the middle, and on the sides. These are cranial sutures, and represent where the separate ...Read more


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Is my finger infected or is this a joint/nerve injury? I sliced open my right index finger on left side around/up over my first joint. Dr at the ER was unsure if I had caused nerve damage but gave me 4 sutures. This was 3 days ago and my entire finger I

Is my finger infected or is this a joint/nerve injury? I sliced open my right index finger on left side around/up over my first joint. Dr at the ER was unsure if I had caused nerve damage but gave me 4 sutures. This was 3 days ago and my entire finger I

There: There are a number of structures that can be cut in this area, including the skin, extensor tendon, lateral bands, saggital bands, lumbrical tendon, interosseous tendon, flexor tendon, and collateral ligaments, as well as the digital nerves. A hand surgeon can evaluate each of these structures to determine if there is a functional injury. Nerve lacerations are often best repaired soon after an injury--usually within 1-2 weeks. They can be repaired later, but then are more likely to require something to bridge the gap, such as a synthetic nerve tube. Tendon lacerations are also best repaired quickly.

While infections can occur, usually you would have increasing pain, redness, and drainage. ...Read more

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Circumcision done 11 days ago. Area infected. Dr gave me Mupirocin 2% and Amx-Clv875. Surtures dissolved but small wound still open. What can I do?

Circumcision done 11 days ago. Area infected. Dr gave me Mupirocin 2% and Amx-Clv875. Surtures dissolved but small wound still open. What can I do?

If...: If the open wound is tender and/or producing pus despite taking the antibiotics you need to see your doctor ASAP. If it is clean keep using the Mupirocin and oral antibiotics, and give it time. If you are healthy otherwise it should eventually heal and close. ...Read more

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If infected how can it be cured?

If infected how can it be cured?

Unclear: Unable to answer. Please send question again with complete data.? Site of infection.? Duration of infection.? Previous treatments. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of infected stiches?

Redness: Redness around stitches, pain, discharge and occasionally fever. ...Read more

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What to know if my circumcisionis Is infected?

What to know if my circumcisionis Is infected?

The Hose Knows: Same as anything that might get infected: swelling, redness, pain (constant or throbbing), discharge (clear or soupy), bad odor and, in this case, a complete absence of desire to use the member for anything other than as a conduit for urine. It's easily treated with good hygiene and an antibiotic if serious enough. So, let's get that wizzer back into action. Go see the surgeon who did it ASAP. ...Read more

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Wonder if bamboo sheets are possibly infected?

Wonder if bamboo sheets are possibly infected?

You need: To give us a clearer question. Bamboo sheets go on your bed, so do you realli mean infected? ...Read more

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Will gauze stick to sutures?

Will gauze stick to sutures?

Yes, it can.: If there is drainage out of the wound, then gauze will stick to sutures or staples. ...Read more

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Foreskin infected with pain?

Foreskin infected with pain?

Need evaluation: It sounds like you need to be seen by your local doctor for possible medication treatment. I would recommend you see a doctor for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Does hemrroids get infected?

Does hemrroids get infected?

Yes, unusual but: Possible. It is a surgical emergency when this happens. If think you have an infection, you must see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Can a chalazion get infected?

Can a chalazion get infected?

Yes: Cellulitis can result from a chalazion that spreads into adjacent tissues. An oral antibiotic is usually prescribed as well as an I & d of the chalazion. ...Read more

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Can I be re-infected with mono?

Can I be re-infected with mono?

Mononucleosis: Usaly you get a relapse of symptoms with or without complications. ...Read more

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Can sutures be left in too long?

Can sutures be left in too long?

Yes: That is possible. Sometimes skin can grow over them. ...Read more

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How to get an infected appendix?

How to get an infected appendix?

Obstruction: Appendicitis is caused by obstruction of the appendiceal lumen. Obstruction is believed to cause an increase in pressure within the lumen. Such an increase is related to continuous secretion of fluids and mucus from the mucosa and stagnation of this material. At the same time, intestinal bacteria within the appendix multiply ...Read more

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Can the gallbladder get infected?

Can the gallbladder get infected?

Yes: Most inflammation of the gallbladder is not caused by infection, but by a curious process involving stones and the chemistry of bile itself. ...Read more

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How can my blood become infected?

How can my blood become infected?

Infections elsewhere: Infection in any body part, when untreated or caused by a strong bacteria can enter the bloodstream. ...Read more

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How can I treat an infected wound?

How can I treat an infected wound?

Basic care: 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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Can I be re-infected with syphilis?

Can I be re-infected with syphilis?

Yes: You can be infected with syphillus, cured and re-infected, every time you have sexual contact with an infected partner. You will never gain immunity to this this germ like you might with chickenpox or measles. ...Read more

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Can I get infected with a nematode?

Can I get infected with a nematode?

You bet you can!: Some even cause cancer! http://bit. Ly/ncqkbf

read here http://1.Usa. Gov/ncqgyz and here http://1.Usa. Gov/ncqtee. ...Read more

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How can I heal an infected piercing?

How can I heal an infected piercing?

Infected piercing: Check for signs of infection to include: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping the piercing in place unless directed by your doctor (if removed – the drainage tract will close up with increased chance for abscess formation). Apply antibiotic to the piercing site twice a day. All your physician for medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I heal an infected hangnail?

How can I heal an infected hangnail?

A Paronychia:
is an infection that runs up the edge of a nail. The nail can be soaked with 50/50 warm water & antibacterial soap 3 to 4 x /day. If an abscess forms your physician may need to do an incision & drainage. ...Read more

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How do I know if a cyst is infected?

How do I know if a cyst is infected?

Red, painful: An infected cyst will be same as any closed info tion redness, swollen, and painful to touch. Treatmen is incision and drainage to remove pus. Cyst wall may need to be removed later after infection resolves. ...Read more

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Wht does an infected cyst look like?

Wht does an infected cyst look like?

See answer: May be getting bigger, redder, swollen, possibly about to burst, more painful, may be hot/warm to touch. ...Read more

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How can I treat an infected piercing?

How can I treat an infected piercing?

See below: 1. Remove the piercing
2. Clean the area with soap, water, and rubbing alcohol
3. Dry the area gently
4. Cover it
5. No need for antibiotic creams
6. If not improving in 24-36 hrs, see your doctor for evaluation and antibiotics. ...Read more

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How can I treat an infected hangnail?

A Paronychia: Is an infection that runs up the edge of a nail. The nail can be soaked with 50/50 warm water & antibacterial soap 3 to 4 x /day. If an abscess forms your physician may need to do an incision & drainage. ...Read more

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Could hairs in my wound get infected?

Could hairs in my wound get infected?

The hairs: Won't be infected, but could affect the wound. Best to keep hair out of a wound but if it is there it doesn't guarantee the wound will become infected. ...Read more

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How to know if a sunburn is infected?

How to know if a sunburn is infected?

Yellow scabs: If the sunburns have yellow scabs, yellow discharge, fever or extreme redness with pain on touching it indicates infection. ...Read more

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What can I do for an infected piercing?

What can I do for an infected piercing?

See Your Doctor: Keep it clean, wash with soap and water, use antibacterial cream, warm moist compresses several times a day, etc.

However, you may need to be on antibiotics if it does start improving with in a day or two. (sooner if it starts looking worse.). ...Read more

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How can you tell if a cyst is infected?

How can you tell if a cyst is infected?

Medical evaluation.: It may becoming to a head or may be oozing pus. Red, enlarged, warm, tender. If your cyst appears infected than please obtain medical evaluation. ...Read more