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Open Wound Heal
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
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
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
See doctor: It needs medical attention to figure out why it will not heal. ...Read more
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 have an open wound that doesn't heal. What should I do? I had anal sex with my boyfriend. After several times I noticed I was bleeding and I had a cut in my anus. It has been a month now and the cut (wound) has not heel and it hurts when I have to go t
See a doctor: I'd recommend you see a proctologist to have this evaluated. This is not an atypical story that you are giving here. It can definitely be cared for appropriately and brought to heal appropriately. ...Read more
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
How can you get better circulation to your feet when you have an open wound that won't heal (diabetes)?
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
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
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?
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
I am taking cubicin 500mg intravenous for 6 weeks. The open wound reach the bone. Should I stay on it until it heals completely or can I be taken off?
Stay on it: Open wound to bone means the bone is infected. The standard treatment is antibiotics for 6 wks. ...Read more
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
I have hidradenitis suppurativa. It's caused a deep red open wound that stings when touched. Will this heal quickly? What can I put on it?
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
What do I use to heal an open wound from plantar wart? Corn cushion does not work. Been using it for months. It reopens with pressure.
Plantar wart: I would suggest seeing a podiatrist to be evaluated for the best treatment. ...Read more
I have a small bump on my arm that scabs over but won't fully heal. No open wound or discharge when the scab comes off. Just dry red bump. What is it?
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
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
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
I have a open wound that has been semi open/closed for about 6 months. I'm not sure what to do about it?
6 month open wd??: SEE in person MD to evaluate. Might be something causing the non healing??? ...Read more