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Speed Healing Process
Any natural medicine or herbal stuff that can help speed the healing process of an allergic break out?
Not a good idea: People who are allergic to pollens (i.e., plant proteins) can be unpredictably allergic to herbal preparations (i.e., plant proteins). Use of herbal supplements by pollen allergic people is not a good idea; pharmaceutical allergy medications do not have any contaminants to which allergic people might react. ...Read more
I have a bruise that is black hard and warm can I do anything besides ice to speed the healing process?
Stop the ice.: Ice is ok for the first day or so, but after that time and gravity will help your body heal and absorb the blood that makes up your bruise. Arnica montana (avalable at health food stores) is homeopathic med that can enhance bruise resorption. Avoid ultraviolet to the damaged tissues to avoid pigmentation issues. If there's a collection of blood (hematoma), drainage by md will speed the recovery. ...Read more
Had a vulvar biopsy done a few days ago, it's still pretty tender, any thing I can do to help speed the healing process?
Keep clean.: Keeping this area as clean as possible will help. ...Read more
I got my widsom teeth surgically removed yesterday. Any suggestions on how to speed the healing process?
Follow instructions: The best way to enhance the healing process is to follow the postoperative instructions provided for you to follow after your surgery, maintain good oral hygiene and nutrition, and avoid activities that can cause a potential problem, i.e., overzealous physical activity, smoking, spitting, excessive rinsing. Your dentist can prescribe a medicated rinse (peridex) or gel (sockit) which may also help. ...Read more
I burned my leg on my bike exhaust almost 10 days ago, but it didn't heal up completely. I'm applying silverex cream. How else can I speed the healing process?
Stop silverex: If you wound is not infected than silverex may actually slow healing. All you may need is Bacitracin or aquaphor ointment with twice a day cleansings with a mild soap such as cetaphil. Any edema or swelling in the lower legs may also slow healing and wearing appropriate compression garments will help along with elevation when possible. Stop tobacco use. If not healed by 2 weeks, scars are likely. ...Read more
Forgive my frankness: Whoever told you that "natural is better" did you a profound disservice. Painting your face with honey isn't suitable for a grown man when all acne can be managed by today's scientific rx. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your physician; a trial of topical Clindamycin / retinoic acid or a move straight to oral tetracycine or even stronger will work. ...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
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
Does eating frozen foods speed up the healing process? Since you put ice and cold things on an injury to help it heal?
Not likely: Placing ice would be a LOCAL treatment. ...Read more
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
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
Just got diagnosed with shingles. I'm a lead in a musical and wondering what I can do to speed up the healing process? I have an understudy for now
Can't really expedite healing... But you can control pain fairly well with topical Lidocaine (patch, ointment, phonophoresis)
more importantly, find out why you got this condition (very uncommon in your age group); complete workup is needed. ...Read more
I have a hockey game saturday and I strained my hamstring last monday it's healed but not completely how can I speed up the healing process?
It all depends on the degree of the tea = no ;major damage to the muscle, treatment= ice, massage ; rest. Return 2 action when feel @ pre injury status. 2=bleeding ; over stretching but no muscle tearing considered major. Same treatment but recovery is a good 3-6 wks.2=major disruption of the muscle
fibers ; recovery is long ; needs rest, and long rehab. The only thing u can do is to follow advice. ...Read more
Ankle Sprain: It may heal on its own with rest, ice, compression and elevation and a gradual return to your normal activities. However, a period of time in a boot or use of crutches may be necessary depending on the severity. A physical exam by an orthopedic physician will better be able to determine your appropriate course of treatment. Hope this helps and good luck! ...Read more
Be patient and: Don't reinjure it.Get a more detailed answer ›
Retinoic acid: Retinoic acid can be very helpful but you need an exam by a doctor first. ...Read more
I picked at a pimple on my face that's become scabby. Besides not picking at it, what can I do to speed up the healing process?
My daughter got bedbugs bites from a hotel. What can I do to speed up the healing process? It's been over 2wks
Keep it clean: This can take several weeks before the skin returns to normal. Keep the area clean and identify trouble spots she scratches. Work on those ares with additional care. (clean, abx ointment) ...Read more
I hyperextended my elbow on January 1st of this year, and I'm still having severe pain when I lock my arm. How can I speed up the healing process?
Fractures: For bone to heal adequately, there must be no motion across the fracture site. Excess movement can cause a delay in fracture union. If your bone hasn't healed within an appropriate amount of time, your doctor may decide to order a bone stimulator for you. It's a painless device that uses electromagnetic energy to speed up bone healing. ...Read more
1st or 2nd degree: Blisters develop in a more serious burn, called a second degree burn. If you have a first degree burn it isn't going to blister later. Cool the burn under cool (not cold) running water for 10 or 15 minutes or until the pain subsides. Don't ice it. If it is very large even though not blistered have it looked at. ...Read more