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Iodine For Cuts And Scrapes
Hydrogen Peroxide or Saline Solution with Povidone Iodine is better solution for cut, abrasion and wound?
Iodine: In general for minor cuts and abrasions the use of antiseptic therapy solutions is not warrented. These solutions (especially H2O2 peroxide) cause cell death and impair wound healing. IF a wound requires cleaning, iodine (specifically iodosorb) has been shown to reduce bacterial load. Therefore, povidone is a better choice than H2O2 for wound cleansing. ...Read more
After a scrape 7 days ago, & putting a plaster and betadine/iodine paint, I developed a red, blistering rash. Doc gave betamethasone but its not working?
Possible allergy: Betadine and other iodine-containing topical treatments can be very irritating to the skin, and in some cases can cause tissue damage. An allergic reaction to iodine is also possible. All can take time to calm down, even with a decent topical steroid. I often recommend a simple route by using plain vaseline on a superficial wound to protect while your body does what it does best to heal. ...Read more
Since tincture merthiolate, iodine, or mecreocochrome is not recommended for use anymore, what is a good medication for minor cuts. Thank you, john?
I cut my finger with an old razor blade. Cleaned up immediately with iodine and penicillin. Wound looks healthy but now my elbow hurts.?
Septic joint?: The incident you describe can result in bacteria gaining access to other areas of your body through your cut finger, despite your diligence in cleaning the wound. Joint pain, decreased motion, redness and swelling of the skin can indicate spread of infection from the original site. You should be seen by a physician and may possibly require treatment with extended course of antibiotics. ...Read more
I cut my finger soup can lid this am, taking out trash. Cleaned, iodine, baggage with antibiotic. Not sure when last tetanus shot do I need one now?
Maybe, maybe not: Any wound that opens the skin can allow tetanus spores access to create an infection. A rusty nail is a classic exposure but any cut could be a source. Good cleaning and care can help. If you can't remember receiving a booster within the past 10 years it is a good idea to get one. ...Read more
I've cut my finger while cutting beetroot, I washed my finger with alcohol and put some iodine, shuold I worry of infection now? Pregnant 37 weeks
I have 2nd degree burn on my butt & there's a open cut from a group of small blister (3"x3"). Are povidone iodine/bacitracin ointment good for it?
They aren't bad: You'll want to watch carefully for signs of infection, there are a lot of germs in that area. Gauze covering it is probably one of the most important things. ...Read more
Sat-Oyster cut on foot cleaned w/ peroxide, iodine, bacitracin ointment but signs of infection. Should I go to urgent care or can I wait until tomorro?
The underside of my tongue - the right hand side, has been scraping against two sharp molars. My tongue now has a small cut. How do I treat this?
See a dentist: Have the sharp edges of those molars smoothed down and restored, if necessary. ...Read more
Is it normal to feel a sharp pain when a healing cut on my knee rubs against the fabric or is exposed to pressure? The cut is from falling on the sidewalk and scraping my knee against the rough pavement. Does the pain indicate that my cut is infected
Knee injury: It will be helpful to see the injury to determine if it is infected or not. If the area is red, swollen, painful and warm to touch then that may suggest infection. ...Read more
Infected scrapes: Poor wound cleaning, smoking, suntanning and excessive alcohol use can all cause a depressed immune system and a poor response to healing of a wound. If your husband has none of these habits and is otherwise healthy then I would suggest he get a check-up and insure he has no underlying immune deficiency. ...Read more
Wash, treat, cover: Wash cuts and scrapes with tap water and a liquid soap. Dry the area and apply an antibiotic ointment such as Bacitracin or bacitracin/polymyxin. Cover with a band-aid. Continue this regimen 1-3 times/day until the wound is healing well, usually 1-2 days more minor cuts and 3-5 days for more significant injuries. Note than rubbing alcohol & hydrogen peroxide often prevent adequate wound healing. ...Read more
See below: Wash it with soap and water. If it bled it would be best to use a sterile bandage for a few days. If only a non bleeding abrasion no bandage would be needed. ...Read more
When I was growing up, we just worried about cuts and scrapes. Now it seems my grandkids have friends with all sorts of conditions. Latest one is psoriasis. I've never heard of that.?
Chronic disease: Psoriasis is a chronic recurring autoimmune skin disease with a strong hereditary component. Can appear as large scaly patches affecting only certain parts of the body (ie: elbows, knees, scalp, hands, feet, nails) or the entire body. It can be mild to severe, be triggered by stress or other factors. Can be treated with topicals, oral meds, biologics (injectables), light therapy. ...Read more
When I was growing up, we just worried about cuts and scrapes. Now it seems my grandkids have friends with all sorts of conditions. Latest one is asperger's syndrome. I've never heard of that.?
When I was growing up, we just worried about cuts and scrapes. Now it seems my grandkids have friends with all sorts of conditions. Latest one is chronic bronchitis. I've never heard of that.?
Reduce Risk Factors: Bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchi in the lungs. A prolonged cold with coughing, asthma or cigarette smoke are risk factors. If there is a chronic lung weakness then these infections can become chronic. Antibiotics may be needed, expectorant and inhaler. Prevention would focus on reducing risk factors and strengthening the immune system. ...Read more
Eh?: You mean heal it? Cover with neosporin. ...Read more
CLEAN/COVER: Clean it and cover it with a sterile bandaid or dressing. Keep it clean, dry and covered until it's healed. ...Read more
How does HIV transmit via cut? How fresh does the cut have to be? Will an abrasion be a big enough cut?
HIV Transmission: Only specific fluids (blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk) from an hiv-infected person can transmit hiv. These specific fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the blood-stream (from a needle or syringe) for transmission to possibly occur. ...Read more
Cuts and scrapes seem to heal with the red border and when complete skin that area is red 3 months later the area is brown. Any ideas? Hiv neg btw
When I was growing up, we just worried about cuts and scrapes. Now it seems my grandkids have friends with all sorts of conditions. Latest one is c diff infection. I've never heard of that.?
It's a dirty world: C. Diff is a bacteria can normally live in colon. Can overgrow, make toxin that causes watery diarrhea; might be mild, but can be life threatening severe, with bleeding, bowel perforation, disseminated infection (sepsis), multi organ failure, death. Risk factors: antibiotic use (even short term, and 2 mos ago), hospitalization, nursing home, ibd, preg. Wash ur hands with soap and h2o.Purell n/g. ...Read more
I'm allergic to penicillin. Should I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin for cuts and scrapes?
When I was growing up, we just worried about cuts and scrapes. Now it seems my grandkids have friends with all sorts of conditions. Latest one is kidney cancer. I've never heard of that.?
I got an abrasion/scrape on my ankle bone from a rock. The next morning I have shooting sharp pain and burning. Little sign of infection no swelling?
Myself (30 years) licked by stray dogs on palm, though there was not cut or abrasion on my palm, but I am scared of rabies?
Hi. What is vaginal fissures? And how can it cause break or cut in outer and inner labia? Is it for abrasion or els?
My bf developed a cut/abrasion underneath his glans/head of his penis. He put neosporin and it healed. But last night it opened up again. What to do?
Check it out: Many issues could be causing this. I would have your doc check it out. ...Read more
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