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Does bactroban/mupirocin promote healing of wounds? Does it help them heal quicker?

Does bactroban/mupirocin promote healing of wounds? Does it help them heal quicker?

Wound: Bactroban/Mupirocin are topical antibiotics. If the skin is infected then it will help the wound to heal. If no infection is present then Aquaphor ointment applied twice a day is most effective. ...Read more

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Have open gash about 1.5cm long on face. Don't think need stitches. Keep it moist with Vaseline until body heals, or let it dry and scab over quickly?

Have open gash about 1.5cm long on face. Don't think need stitches. Keep it moist with Vaseline until body heals, or let it dry and scab over quickly?

Need more info: How deep is the wound.? How old is the wound? Where is it located? Must keep the wound clean. To minimize visible scarring need to see a doctor to see if it can be closed with fine sutures or surgical glue. If it is more than 24-48 hrs old then may have to allow to close on its own. Keeping it clean is very imporant. ...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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Open sores, will not heal?

Open sores, will not 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

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Do wounds heal faster when they are covered by bandaid?

Do wounds heal faster when they are covered by bandaid?

Covered is best: 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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If surgical glue peeling off to soon, will my wounds still heal normally?

If surgical glue peeling off to soon, will my wounds still heal normally?

Yes: The 'surgical glue' peels off in just a few days. Your wound should still heal ok. It can still get infected. If you have a concern about how your wound looks, or if it does get infected, see your surgeon. ...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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Do wounds heal faster when they are covered with band-aids?

Do wounds heal faster when they are covered with band-aids?

Band aid/minor wound: Wounds respond to cleaning, drainage management. Band aids can cover and protect a small wound and they also comfort children who can be scared with a bleeding skin abrasion. However, band aids also trap moisture and provide an environment for bacterial growth if not changed frequently. In adults band aids are not as useful. ...Read more

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Can I split open an antibiotic pill and use it on my wound will that heal it faster ?

No need: An antibiotic used this way won't heop and might delay healing. Just keep the wound clean. See your doctor if there is pus, spreading redness around the wound, etc. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal internally from open iguinall & femoral surgery?

How long does it take to heal internally from open  iguinall & femoral surgery?

Recovery: Typically have restrictions on lifting, coughing and straining for 6 weeks. However, back to work can be at 2 weeks depending on your post operative course. Check in with your surgeon, go to post op appointment. ...Read more

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Cut on lip will not heal but re-cracks when I smile. What to do?

Cut on lip will not heal but re-cracks when I smile.  What to do?

Possible treatment: If this does not heal with traditional treatments, it could be a sign of herpetic infection, angular stomatitis, actinic chelitis, squamous cell carcinoma and/ or a variety of other etiologies. Treatment requires an accurate diagnosis first. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you put two wounds together, wait until they heal, will the skin connect?

I'm just wondering, if you put two wounds together, wait until they heal, will the skin connect?

Healed is healed: Your question is a bit confusing. Surgeons do occasionally turn two wounds into one if they need to be debrided and are too close together. Plastic surgeons do so to make closure more easy if the two are very close. The term "heal" means they are covered with skin and so, not open anymore. If you mean two wounds far away made to touch/connect this can be done but is a hard way to get them to heal. ...Read more

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1/4" cracked heal. It's not infected, but it hurts. I tried a liquid band aid, but wouldn't hold. Next, hydrogen peroxide & antibiotic cream w/bandaid?

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1/4" cracked heal. It's not infected, but it hurts. I tried a liquid band aid, but wouldn't hold. Next, hydrogen peroxide & antibiotic cream w/bandaid?

Cracked heel: Assuming you are healthy and you have the common simple causes of cracked home care will consist of the following: oil based moisturizer or heel balm, heel cups made of silicon to stop the heel from expanding and keeping moisture in or good closed shoes (at heel) with socks, and keep hydrated. If symptoms persist see your podiatrist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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How does hydrogen peroxide heal cuts and wounds?

How does hydrogen peroxide heal cuts and wounds?

IT DOESN'T: The only real use for peroxide is to help wash stuff out of a dirty wound. It doesn't kill bacteria even as much as a topical antibiotic. It will even damage healing tissue. Does it bubble when "germs" are present? No, it just bubbles. ...Read more

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How do people who cut heal their wounds so fast?

How do people who cut heal their wounds so fast?

Hide the wounds: Superficial wounds are apt to heal more quickly then deeper ones. They often cover their wounds while they are healing to prevent them from being seen by others. It may not be a matter of rapid wound healing - it may be more that they can hide wounds while healing. ...Read more

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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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