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How to heal self-harm cuts fast?

How to heal self-harm cuts fast?

Depends: If superficial, cleaning it and putting on a bandaid or clean dressing usually is ok. If is deep, seeing a doctor, urgent care or hospital is a good idea. MOST IMPORTANT is seeing a mental health professional since this kind of behavior suggests some psychological issues that need to be treated. If someone is suicidal they need to be seen immediately. Call 911 or go to a hospital and get help. ...Read more

Self Harm (Definition)

In brief, it is the action or inaction (failure to take action) that intentionally seeks to cause damage to oneself. Can range from mild physical harm, i.e. Scratching, to the extreme of causing death. An example of inaction would be not taking one's Insulin resulting in ...Read more


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How come my self harm cuts itch day after?

How come my self harm cuts itch day after?

Here is your answer: Lovetoknow - why do wounds itch when they are healing?
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If you've ever felt that irritating urge to scratch a cut...
If you are seeing a psychiatrist or have a family doctor I would recommend that you ask them about the possibility of using hydroxyzine. It is an antihistamine that decreases the urge to inflict self harm and also knocks out itching. It could cure two birds with one stone. Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. ...Read more

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How can someone most easily heal self harm cuts?

How can someone most easily heal self harm cuts?

Simple 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

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What does it mean when a self harm cut turns black?

What does it mean when a self harm cut turns black?

Tissue may be dead: I would encourage you to get medical help. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can be very beneficial for people who self - mutilate. Having your cuts checked would also be prudent. ...Read more

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Where on your body does self-harm cuts feel the best?

Sorry, even if I: Knew the answer to that, it wouldn't be very ethical for me to give a tutorial on how best to harm one's self. If you are a person who self inflicts injuries - please strongly consider getting professional help. Dialectical behavioral therapy is effective. ...Read more

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What are the ways to make new self harm cuts go away quickly?

Dermatologist: You should consult a dermatologist. There are some new preparations available that may improve the appearance of new healing scars. ...Read more

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How to stop a self harm cut from bleeding?

How to stop a self harm cut from bleeding?

Self harm cut: It depends on where you have cut, and how deeply. Superficial cuts will usually stop bleeding if you put pressure on them. If you've cut a blood vessel though, you might need surgical repair. For any self-injury you also need to be careful of infection. Psychologists can help you learn healthier ways to deal with pain than self-harm. ...Read more

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How do I know when a self harm cut is infected?

How do I know when a self harm cut is infected?

Same as any cut: Redness, swelling, yellow discharge or pus. Depends on how clean knife or whatever you used to cut the risk of infection is same as any cut. Make sure you use some bacitracin or other antibiotic ointment More important is the reason for cutting behavior. Therapy and/or medication may help ...Read more

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Self-harm and cut wrists. Will she outgrow this?

Self-harm and cut wrists. Will she outgrow this?

Don't count on it: Those are serious signs of a need for help. Talk to her doctor about the best mental health professional to consult with. ...Read more

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What to do if I self harm and I was wondering how long the razor cuts will take to heal and if they fade?

Razor cuts: Depends on how deep the cuts are, their location, & if they get infected. Kindly get help for your self harm behaviors. ...Read more

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I wrap my (self harm) cuts in gauze sponge & when I unwrap it the gauze sticks & reopens the cuts. Any advice?

I wrap my (self harm) cuts in gauze sponge & when I unwrap it the gauze sticks & reopens the cuts. Any advice?

Use Xeroform Gauze: If you don't have a counselor or therapist about this, get one. You'll learn to redirect those impulses into something more productive or creative (really!) and then feel much better about yourself. Sure, you are a worthless piece of crap, but so am I and every other human stuck here on Earth. So all we can hope is to feel better about ourselves -and- avoid serious infections in the bargain. ...Read more

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What happens if my doctor sees my self harm cuts?

Self harm: Hopefully, your doctor will understand self harm is the best coping skill you have right now, and s/he will follow up by assessing for topical infections then will talk about getting you the psychotherapeutic help that will help you feel, heal emotionally and learn effective, non-harming ways to cope with challenges in life. You deserve this! Life is not just survival, it is about living it! ...Read more

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How to cover up my self harm cuts/scars on my side?

How to cover up my self harm cuts/scars on my side?

See a doctor.: You need to see a psychiatrist ;/or therapist to reduce the urges to cut on yourself. Naltrexone is a med that can decrease the pleasurable sensations in your brain after an injury is made. The best way to help yourself is to stop cutting on yourself ; keep the areas clean ; dry. U may need an assessment to determine the extent of your wounds ; tx for infection if needed. ...Read more

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If I go to a hospital to have my self harm cuts looked at, Would they involuntarily commit me? (The cuts are deep & there's a lot)

If I go to a hospital to have my self harm cuts looked at, Would they involuntarily commit me? (The cuts are deep & there's a lot)

Can't predict.: If you have deep lacerations that require suturing - please don't delay getting medical help. Get medical assistance now! The doctors will probably ask why you cut. Did you cut to kill yourself or for other reasons? Are you currently having thoughts of suicide or has mood improved? Usually many factors go into risk assessment to determine if admission is necessary. Take care. ...Read more

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Self-harm: what depth of self-inflicted cut needs medical attention such as stitches? How do I get such medical attention should I need it?

Self-harm: what depth of self-inflicted cut needs medical attention such as stitches? How do I get such medical attention should I need it?

Need to see PSYCHIAT: You should seek psychiatrist before you do harm to your self
yoy need therapy and treatment for your serious condition asap. ...Read more

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Can you help? Could self harm cuts show up on an MRI scan?

Can you help? Could self harm cuts show up on an MRI scan?

Self harm cuts: Self harm cuts are usually superficial skin cuts. If they are large and deep with significant scaring they might show up on mri. However most are shallow and narrow, which is unlikely to show up on routine mri. ...Read more

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I cut and have self harm scars. Would scar gel help them fade?

I cut and have self harm scars. Would scar gel help them fade?

Need Psychatric Care: The scars might or might not fade but you have to stop harming and cutting yourself, which if not treated and stopped can be dangerous and will give you more and more scars
so consult a psychiatrist/therapist to help you stop selg harm first and deal with scars later
this is my sincere advice, so get help asap. ...Read more

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What would doctors recommend to help with self harm cuts and scars?

Need dermatologist: You should consult a dermatologist who is trained to manage disorders of the skin. ...Read more

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How come Withdrawal reflex do not function in case of people who self harm/cut themselves? I guess it should stop them from causing any serious damage?

How come Withdrawal reflex do not function in case of people who self harm/cut themselves? I guess it should stop them from causing any serious damage?

Overrride the reflex: The withdrawal reflex (like many) can be voluntarily overridden.
Conscious override lets you hold on to hot objects, etc.

People who cut themselves can indeed seriously damage themselves to the point of death or permanent damage.
These people need help so that they can work through these feelings and not cause further harm. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of cuts on my wrist caused by self-harm?

How can I get rid of cuts on my wrist caused by self-harm?

Consider evaluation: By a plastic dermatologist or a surgeon. Take care. Consider Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help with cutting and emotions. ...Read more

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I cut my forearm and it's open and red all round and really tender what should I do? Self harm cut

I cut my forearm and it's open and red all round and really tender what should I do? Self harm cut

See a doctor: Without knowing when this happened or its course thus far or how deep it is, one can't say what is needed. Therefore you need to see a doctor in case some additional treatment is needed, like repair or antibiotics. ...Read more

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Are my self-harm cuts infected? They are a day old, there is redness, bit of swelling, didn't notice puss. Picture: http://i41.Tinypic. Com/90cahj. Jpg

Are my self-harm cuts infected? They are a day old, there is redness, bit of swelling, didn't notice puss. Picture: http://i41.Tinypic. Com/90cahj. Jpg

Unlikely: These do not appear to be infected and only in the process of being inflamed as a result of the damage you have done. The scars suggest you have done this before. You are very seriously mentally ill and in need of urgent help. Please seek psychiatric assistance immediately. ...Read more

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I would do self harm I stopped but have some cuts healing. I have a physical coming up but rather my parents don't know. Does my doc have to report it?

Major Depression: You are a Precious Human Being!
It seems that due to traumatic experiences in life, you have unresolved feelings of sadness hurt, guilt, resentment, frustration, or lack of identity which have led to Depression and self-harm.

You need Emotional Healing.
With the help of a trusted family member, have courage to express your feelings to your parents, and tell them for Therapy by a Psychiatrist ...Read more

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I'm 18 and I self harm (cut) with a blade. Will the scars heal? How do I know not to cut any major vessels? How deep is too deep?

I'm 18 and I self harm (cut) with a blade. Will the scars heal? How do I know not to cut any major vessels? How deep is too deep?

Self -Harm: It would be unethical for physicians to provide you with instructions on how best to harm yourself. Yes - self lacerations often leave permanent scars both physically and emotionally. If you are not in therapy- please consider dialectical behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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What do thoughts of suicide, scratching over old self harm cuts, unreasonable sadness and thinking of school as a stress and anxiety place lead to?

What do thoughts of suicide, scratching over old self harm cuts, unreasonable sadness and thinking of school as a stress and anxiety place lead to?

Needs evaluation: Thoughts of suicide and self harm need immediate evaluation. If suicidal thoughts are present, immediate help is needed and the patient needs to report it to a parent and seek help immediately. Also unreasonable sadness and stress could be signs of depression and anxiety needs evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Are burn scars and cut scars the same? I'm testing bio oil and I'm only doing it on my most recent 3rd degree burn and some self harm scars (keloid)

Are burn scars and cut scars the same? I'm testing bio oil and I'm only doing it on my most recent 3rd degree burn and some self harm scars (keloid)

Save your money: You need professional help. For your injuries. For your self-mutilation. A dermatologist, psychiatrist, psychologist. Meanwhile you can use anything for lubrication of skin. Bio oil is strictly for suckers. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I self harmed on my knee, 3 days later it still hurts but its not the cut?

Self harm, ouch: 1. Get your knee and anywhere else you've cut evaluated by a PCP or ER doc ASAP. Pain my be due to infection! May need medical closure! 2. Seek help for your self injurious behavior! If you are in care, then alarm bells should being going off, and your team shu be arranging more care/hier level of care. If you are not currently in any psychiatric treatment, please begin ASAP! Be well! ...Read more