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Sores that won't heal?

Sores that won't heal?

Simply complex: There are many factors that allow our bodies to heal and a healthy 31 year old should heal any open wounds quickly. When a wound fails to heal, there can be many causes ranging from using medications that prevent healing to other factors such as poor nutrition, circulation, ongoing stress, pressure on the site, etc. A woundcare specialist is trained to look at the many factors and get you healed. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have sores that don't heal fast?

What does it mean if I have sores that don't heal fast?

Sores : It may take several weeks for a wound to heal . Especially on areas such as the legs which are slower to heal generally. However wounds or sores that are very slow to heal may be a sign of diabetes . Check with your physician to find the causes of the sores and also if there are any other conditions creating poor healing. ...Read more

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Are sores that won't heal is caused by lupus?

Are sores that won't heal is caused by lupus?

Skin cancer?: Atypical acid fast bacilli often causes sores which do not heal or respond to the usual antibiotics. I always consider the presence of a skin cancer if a sore fails to heal . See a dermatologist. A less likely scenario would be the presence of an immune defect. ...Read more

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Help with painless cold sores that won't heal on hard palate? 2-3 weeks.

Help with painless cold sores that won't heal on hard palate? 2-3 weeks.

First question is: are these cold sores (due to the herpes virus) or aphthous ulcers. I would see a derm or ENT to get a correct diagnosis which also would give the correct treatment as they are not treated the same! And you need a work up to find out why they are lasting this long. Have you been under a lot of stress? ...Read more

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My pcp says I have pruritus ani. Since 1996. Nothing helps. Bactine helps pain and cuts. Anything better for healing?Cuts & sores never seem to heal.

My pcp  says I have pruritus ani. Since 1996. Nothing helps. Bactine helps pain and cuts. Anything better for healing?Cuts & sores never seem to heal.

Sitz baths: Sitz baths for 20/30 minutes. Afterwards apply a local anesthetic ointment , but you should alo see a gastroenterologist as to why you are getting cuts and sores. ...Read more

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Might holding a warm tea bag on fever blisters/cold sores actually help to heal them?

Cold sores are Viral: I do not know of any value to doing this remedy. It is important to understand the nature of a cold sore or fever blister. These disorders are caused by the herpes virus. The virus can be very easily spread to other parts of your body or to other people through direct contact. I would recommend not putting a warm tea bad on the sore. The risk of spreading the virus is high. Talk to your dentist. ...Read more

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Wbc platelets and absolute lymphs high 3rd test. Always tired,unexplained bruises, sores take months to heal. What is going on? What could cause this?

Wbc platelets and absolute lymphs high 3rd test. Always tired,unexplained bruises, sores take months to heal. What is going on? What could cause this?

Need more info.: The high lymphocytes should be further evaluated with flow cytometry to see what kind of lymphocytes they are. High platelets may be reacting to inflammation or be part of a blood disease. You should see a hematologist to sort this out. ...Read more

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Unexplained sores that are slow to heal?

More info needed: Before your question can be answered, there is a lot of information needed. Do you have them all over your body or just on the lower extremities ? Do you scratch yourself from itching or do the sores suddenly appear ? Is there anyone in your house that has the same sores or are you the only one ? Is this the first time these sores have occurred or have you had this before ? ...Read more

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Open sores, will not heal?

Open sores, will not heal?

Considerations: 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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How long does circumcision sores take to heal?

How long does circumcision sores take to heal?

1-2 weeks total: The acute irritation is present for a day or two, but the entire healing process takes a couple of weeks. You can certainly bathe baby if cord is off, and this is very soothing to the incision area. Also, helps to just glob some KY or vaseline on to prevent diaper from sticking to the fresh surgical site. ...Read more

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Help please? How long do cold sores take to heal?

Cold sore: Cold sores usually resolve in seven to ten days when no intervention is used. ...Read more

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How long do cold sores take to heal? And i'd there any home remedies to speed up the healing process? It looks horrible, help me!

Usually a week: No vitamin has any effect on herpes. If you take a prescription med. It will make it heal faster. I prescribe valacyclovir 2 gram as soon as you feel it coming.You need to have it handy because the best result occurs if you take it as soon as you feel the first tingling. The standard use is to take a 2nd dose 12 hours later. Otc creams and prescription cream are not very effective. ...Read more

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Sores that wont heal after months, mucusy bloody stools, migraines, pain in throat and difficulty swallowing with no illness?

Sores that wont heal after months, mucusy bloody stools, migraines, pain in throat and difficulty swallowing with no illness?

Oral ulcers?: I suspect you have Crohn's and you need to be seen by a competent gastroenterologist. We need to rule out Behcet's, HIV, lupus, Wegener's, and granulocyoenia. I hope this is a start. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have sores in my nose that wont heal. I thought maybe its from the dry air, but its going on now for a month what can I use to heal them?

I have sores in my nose that wont heal. I thought maybe its from the dry air, but its going on now for a month what can I use to heal them?

Rx nasal sores: You could try otc antibiotic ointment which could be applied 3 times daily but i'd recommend getting a checkup so that the sores can be visualized to rule out anything more serious than a simple nasal excoriation or abrasion. ...Read more

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Do cold sores heal faster if popped? Do doctors advise popping them or leaving them alone? Just want to know if cold sores should be left alone to heal, or pop them and remove the liquid?

Do cold sores heal faster if popped?  Do doctors advise popping them or leaving them alone? Just want to know if cold sores should be left alone to heal, or pop them and remove the liquid?

Leave alone. : There is one theory that if you injure a chronic sore it will become an acute lesion and heal faster. I think it just makes it irritated and painful popping the bubble(vesicles) leaks the contagious fluid which could infect your eye, open breaks in skin, or others. A better solution is to talk to dentist who can prescribe med (valtrex) which taken at first sign will lead to quick healing. ...Read more

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If I have a canker sores, will rose hips help to heal it or are they too acidic?

If I have a canker sores, will rose hips help to heal it or are they too acidic?

Dental laser: If you want to heal it quickly and have immediate relief from the pain see a dentist that has a dental laser and this can be accomplished, . ...Read more

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My dad has a feeding tube and is having trouble getting his pressure sores to heal. Are the two related?

My dad has a feeding tube and is having trouble getting his pressure sores to heal. Are the two related?

Possibly: Adequate nutrition is essential to heal any kind of wound. That your father has a feeding tube implies that he needs more nutrition than he can get by feeding himself. That said, it is also essential to keep pressure off the pressure sore to promote healing. Some pressure sores are deep enough that they will never heal without a surgical procedure, but adequate nutrition is necessary to heal that. ...Read more

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How long does it take for genital herpes sores to heal and go away ? Have been taking anti viral medication but the sores are very sore

How long does it take for genital herpes sores to heal and go away ? Have been taking anti viral medication but the sores are very sore

Some 2-3 weeks...: The natural course of genital herpes is about 2+ to 3 weeks for average healthy persons in assuming no significant additional inflammation, i.e., cellulitis. Anti-viral drug can shorten its course by some 45% if taking in within 24 hours of its onset which begins with local hypersensitivity followed with blisters at the same location. Now, just keep the area as clean & dry as possible + pain med? ...Read more