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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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Wounds (Definition)

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Could cleaning your wound make the wound heal quicker?

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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Does smoking marijuana affect wound healing after 1 month of fistulotomy surgury wounds are still being packed and still have to wear bandages?

Does smoking marijuana affect wound healing after 1 month of fistulotomy surgury wounds are still being packed and still have to wear  bandages?

D/w your surgeon: Marijuana itself has very little effect on wound healing or recovery after surgery. Smoking, however, decreases lung function and can interfere with wound healing. Most experts suggest cessation of smoking for at least four weeks before surgery. Marijuana is illegal and may lead to dependency, mood changes and psychosis. Will not recommend to use Marijuana post surgery. ...Read more

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Wound healing and smoking. Can we smoke at lease three ciggrate per day while wound healing process.?

Wound healing and smoking. Can we smoke at lease three ciggrate per day while wound healing process.?

Not a good idea: Smoking inhibits wound healing at any rate of daily tobacco use. You should stop smoking not only for that, but for the known and unavoidable risk of lung disease that all smokers acquire. ...Read more

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Can alcholol delay healing in pilonidal wound healing?

Can alcholol delay healing in pilonidal wound healing?

Possibly: Large amounts of alcohol can cause nutritional deficiencies or cause liver failure which both can affect normal wound healing. ...Read more

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Does neosporin work for reducing scaring after the wound has been almost healed or completely healed?

Does neosporin work for reducing scaring after the wound has been almost healed or completely healed?

Not directly: Wounds and how they heal is directly related to intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The intrinsic factors that impact healing and scar formation include the depth of the injury (shallow wounds heal with minimal scarring), and your genetics. Extrinsic factors include mostly wound care - wounds that are kept greasy (vaseline) heal way better than those that form scabs and are crusted. ...Read more

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Does smoking marijuana inhibit wound healing?

Does smoking marijuana inhibit wound healing?

Diluting oxygen..: Any smoking dilutes your oxygen intake, making it less beneficial for one to smoke. However, the nicotine is blamed for direct negative effect on healing. ...Read more

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Ok to smoke marijuana vapors while healing from a bruised bone and torn hamstring?

Ok to smoke marijuana vapors while healing from a bruised bone and torn hamstring?

Won't slow healing: Nobody here is going to tell you it's okay to break the law, though this isn't the place to debate the law's wisdom. If this is what you want, use wisely. ...Read more

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Got wounds on knee and ankle . taking ciplox 500 for 5 days . wounds are not healed , should i keep the wounds open or do dressing on it?

Got wounds on knee and ankle . taking ciplox 500 for 5 days . wounds are not healed , should i keep the wounds open or do dressing on it?

Wounds: Apply triple antiobiotic ointment with a dressing daily. Remove the dressing at night to promote healing. Avoid scratching. Followup with your doctor if no better after completion of the antibiotics. ...Read more

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Could coloplast sheets for wound care really heal?

Could coloplast sheets for wound care really heal?

Yes: Yes because it can provide for a moist wound environment and protect the wound from desiccation and trauma. ...Read more

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How to change open wound dressings?

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How to change open wound dressings?

Clean dressing chang: Wound dressings have to be changed in a clean environment (hands washed with soap and water or disinfectant) If the dressing got stuck to the wound, using sterile water or saline solution can aid in minimizing pain. Once the dressing has been removed the wound has to be cleaned and dressed again. The dressing should be chosen based on the amount of drainage: Absorptive vs moisture donating. ...Read more

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Does smoking marijuana affect an injured eye or make it heal faster?

Does smoking marijuana affect an injured eye or make it heal faster?

The benefit for eyes: Is in helping with glaucoma and lowering pressure in the eye. It does not help with healing from injury. ...Read more

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Any advise on increasing healing of a broken femur with rod and screws? Does smoking marijuana slow healing time ?

Any advise on increasing healing of a broken femur with rod and screws? Does smoking marijuana slow healing time ?

Recovery: An open reduction and internal fixation with rod and screws, is the recommended method of treating femur fracture. Smoking nicotine will DELAY healing. Nicotine is a powerful vaso constrictor that chokes off your blood flow. More blood flow is needed for healing. MJ has not been studied to know. Be well. Stay connected to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Does beer make you heal slower?Broken bone

Does beer make you heal slower?Broken bone

It probably depends: on amount and frequency of alcohol consumed. Minimal/moderate amounts may or may not affect healing, but overuse of alcohol can impair healing of organs, various injuries, etc. Professional help is available for alcohol use disorders. Please seek evaluation with mental health, such as psychiatrist/psychologist for assistance with alcohol symptoms. ...Read more

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Might consuming alcohol affect my wound healing?

Might consuming alcohol affect my wound healing?

Amount ?: Wound healing is a complicated process that requires many factors including building blocks (proteins) and fuel (fats and carbohydrates) as well as cofactors (vitamins and minerals). These are interrelated and work together. Poor nutrition means poor healing and poor immune responses. A little alcohol will have little effect. If you consume it at the expense of good nutrition, then healing slows. ...Read more

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Wound from mole excision is infected. Given Keflex. Best to let wound dry out or keep covered with an antibiotic ointment?

Wound from mole excision is infected. Given Keflex.  Best to let wound dry out or keep covered with an antibiotic ointment?

Either OK: Go with what your health care provider says. They have been most closely associated with your condition. ...Read more

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Leps burned by sun, wound does not heal due to saliva. Suggestions ?

Burn medication: Please consult your physician for an Rx for specific burn medication. You can try a very thin ( pea sized drop) of OTC antibiotic ointment until Rx is called in. ...Read more

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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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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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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

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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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There is an abscess that was lanced on the knee w/ gauze packed into it, I was not able to remove it myself b/c the wound healed over. Can I repoen the wound and try to pull it out or do I need to see a doctor?

There is an abscess that was lanced on the knee w/ gauze packed into it, I was not able to remove it myself b/c the wound healed over. Can I repoen the wound and try to pull it out or do I need to see a doctor?

You can try: soaking it to see if the gauze will come out . Don't know how long the knee has been left with the guaze packing. If skin has actually grown over it - it may be best to have your medical provider assess and remove it. ...Read more

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I cut my pinky on top of the last joint on a broken glass 1 week ago - wound healed, but still feels sore. Is it possible that there is nerve damage?

I cut my pinky on top of the last joint on a broken glass 1 week ago - wound healed, but still feels sore. Is it possible that there is nerve damage?

Not likely: If there was nerve damage, i would expect to hear about numbness in the finger on the far side of the wound, i.e. In the finger tip. So it doesn't sound like that's your problem. More likely you have a slightly deeper injury, to the cartilage or bone, which may just take longer to heal. ...Read more

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If a smoker quits smoking, could their vocal chords heal?

If a smoker quits smoking, could their vocal chords heal?

Possibly : Smoking causes changes to the larynx (voice box), some of which are reversible and some that are not. If you have changes to your vocal cords from smoking, you should be followed by an ENT doctor as some changes can turn into cancer. ...Read more

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Will my lungs heal after stopping smoking?

Will my lungs heal after stopping smoking?

It depends: Most of the time after six months or so the lungs basically go back to normal. Emphysema, however, represents permanent damage to the lungs. ...Read more

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Could my lungs heal from 2nd hand smoking?

Could my lungs heal from 2nd hand smoking?

Yes: depending on how much damage has been done. If lungs are scarred, and the tiny air sacs (alveoli) damaged, those things may not heal, but usually significant healing occurs. It is also critical to stop your exposure so that no further damage occurs. If you live with smokers, try to keep them from smoking in the house, or at least have a smoke-free room, smoke eaters elsewhere.Or move if you must. ...Read more

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What to do if burnt throat from smoking weed and now it won't heal?

What to do if burnt throat from smoking weed and now it won't heal?

Get med eval.: Marijuana smoke contains bronchial irritants. Inhalation with marijuana is more prolonged ; deeper than with tobacco. Higher combustion temperatures are reached because it is smoked to a shorter butt. This leads to a carboxyhemoglobin concentration that is 5 x ^ than tobacco. 3 x more tar is inhaled. Prolonged use of cannabis can lead to airway inflammation, wheezing ; ^ in sputum production. ...Read more

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Can your body start to heal itself, even after 30 yrs of smoking?

Can your body start to heal itself, even after 30 yrs of smoking?

Not really: After you quit smoking, your risk of various cancers decreases and you can regain some lung function with exercise and healthy habits. However, the effects of long-term smoking like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema are permanent. Treatment can help alleviate symptoms, but they do not cure these conditions. ...Read more

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