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Doctor insights on: Poor Skin Healing

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Poor Skin Healing (Overview)

Poor skin healing is a symptom in which a person's skin does not heal properly after cuts and scrapes, or after surgery. The skin may take a long time to heal, or it may form a weaker/thinner type of skin or scar. Poor skin healing can be due to poor circulation, diabetes, infections, etc...


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What are the most common causes of poor healing?

What are the most common causes of poor healing?

A variety of things: Poor healing can be due to diet deficiencies (protein, vitamin), diabetes, drugs (corticosteroids, coumadin, (warfarin) chemotherapy) inappropriate treatment (wet to dry, dakin's, continued pressure) bacterial load or biofilm, osteomyelitis, age, disease (infection elsewhere, heart or arterial, metabolic) autoimmune (lupus, psoriasis, pyoderma, . ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Poor Skin Healing (Overview)

Poor skin healing is a symptom in which a person's skin does not heal properly after cuts and scrapes, or after surgery. The skin may take a long time to heal, or it may form a weaker/thinner type of skin or scar. Poor skin healing can be due to poor circulation, diabetes, infections, etc...


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My impetigo sores have turned to actual dark red scabs after application of Mupirocen for 4 days. Does this mean it is healing and new skin is forming?

My impetigo sores have turned to actual dark red scabs after application of Mupirocen for 4 days. Does this mean it is healing and new skin is forming?

Impetigo healing: You can usually tell that impetigo is responding to treatment by the following observations: decreased size of sore, resolution of crusting, lessening of redness, sores healing over and appearing more dry and gradual return of normal skin coloration. ...Read more

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Treating Poor Vision (Checklist)

Try a tablet or ebook reader for reading
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If you have cataracts, have them treated
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I have a boil on my bottom which is the size of a 1p coin (2cm) is this treatable at home? If so what treatment can I use? No red skin around boil.

I have a boil on my bottom which is the size of a 1p coin (2cm) is this treatable at home? If so what treatment can I use? No red skin around boil.

Salt water soaks: You may try salt water soaks but whatever you do, do not try to squeeze or pop it yourself. Take 1 table spoon of salt to a pint (large glass) of warm (not hot) tap water. Soak a wash cloth in it then let it sit on the "boil" for 5-10 minutes 2-3 times each day. This may help. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing the skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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