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Can soap to wash a diabetic ulcer affect how long it will take the ulcer to heal?

Can soap to wash a diabetic ulcer affect how long it will take the ulcer to heal?

Wound care. : Diabetic ulcers will generally heal if you offload the area (decrease direct pressure with an insert, or a wheelchair), have your doctor trim the callus and dead tissue away on a regular basis, and if the ulcer is infected, you may need oral or IV antibiotics, depending on the severity of the infection. Depending on the size of the ulcer, it may take weeks to months for it to close! ...Read more

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Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


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Skin between my fingers is chapped & flaky due to antibacterial soap use. I scratch in sleep so never heals. How to heal? Oral antihistamine's useless

Skin between my fingers is chapped & flaky due to antibacterial soap use. I scratch in sleep so never heals. How to heal? Oral antihistamine's useless

Rash Between Fingers: Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica is a skin condition caused by a Candida Albicans infection, characterized by an oval-shaped area of skin on the web between and extending onto the sides of the fingers. Another possibility is hand eczema. Treatment depends your diagnosis. See you local dermatologist for the correct diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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I have chemical burncovering whole knee surface.area is necrosis peeling off.I wash twice daily cover w silvaden gauze.Tips on faster healing?

I have chemical burncovering whole knee surface.area is necrosis peeling off.I wash twice daily cover w silvaden gauze.Tips on faster healing?

Keep it clean: You are doing what needs to be done. Healing will take its own time and there is no way to hasten it. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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

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How do scratches and cuts heal in diabetes?

How do scratches and cuts heal in diabetes?

Wound healing: Healing of even minor injuries is a complex process involving clotting factors, white cells, vitamin c, presence or absence of infectious agents, and general metabolism including blood sugar levels. Optimal healing involves optimazation of the elements noted above. White cells fail to function optimally at blood sugars over 140 mg/dl and may allow infections and poor wound healing to occur. ...Read more

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How does hydrogen peroxide heal cuts and wounds?

How does hydrogen peroxide heal cuts and wounds?

IT DOESN'T: The only real use for peroxide is to help wash stuff out of a dirty wound. It doesn't kill bacteria even as much as a topical antibiotic. It will even damage healing tissue. Does it bubble when "germs" are present? No, it just bubbles. ...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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Burned skin from Retin A, (tretinoin) will it peel? how long will it take to heal completely? could Betnovate ointment help in healing?

Burned skin from Retin A, (tretinoin) will it peel? how long will it take to heal completely? could Betnovate ointment help in healing?

Burned skin Retin A (tretinoin): The concentration of 0.1% retin-A (I was on 0.05% before) is high. The 0.1% is irritating, May induce a red rash (hundreds of tiny little bumps), thick dark scabs, and hyperpigmentation underneath the scabs (looks similar to lentigines). I think the dark scabs are chemical burns? They're around my eyes and mouth. Stop for now the retin-A for now, go back to the 0.05%? If you are having this kind of result, yes, stop the product! Make an appointment with your prescribing physician to evaluate your reaction and determine what should be done. But yes, STOP using it and don't use anything else before you see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can yogurt safe to use on diabetic skin wounds?

Can yogurt safe to use on diabetic skin wounds?

Safe but unhelpful: Yogurt may provide a moist wound healing environment but won't otherwise help healing. Cleaning with gentle soap and water and covering with triple antibiotic ointment and a dry bandage is better. All diabetic foot wounds should see a doctor because of the seriousness of potential complications. ...Read more

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How long does friction burns to the knee take to heal ? Also they did bleed. And I'm using savalon healing gel

How long does friction burns to the knee take to heal ? Also they did bleed. And I'm using savalon healing gel

Depends: If the wound base is pink and reddish, then probably 1-2 weeks. If the wound base is white, then the abrasion might be deeper, 2-3 weeks. You can wash the area with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment to the area, and cover with a dressing. It'll heal faster. If it doesn't heal after 2 weeks, you should go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Does bactroban/mupirocin promote healing of wounds? Does it help them heal quicker?

Does bactroban/mupirocin promote healing of wounds? Does it help them heal quicker?

Wound: Bactroban/Mupirocin are topical antibiotics. If the skin is infected then it will help the wound to heal. If no infection is present then Aquaphor ointment applied twice a day is most effective. ...Read more

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Does using hc 2.5 % cream thin the skin of hemorrhoids, allowing them to pop and get infected? Will neosporin help heal it if applied inside/around?

Does using hc 2.5 % cream thin the skin of hemorrhoids, allowing them to pop and get infected? Will neosporin help heal it if applied inside/around?

No: Topical steroids used long term can thin the skin around the anus but won't damage the hemorrhoid. Actually i never use these creams because they don't really do anything that time and avoidance of constipation with fiber doesn't do better. ...Read more

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Do pimples heal slowly with diabetes?

Do pimples heal slowly with diabetes?

Yes: Diabetes can slow healing for all skin injuries. Keeping your blood sugar well controlled will improve your healing capacity. ...Read more

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Day 6 post circumcision- can I apply the prescribed solution "chlorhexidine gluconate" to an area of broken scabbing? Wont it burn the incision/wound?

Day 6 post circumcision- can I apply the prescribed solution "chlorhexidine gluconate" to an area of broken scabbing? Wont it burn the incision/wound?

Here are some ...: Your carefulness is good. Chlorhexidine (Hibiclens) like betadine is a common soaping agent for scrubbing by surgeons, OR staffs, & even scrubbing to prepare surgical sites. Its topical use to post-circ incision should be okay as long as having no allergy to it by history. ...Read more

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How exactly does hydrogen peroxide work to heal cuts and infections?

How exactly does hydrogen peroxide work to heal cuts and infections?

It doesn't: It doesn't heal cuts. In fact, it can delay wound healing. When it's used, it's used to kill bacteria, not to heal wounds. ...Read more

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

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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Open razor cut wound red and moist can I treat it with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment with bacitracin zinc and gauze ? How do I know it's not infected ? Ty!

Open razor cut wound red and moist can I treat it with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment with bacitracin zinc and gauze ? How do I know it's not infected ? Ty!

Wound: Yes, you can. The signs of infection - pain, drainage, usually milky white, green or yellow, swelling which is worsening, redness which is worsening or not getting better. If none of those are present, yes, you can go ahead and put an antibiotic ointment and either let it air dry or cover with a dressing (bandade). If the symptoms above are present and it's getting worse, see doc. ...Read more

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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


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