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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more


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Does silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) make sunburn peel?

Does silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) make sunburn peel?

very helpful: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is an excellent prescription medication that increases the healing and soothig. Your sunburn causes peeling and the medicine will help it. ...Read more

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Small, shallow clean nail puncture, tetanus?

Small, shallow clean nail puncture, tetanus?

If it has been > 10 : Years since your last tetanus shot, or you don't know when it was - then it is time for another shot. Take care. ...Read more

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Neosporin for large wounds that formed puss?

Neosporin for large wounds that formed puss?

Infected wounds: You need to have this wound examined before any advice can be given. ...Read more

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Post surgical wound care, frequency of dressing change?

Post surgical wound care, frequency of dressing change?

Depends: The frequency of wound care depends on the type of surgery, location of wound, size of wound, type of closure, and other information. You should consult your surgeon for their specific instruction . Causes of concern for a wound infection include fevers, pain and redness of area that is worsening, and pus or odor from incision area. ...Read more

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Best antibiotic for wound from rusty nail?

Best antibiotic for wound from rusty nail?

It depends: It depends on the size and depth of the wound. For minor superficial abrasions you may not need any. Some may require an oral antibiotic. For deeper wounds involving the bone you may need IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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Silverex ointment for burns heals scars ?

Silverex ointment for burns heals scars ?

NO: This has no effect on scars. Used on severe burns at the time of injury. Vite is an old one, seen to work the same as vaseline. Many products clamor for your attention to "heal" scars. They want your money. If you have asignificant scar, see a dermatogist has no effect on scars. Used for severe burns. Vit e is an old one long noted to be as effective as vaseline. Lots of things. ...Read more

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Can you use silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for stasis ulcers?

Can you use silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for stasis ulcers?

It is used: Although silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is used for venous ulcers, it is rarely ever necessary. Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) actually increases the risk of infection if you don't change it and reapply it a few times a day. Antibiotic creams and ointments have been shown to have no effect on ulcer healing. The mainstay of treatment for venous ulcers is compression, walking, and treating the underlying reflux that is causing the ulcer. ...Read more

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Cut fingertip with mandolin. Covered the wound with gauze. Twelve hours later, a piece of gauze stuck fast to wound. What danger in leaving gauze?

Cut fingertip with mandolin. Covered the wound with gauze. Twelve hours later, a piece of gauze stuck fast to wound. What danger in leaving gauze?

Soak and remove: Soak and remove it, or it may get trapped in the wound as the skin heals and cause ongoing irritation. If you cannot remove it easily, go to an UC or your doc and they can apply numbing agents and remove it. IF you have not had a tetanus booster in the last 10 years, get one within 72 hours of cutting yourself. ...Read more

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How effective is honey as a wound dressing compared to conventional dressings?

How effective is honey as a wound dressing compared to conventional dressings?

Dressings: As dr bolhack explained, fortunately we now have many choices of dressings for the wounds. People used to order wet to dry dressing!?. But that time is far gone. Honey (called medihoney) which is quite pricey too but it has its own place for some wounds. ...Read more

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What's hydrocolloid dressing, such as duoderm?

What's hydrocolloid dressing, such as duoderm?

Breathable dressing : Direct from the web: a hydrocolloid dressing (trade names include duoderm, granuflex, and 3m tegaderm hydrocolloid) is an opaque dressing. A hydrocolloid dressing is biodegradeable, non breathable and adheres to the skin so no separate taping is needed. ...Read more

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Can i put silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream on small burn with denuded skin?

Can i put silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream on small burn with denuded skin?

Second-degree burns: ... Will heal on their own, given good wound care and good nutrition. Burns on the face should be gooped up with antibiotic ointment several times a day; no dressings are necessary. Burn wounds elsewhere can have antibiotic ointment or silver sulfadiazine (silvadene) applied and then dressed with dressing changes daily in conjunction with a bath/shower. ...Read more

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Could cleaning your wound make the wound heal quicker?

Basic Care: 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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Wet dressing over stitches or regular dry bandaid; which is better?

Wet dressing over stitches or regular dry bandaid; which is better?

Ointment: Apply some ointment (does not necessarily need to be antibiotic ointment) and cover. You don't want it to actually be wet with water. ...Read more

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Can I apply antiseptic spray to a stitched surgical wound?

Can I apply antiseptic spray to a stitched surgical wound?

If you want: There is no need in a clean uninfected wound , but if it is an infected wound then your doctor will tell you how to manage , simple antiseptic is not enough may need additional intervention like drainage, debridement and appropriate antibiotics etc. Speak to your doctor ...Read more