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Scars (Overview)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, abrasion, crush injury, etc


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I am on pr on vacation and have literally been eaten alive how do I stop the itch before I am scarred up?

I am on pr on vacation and have literally been eaten alive how do I stop the itch before I am scarred up?

Anti itch medication: I am not sure exactly where pr is, perhaps puerto rico? Nonetheless, oral antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, zyrtec, or Claritin can help with the itch. Hydrocortisone cream, cool compresses, and sometimes domeboro's soaks help too. To prevent further bites, and diseases such as dengue (common in the tropics) and malaria use 30% deet or 20% picardin according to package directions. ...Read more

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Scars (Overview)

A scar a condition in which an injury (a cut, abrasion, crush injury, etc


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Cutting soothes me. I don't want my body to be scarred to shreds, so how do I stop?

Cutting soothes me. I don't want my body to be scarred to shreds, so how do I stop?

Why do you cut?: Don't know the specific reasons that you cut. Someone who feels empty inside may cut to feel "something". Someone who is hurting emotionally may cut so that the physical pain will distract them. Some cut to punish themselves. One may cut in the belief that they will let out negativity or evil. Regardless of why you use cutting to cope it is unhealthy. Please obtain professional mental health care. ...Read more

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Treating Scarring (Tip)

Treating Scarring

Please don't touch the scar multiple time, it might grow bigger. ...See more

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Treating Scarring (Checklist)

If you smoke, stop. Smoking prevents healthy skin from healing
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See a dermatologist to see what options are available
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Find out if you're a candidate for cosmetic scar treatments
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What to do if I am feeling scarred by my childhood?

What to do if I am feeling scarred by my childhood?

Scarred: It is best that you speak to a psychotherapist or psychiatrise to help you resolve yourproblems ...Read more

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What happens if you get a scar revison, but you smoke a lot?

What happens if you get a scar revison, but you smoke a lot?

Wound Healing: Compared with nonsmokers, smokers have a higher incidence of unsatisfactory healing after face-lift surgery, as well as a greater degree of complications following breast surgery. Smokers should be advised to stop smoking prior to elective surgery or when recovering from wounds resulting from trauma, disease, or emergent surgery. ...Read more

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Treating Scarring (Tip)

Treating Scarring

Do seek professional help and know that help is available . You don't have to live with scars. ...See more

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What is involved in revising a scar?

What is involved in revising a scar?

Excision: Scar revision usually involves excising the scar and re-closing the area in layers. Deep sutures are typically used to provide dermal support which minimizes scarring. Also, depending on the location and orientation of the scar, the surgeon may decide to perform local tissue rearrangement (such as a z-plasty) to better conceal a scar. Post-operative scar management is also important. ...Read more

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Why do scars get darker?

Why do scars get darker?

Multiple factors: Scars can get darker in people following a recent surgery or injury and a/ unprotected exposure to sun. B/ hormonal imbalance in some patients due to disease or side effect of medication. C/ darker skinned people - fitzpatrick skin types 5 & 6 and sometimes 4. D/ infections/chronic irritation of site can also induce darker scars to form. ...Read more

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Treating Scarring (Tip)

Treating Scarring

Ask about keloid and hypertrophied scar they may need treated in chronic scarring. ...See more

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