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Does smoking make my wound healed slower?

Does smoking make my wound healed slower?

Yes: Yes yes yes. Many plastic surgeons refuse to do procedures on smokers for this reason. Smoking causes poor blood flow to the wound, as well as other things. Quitting tobacco is one of the best decisions anyone can make. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more


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My wound healed but it is still purple. Is that normal?

My wound healed but it is still purple. Is that normal?

Discolored healing: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation to do so which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. One type is called melanocytes which carry our skin pigment melanin. A healing occurs, these cells get deposited in the area and give it the coloration you see. Over time, there will be some fading as the injury matures. ...Read more

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I had a small cut from a metal. And wound healed completely. Does there is still a chance of tetanus?

I had a small cut from a metal. And wound healed completely. Does there is still a chance of tetanus?

Not from that injury: If the wound has completely healed over then you are in the clear. If your work/life-style puts you at increased risk for dirty wounds, then staying current with your tetanus immunizations is highly recommended. ...Read more

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Doctor's opinion? My wound healed but the colour of my skin is pink?

Doctor's opinion? My wound healed but the colour of my skin is pink?

Normal: Most wound, while they are still metabolically active, will be pink and fade to whitish over the timespan of 6 months to a year. ...Read more

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Boil in inner thigh,treat w warm compress & amox,less pain & redness, no draining of pus bcos wound healed,but ders hard part below the skin,is it ok?

Boil in inner thigh,treat w warm compress & amox,less pain & redness, no draining of pus bcos wound healed,but ders hard part below the skin,is it ok?

Residual infection: The hard, leathery, often darkened skin @ the site of a boil is residual inflammation from the skin infection. The skin should soften over time, but cd leave a scar. I wd say at this point, it's normal. But watch for fevers, more drainage, or worsening symptoms that may mean the infection (boil) is coming back. Also get checked for MRSA & diabetes (which predispose to boils) if this is not 1st one ...Read more

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I had a armpit boil drained leaving a lump. after the wound healed i heard a popping noise.i think it bursted inside. no pain yet, should i be worried?

I had a armpit boil drained leaving a lump. after the wound healed i heard a popping noise.i think it bursted inside. no pain yet, should i be worried?

NO: These incisions heal from the inside out and the "lump" may be scar formation. Look for these following red flags: heat, pain, redness, swelling or fever. If these occur call your physician ASAP. ...Read more