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Scratch on nose scab hasn't healed in 2 years?

Scratch on nose scab hasn't healed in 2 years?

Skin cancer!: Until proven otherwise any wound which won't heal within a week or two is very suspicious for a skin cancer. Especially if it is enlarging with time, get it checked out asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

A highly contagious skin infection from streptococcus (strep) or staphylococcus (staph) bacteria, causing open skin sores that may ...Read more


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Tonsilitis fever broke out, still contagious?

Tonsilitis fever broke out, still contagious?

That depends on the: Cause. If you have strep throat you will be contagious until you have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours and for up to 3 weeks if you are not treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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4/22/15 revision of MOM hip. 5/6/15 incised drain pustule 6" from incision, Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate). 5/12 dislocation. 5/18 told it was MRSA, bactrum. Is this OK?

Mrsa skin infection: Looks like mom has MRSA skin infection which requires contact isolation and oral/iv antibiotic depends on culture report. The patient needs to be on contact isolation/private room until infection is cleared and need to apply bactroban (mupirocin) ointment daily on both nares for mrsa eradication. Mrsa infection could be deadly, so always remember frequent hand wash. ...Read more

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Blisters on heels ripped off, skin raw. Been using antibiotic ointment but "new" skin is yellow & has pus. Red around edges. Infected? Urgent care?

Blisters on heels ripped off, skin raw. Been using antibiotic ointment but "new" skin is yellow & has pus. Red around edges. Infected?  Urgent care?

As long as it's open: & not anymore than an uncovered blister, it will heal. Keep it clean, wash (scrub) it 3-4 times a day. That will get the crud off the top, may not feel good but unroofing it is good. Then if available to you cover with Silvadine cream, if not an antibiotic ointment. You want to keep it clean & not let it crust over. Keeping it covered with a band aid will keep it moist. ...Read more

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5 cases chickenpox @ 7 mo. Baby's daycare. Should we yank from daycare until the incubation period ends so she doesn't keep getting exposed?

5 cases chickenpox @ 7 mo. Baby's daycare. Should we yank from daycare until the incubation period ends so she doesn't keep getting exposed?

Probably too late: The difficult thing about controlling chickenpox is its contageous period. Kids are often most contagious 1-2 days before they break out & may have no other symptoms. You may get lucky & avoid it, but 10-21 days after first true exposure your infant may or may not develop the illness. ...Read more

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Baby's eczema spot became open wound as she was able to scrape the crust. 5 days of mupirocin made it worse, stopped and using polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) now.is it ok?

Baby's eczema spot became open wound as she was able to scrape the crust. 5 days of mupirocin made it worse, stopped and using polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) now.is it ok?

Very frustrating: It's very hard to keep a baby or anyone else for that matter from continually scratching. Try socks on the hands during sleep but they usually come off anyway. Keep fingernails short and clean. Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) is fine. Occasionally oral antibiotics are required. Here's a secret: Moisturize, Moisturize , Moisturize and when you are done Moisturize some more. This is what will control the itching ...Read more

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Sacral herpes - just as contagious ?

Sacral herpes  - just as contagious ?

YES: If the person takes 1 valacyclovir or acyclovir a day she will be less cantagious but not complete protection. This med can also be used at onset of any attack to make it less severe. Herpes virus will be present on the skin sometimes when there are no symptoms. ...Read more

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Bit by cat on hand,went 2 urgentcare next day.On antibiotics&got tetanus shot.Hand swollen&VERY painful,hard 2 open hand or make fist.how long 2 heal?

Bit by cat on hand,went 2 urgentcare next day.On antibiotics&got tetanus shot.Hand swollen&VERY painful,hard 2 open hand or make fist.how long 2 heal?

Weeks.: Unfortunatley, infected cat bites can take weeks to heal, even with proper antibiotics. Which antibiotics were you given? Hopefully not penicillin or 1 from the macrolide ("-mycin") class, as a common organism in cat bites is the bacteria called Pasteurella Multocida which requires Amoxicillin or Augmentin or a Quinolone (-"floxacin") for treatment. Ice reduces the swelling. Good luck, continue o ...Read more

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2 mo. post op pilonidal cyst. Wound has not fully healed. There is yellow fluid inside wound, redness around site, and burning pain. Infection? Rash?

2 mo. post op pilonidal cyst. Wound has not fully healed. There is yellow fluid inside wound, redness around site, and burning pain. Infection? Rash?

Possibly: Only a visual inspection with cultures will reveal the true nature of what's going on but my money would be on an infectious entity with what you're saying. Get an appointment back with the doctor who did the surgery and see how he/she wants to approach things. ...Read more

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Recvd bite 2 months ago, thought spider, painful, one hole, red around, heals with scab, puss under scab pushes scab off, process repeats. ?

Recvd bite 2 months ago, thought spider, painful, one hole, red around, heals with scab, puss under scab pushes scab off, process repeats. ?

Scab: There is an ulceration under the scab from the bite which may well have been from a spider. This ulceration will heal very slowly and fills in gradually from below the scab. Apply warm soaks,pat dry and apply antibacterial ointment like neosporin daily. See your physician if continuing purulent drainage occurs or increasing redness develops. ...Read more

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3rd metatarsal stress fracture- 19 weeks boot, crutches. Sore, swollen- not healed but exuberant callus. Will it heal with boot or try other options?

3rd metatarsal stress fracture- 19 weeks boot, crutches. Sore, swollen- not healed but exuberant callus. Will it heal with boot or try other options?

Don't Move.: One very real cause of the "exuberant callus" is lack of, or less than, adequate stability of the fracture site. The movement must be neutralized and use of bone stimulator considered. When all else fails, surgerize. ...Read more

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Infection on an open wound. Staph?

Infection on an open wound. Staph?

Have to culture: An infection arises when bacteria (most often) or fungus overwhelm the body's ability to control it. An open wound is not always infected but can be holding bacteria (colonized). The organism is identified through deep culture of the wound ...Read more

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Will 3rd met. nonunion heal, strengthen putting more weight on it? Nonunion after ORIF for previous nonunion- fracture margins, callus still apparent.

Will 3rd met. nonunion heal, strengthen putting more weight on it? Nonunion after ORIF for previous nonunion- fracture margins, callus still apparent.

No: There are some long bones such as the femur, for example, that compression through weight bearing can help it heal quicker. The metatarsal bone, because it is oriented more parallel to the floor, is not like that. Which is not to say that all metatarsal fractures have to be strictly non weight bearing, but rather that weight bearing alone rarely makes them heal faster. ...Read more

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Boil on toe,clear jelly like pus. Treated with antibiotic ointment. boil dry up but grow again in 2 weeks.

Boil on toe,clear jelly like pus. Treated with antibiotic ointment. boil dry up but grow again in 2 weeks.

Abcess: likely should have it lanced to drain it , soak in warm water at home with epsom salt , if breaks open great will heal , if recurs get culture of it if have insurance or if red , pus, swollen get antibiotics,'keflex and bactrim[covers mrsa] ...Read more