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Skin Abrasion Healing Process
Wounds vary: Localized small wounds can be rinsed with sterile saline and dressed with a topical antibiotic ointment and covered with a sterile dressing. Deeper more involved wounds with extending redness past the immediate margins will likely require a more aggressive approach such as incision and drainage, or debridement, and possible oral antibiotics. Consult with your physician to see what is best for your. ...Read more
Heard that fractional laser treatments help improve skin by removing layers of skin. The healing process restores growth to damaged areas. True?
Different lasers: Fractional lasers may be ablative (remove tissue) or non-ablative (heat tissue). The technology was designed to reduce recovery time and risks of traditional co2 lasers by creating small zones of injury with adjacent tissue to heal the area (like spot welding or pixels). Co2 lasers take 10 days to heal and red lasts 3 months. Ablative fractional takes 3-4 days to heal with 3-4 weeks of redness. ...Read more
Retinoic acid: Retinoic acid can be very helpful but you need an exam by a doctor first. ...Read more
Squeezing Too Hard!!: The yellow fluid is likely serum and yellow color bruising. Sounds like you are injuring your skin in the process of decompressing your black head. Try a warm washcloth to soft the blackhead. If you have many recurrent blackheads, consider seeking a professional for help. ...Read more
Can you reactivate a cold sore by using lipstick, on the 11th day of the healing process where the skin was already flaking?
No: Oral herpes outbreaks generally do not recur so soon; few people have more than 3-4 outbreaks a year, usually fewer. Lipstick is not likely to reactivate an outbreak. ...Read more
Please explain if it is true that picking the pimples in your face can damage your skin and also slows down the healing process?
When you have vitamin C skin peels and your skins falls off, in the healing process can the layer of the skin that has fallen off grow back?
If a rash starts to dry up and peel dead skin, is it in the healing process? Also, it was inflated, now its back to normal, but liquid coming out?
Sounds like healing: For some rashes, the skin peels as it worsens. If yours was red and inflamed and now is not red and inflamed, then I'd suspect its improving. It is important that the draining liquid is clear, which would be expected. Consider keeping it clean, blot dry after washing and then cover. You could add some petroleum to keep bandage from sticking. ...Read more
I've been using Epiduo for a week now, my skin is darker, it's peeling and very dry, is it part of the healing process? And can I apply Sun screen?
Acne therapy: Assuming you are treating acne, you need to learn about epiduo. It is usually drying and irritating at first. You must use a very small amount, avoiding eyelids and lips. Wait 15 minutes or so after washing before application. Use only at bedtime. Many people begin at just twice a week, increasing frequency as the skin becomes more tolerant. Expect to use it for 3 MONTHS to see result, then contin ...Read more
What makes a 10 year old sebaceous cyst form a head and pop and how long does it take to heal? How should I care for it during the healing process?
It will regrow: Seabum is constantly produced from glands at the hair follicle when the outlet is clogged the sebum builds. It may or may not rupture but when it does you should see a doctor. Till then warm soaks keep it clean put on a bandage. If it heals you can be sure it will grow again because the sac that surrounds it is still there as is the cause. Real treatment removes the cyst and the sac ...Read more
I had Cellulitis on my left leg, it is a slow painful healing process. Is it normal for my skin to turn violet on the part where scabbing has peeled?
Pigmentation at the site of inflammation is common and it may take many months for the color to fade. If you are overweight, it would help if you could lose some weight. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Dyed hair and I have blisters filled with puss on scalp just in back of head. Is there a home remedy to speed the healing process? Or what should I do
When to go to Doctor: Your question seems to me to be the very definition of when one needs to see the doctor. The only other wisdom I can impart would be that you probably should not dye your hair if this is how your skin reacts. ...Read more
Sometimes we touch money with dried blood on it, if these blood contain hep c virsue can it transmit? If we have skin cracks on our hands or minor cuts, or cuts with dried blood (healing process). I am doing a big research about hep c so please help.
Unlikely: Dried blood would be unlikely to transmit any viruses - the general rule of hepatitis C transmission is 2% from a needle-stick injury from hepatitis C positive blood. It makes it a very unlikely case of transmission from this casual interaction. You may be aware that there were some cases reported of re-using needles or contaminated inkwells with hepC positive blood. ...Read more
I have a cold sore scab above my top lip and it looks horrible! It is so big! Is there ANYWAY to get rid of it or speed the healing process?? Is it true if the cold sore is on skin that it would take 7 DAYS! More longer than a one on your lip? Please help
Keep it moist:
Once you have reached the scab stage, it just has to resolve on it's own. If you keep it moisturized with ointment, it will soften the scab and heal more quickly.
If you have recurrent cold sores, consider having an antiviral onhand (pills and ointment). If you take or apply antivirals as soon as you begin to get symptoms (itching or burning), you can often abort the full blown cold sore. ...Read more
Is it normal in healing process of fungal infection between breasts, the red itchy rash turns into brown spot? Will it turn into usual skin color?
Generally: With time the skin color may return to normal, but there are instances when, since some of the inflammatory cells take up pigmented damaged tissue, that the area may remain darker than the surrounding area. Ask anyone who has had hematomas (blood collections in tissue), in which the uptake of iron by macrophages results in permanent dark areas. Not in everybody, but some. ...Read more
I masturbated for too long 4 days ago... And I got an abrasion under my penile head. It's been 4 days now and it still hurts and not healing. I don't know what to do...?
Corneal healing: An abrasion of the cornea is like a scratch on the skin, it involves the superficial layers of the cornea surface, the epithelium. Corneal abrasion heal quickly because of the moisture of the eye. These heal much better and faster if there is no infection, therefore treatment of an abrasion consists of antibiotic eye drops. ...Read more
Depends: What are you referring to that needs healing? Skin, bone, tendon? Simple cuts in the skin usually take 10-14 days and simple bone and tendon injuries take at least 6-8 weeks to heal with proper treatment. ...Read more
Yes, it can: Alcohol impairs healing in many ways. Fibroblasts are cells that lay down scar, and alcohol makes them work improperly. Also, those who drink too much alcohol have more chances of infection, which affects healing. In addition, since many heavier drinkers are also smokers, smoking decreases blood flow and greatly increases healing time, and the chances that wounds (and bone) will not heal. ...Read more
Scientific Care: Burns are the response of the tissues to injury from heat. It is an inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Depth determines care. Do not use ice worsens already injured skin. Cool water soaks help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Protect from further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more
No recovery w Essure: Essure is a simple technique to provide permanent birth control that can be done easily in the office in a few minutes under local anesthesia. There is no recovery since no incisions are made. You can resume normal activites when it is over. It has the lowest failure rate of any method. The inserts cause tubal scarring over 3 months effectively sealing the tubes closed without surgery. ...Read more
Not much: You can't really speed up the rate of healing of a tissue, yet there are things that can delay healing, like excessive activity. ...Read more
Vaginal tear: In peri-menopausal years, the vagina loses some of its elasticity and lubrication, and tears in the mucosa can easily occur, during sexual relations or some kinds of exercise. The healing will take 10 days to two weeks, but if sexual relations are resumed, use a lubricant which resembles normal vaginal lubrication and is on the shelf in most drugstores. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the tooth. If the tooth has periodontal disease, it may heal in a few days. A full boney extration will take weeks to months for the bone to fill in. You'll feel much better however in a few days. See an oral surgeon for best results. ...Read more
Depends: There are many factors involved. Why was the tooth extracted, was it a simple or surgical extraction and what is your individual body's capability of healing (diabetics can take longer to heal for example) are just some of the factors involved. ...Read more
See your doctor: This may be a normal amount of clear yellow serous body fluid coming from the surgical site. If there is increasing pain, redness and skin warmth contact your surgeon right away. If you are concerned, please call you surgeon very soon so you can be informed as to what to watch for and what to expect for your own condition. ...Read more