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How can you make an open wound heal faster?

How can you make an open wound heal faster?

help healing: The trick is to minimize things that slow down healing. Keeping the wound covered with using protective dressing changes every other day is a start. Minimize trauma to the area and keep it at rest. Avoid using things that slow down healing like peroxide, alcohol, and betadine and medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). These are general rules that will help heal any wound anywhere. ...Read more

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How does an open wound heal and is there anything to speed the process?

How does an open wound heal and is there anything to speed the process?

Superfast healing: 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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How long does it take for an open wound to heal on face?

How long does it take for an open wound to heal on face?

Rapid Healing: 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 got a boil on my penis, the boil is gone now but it left an open wound that won't heal. Pls help?

I got a boil on my penis, the boil is gone now but it left an open wound that won't heal. Pls help?

Bacteria: Although the boil has healed the open wound is probably still colonized with bacteria and this is inhibiting wound healing. Could also be a herpetic lesion so you need to follow up at a wound center, or with your pcp or dermatologist. ...Read more

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My dr put sodium on an open wound that will not heal. What does that do?

My dr put sodium on an open wound that will not heal. What does that do?

Not sure: He may have cleaned the area with sodium chloride. A salt solution. Wash with plain old soap and water. Cover with antibiotic ointment. Cover with a secondary dressing. ...Read more

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Good of the counter medicine for open wounds to help it heal faster.

Good of the counter medicine for open wounds to help it heal faster.

Vit C and nutrition: The best therapy to improve wound healing is my optimizing your nutrition. This means eating healthy with good protein levels, including supplements with something like ensure if required. Additionally, vitamin supplementation including vitamin c can also help. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter treatment medicine that heals open wound faster?

What is the best over-the-counter treatment medicine that heals open wound faster?

Wound healing: Moist wound healing is crucial for the proper environment to heal most wounds. Therefore, if you don't have a allergy and your wound is not suboptimal (dirty, contaminated, has foreign bodies, too large to heal, or you have poor wound healing conditions like heart disease, venous insufficiency, or diabetes)- simple things such as Bacitracin would be sufficient. See your md for more details. ...Read more

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How can you get better circulation to your feet when you have an open wound that won't heal (diabetes)?

How can you get better circulation to your feet when you have an open wound that won't heal (diabetes)?

Vascular evaluation.: Have your circulation evaluated. If it is compromised you may benefit by seeing a vascular doctor who may be able to restore more blood flow to your foot. ...Read more

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Do you think this is or has a high chance of being basal cell carcinoma? . I've had these sores on my lower abdomen & side of stomach since august 2011. Most of them look like open wounds that just never heal up. A couple of them are on my side & look m

Do you think this is or has a high chance of being basal cell carcinoma? . I've had these sores on my lower abdomen & side of stomach since august 2011. Most of them look like open wounds that just never heal up. A couple of them are on my side & look m

The: The information you provided is already enough to raise a red flag. Any area of skin which appears as an open wound and never heals up raises the possibility of skin cancer and should be looked at. I understand your financial concerns, but seeing an appropriate physician (dermatologist would be a good start) for a biopsy is the best advice I can offer you. ...Read more

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How do I heal a open wound?

Superfast healing: The trick is to avoid things that slow down healing. Keep the wound covered and away from open air, avoid toxic substances like peroxide, alcohol, and betadine. Avoid anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin and advil (ibuprofen) as inflammation is important in healing. Protect the wound from stress and trauma. Dressing changes every other to every third day to allow your will and to do its thing. ...Read more

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If your body is healthy, how long does it typically take for an open wound (a deep hole) from an abscess to heal and close?

If your body is healthy, how long does it typically take for an open wound (a deep hole) from an abscess to heal and close?

Simple answer is: Weeks with the right treatment. Can take months depending on size, location, etiology, treatment, and associated co-morbid conditions ie diabetes, vascular dz etc. Complete healing with remodeling can take a year. ...Read more

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How might you heal a open wound on the back of your leg?

How might you heal a open wound on the back of your leg?

What's the cause?: 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 and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal? Is it a permanent open wound?

What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal? Is it a permanent open wound?

Bone infection: If wounds do not heal there is an increased risk of serious wound infection of soft tissues, gangrene, and bone, osteomyelitis. ...Read more

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I have an open wound on my face and it started to turn into a scab but got ripped off. Will Neosporin help this heal fast?

I have an open wound on my face and it started to turn into a scab but got ripped off. Will Neosporin help this heal fast?

NO: Throw it away. Vaseline or Aquaphor is better. Neosporin, bacitracin, triple antibiotic are all the same aminoglycocide antibiotics. They are not useful for application to skin. They fail to treat or prevent infections. They are common sensitizers, causing allergic reactions and interfering with wound healing. Also avoid peroxide, alcohol, and iodine on wounds.Water is good. Lubricating is good. ...Read more

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I have open wound under my armpit from abscess. It already pop. What to use to help heal wound cause it doesn't look like it's healing completely?

I have open wound under my armpit from abscess. It already pop. What to use to help heal wound cause it doesn't look like it's healing completely?

Heat pack: Moist heat pack and keeping wound clean and out of water can help speed the process along. If it is not progressing over next few weeks should see someone. ...Read more

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How to change open wound dressings?

How to change open wound dressings?

Clean dressing chang: Wound dressings have to be changed in a clean environment (hands washed with soap and water or disinfectant) If the dressing got stuck to the wound, using sterile water or saline solution can aid in minimizing pain. Once the dressing has been removed the wound has to be cleaned and dressed again. The dressing should be chosen based on the amount of drainage: Absorptive vs moisture donating. ...Read more

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What is the best way to clean an open wound?

What is the best way to clean an open wound?

Depends on setting: This all depends on your setting. At home, copious amounts of clean water flushed through or past or over the wound is best. Do not use toxic agents such as hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, bleach or acetic acid. ...Read more

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What is the white gooey stuff on an open wound?

What is the white gooey stuff on an open wound?

Several things...: It may be slough, which is white blood cells and debris in the wound. It may be exudate, it may be pus, it may be left over wound medication. You need to have the wound looked at to determine what the white "gooey" stuff is. ...Read more

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What can you do to dry out an open wound faster?

What can you do to dry out an open wound faster?

Don't want to: Wounds heal faster when kept moist and covered. Drying them out and allowing a scab to form impedes wound healing. ...Read more

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I need some tips on dressing my minor open wound?

I need some tips on dressing my minor open wound?

See beow: If no infection then clean with warm soapy water, apply topical antiseptic, wit gauze over the area and fix with a large bandaid or compression wrap. ...Read more

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What happens if not treated maggots in a open wound?

Wound needs eval: Maggots usually not the problem, but a remedy, attracted by dead, infected wound tissue. Most such maggots will dissolve and feed on that tissue, which helps clean the wound. But, if wound was "bad enough" to attract the flies (which deposited the maggots), then dead, infected tissue may still remain even after the maggots have left, so the wound must be evaluated and possibly cleaned even more. ...Read more

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Can you please explain the gooey white stuff inside my open wound?

Can you please explain the gooey white stuff inside my open wound?

Self protection: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling).This is the body increasing blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. It also tries to cover the wound to protect it from further injury. The white stuff (fibrin) is used to create a protective cover for the wound as it heals. ...Read more

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