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Open Sores That Won T Heal
Considerations: 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
Hi well I have many open sores in my vagina area and I am on acyclovir but I need advice on how to heal the sores quicker?
Treat the cause: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Dressings and ointments are of no value there. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. You have best tx. ...Read more
Small open sores (0, 5 mm) on upper body, arms, tighs, lower legs. Heals but leaves withe marks. Ezcema?
Probably not: Eczema does not usually cause open sores. You should definitely see your doctor about this. You might have an infection or other issue. Good luck. ...Read more
I have some ingrown hair on private area that has caused open sores that won't go away. I'm on second round of antibotics diff kind. Please help painf?
No real difference: They are essentially the same thing, though the word "open" suggests that the sore may be newer or fresh, and wet with lymph fluid. Both of them are a breakdown of the outer layer of skin, which increases chance of infection. Keep the area clean and dry until it heals. ...Read more
Sores on tongue: A lot depends on duration and description of sores. It may be something simple or it could be something very serious. If they have been there longer than two weeks you really need to see a dentist or an ENT for an evaluation. In the meantime try to avoid acidic foods, salts and keep the mouth clean. ...Read more
I have four open sores and three little bumps in between my butt, what could it be and how can I get them removed?
I have gotten utis along with open sores around the area for years. Recently the sores have gotten worse. What should do as my next step?
Gynecologic exam: This does not sound normal, please review with an expert to find out what is causing this. ...Read more
Decubitus: These are called decubitus ulcers, and they are due to pressure on the skin from constant bedrest. Tell the nursing home personnel to get him out of bed as often as possible, or if that is not feasible, at least turn him from side to side several times per day. He should also have an "egg-crate" foam rubber pad on top of his mattress. ...Read more
No, but it depends.: Herpes simplex virus is generally spread by direct contact, especially mucosa to mucosa. (mucosa is the soft lining of the mouth and gastrointestinal tract, all the down to the anus). If the "kissing" is merely a "cousins kiss" lips to skin, the the risk is low. If, however, it was more of a so called "french kiss, " then the risk is considerably higher, especially if there are open sores. ...Read more
I constantly pick my cuticles to the point of bleeding, open sores, and infection? Why? And how to stop?
This MAY be a form: Of OCD or simply a habit. In either case a clinical psychologist can offer help. If there is OCD diagnosis he/she can treat you for that, if not, you can be taught skills to curb this habit, perhaps w/clinical hypnosis. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Infection?: It is possibly an infection and you should get seen by your doctor to see if this is something that would respond to antibiotics. ...Read more
Shingles: As soon as you are diagnosed with shingles, your doctor probably will start treatment with antiviral medicines. If you begin medicines within the first 3 days of seeing the shingles rash, you have a lower chance of having later problems, such as postherpetic neuralgia. You can use alcohol but it will not treat the shingles ...Read more
PROVEN?: If msra has been the proven organism by culture you would guide treatment by antibiotic sensitivity in the culture as opposed to using a standard drug formula. Also depends on where and severity. Perhaps a simple sulfa drug sometimes combined with a TB drug and sometimes as aggressive as with IV vancomycin. ...Read more
Friction cz's sores: Open wounds are caused be many things including trauma, pressure friction, etc. Napkins and condoms are designed to be used in especially sensitive areas and with "normal use" there should be very few problems. However, vigorous intercourse can cause friction wounds and there are many recorded problems with sores from napkins. The key is to be careful with anything touching sensitive tissues. ...Read more
STD?: A photo is worth a thousand words when it comes to diagnosing skin disorders. Dry patches usually signify eczema in other parts of body but can be assc with yeast in vaginal area. Open sores could be an std like herpes, syphilis, chancre. But could also be a yeast infection that she scratched at. Best is to go to dr and get checked! ...Read more
Skin to skin: You can contract/give herpes even if you use condoms, as it can be spread skin to skin. A primary infection is more likely to be spread easier, however if you have herpes you can spread it at any time (more likely during exacerbation). Antiviral prophylaxis can decrease the likelihood of this happening ...Read more
APHTHOUS STOMATITIS: If im not mistaken your are talking about lesion inside the the mouth or on the tongue, usually I noticed happens days to weeks after an URI, or stressfull situation. Most scientists believe it is an auto immune disease. However treatment varies with severity, exact diagnosis. I usually use multiple modalities imy office of swish and spit of chlorhexadine, rinse 3 times with water, liq prednsilo. ...Read more
Hi. Last night I had my elbows resting on a hard table for hours and woke up with open sores on both elbows. Is this normal? How do I treat?
Normal: Rinse with tap water, Apply vaseline or Aquaphor. Will scab, heal in 1 or 2 weeks. ...Read more
For about 7 days: Oral herpes, hsv-1, can be found on the lips, gums, roof of the mouth, or around the nose. It begins with a tingling, called a prodrome, and tiny blister like vesicles will appear on area. During the vesicular phase it is transmittable, so caution should be used when contacting other people. A few days after, the vesicles will burst and an open sore will scab, then heal in 10 days. ...Read more
Yes: Rough surface can breakdown vaginal lining.Get a more detailed answer ›
Acne: Nipples have fairly large oil glands so can develop blocked pores like blackheads. Open sores sound like the areas are being scratched. A gentle hydrocortisone 1% cream could be tried for the itching. If that resolves, the open sores likely will resolve. There are other possible causes, like impetigo (bacterial infection of skin), Herpes infection, etc. See a Doc if persists. ...Read more
My husband and I both have hsv2 does that mean we can catch HIV from each other if we have open sores that touch we don't have HIV can we catch it?
No: A couple cannot create HIV out of nothing. If neither husband nor wife have it, one or both people would have to catch it from something else or somebody else. It's like a nickel. You can't give it to someone if you don't have a nickel yourself, regardless of how many open sores there are. ...Read more
What if you pour alcohol on your hand and it doesn't burn? Does that mean you don't have any cuts or open sores?
Open sores on my vagina and I recently had a cold but I don't how it can be herpes because I've only had sex with a virgin and it was months ago?
Oral Type 1 herpes?: It's possible that it's not herpes but it's also possible that it's oral type herpes transferred to the genitals with oral sex. It's also possible to transfer yourself (auto-inoculation). This can happen if you have a cold sore on your mouth and use spit to masturbate. An exam would be a good idea to see what is going on. Testing can be done to see if it is herpes or not. ...Read more
Open Sores spreading. Started on wrist then one on leg and but now two more on hand. Started three days ago and wasn't spreading fast until today.
Chicken pox?: Have you have chicken pox? Could be that, versus another viral infection. If pussy discharge see a pediatrician for help. ...Read more