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After surgery is the incision wound suppose to be hard?

After surgery is the incision wound suppose to be hard?

Maybe: Because inflammation due to the trauma of surgery can cause fluid collection and "induration" which is a hard feel to the tissue. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more


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What is the hard scabby material that grows over wounds?

What is the hard scabby material that grows over wounds?

Dried blood: A scab is a collection of dried blood cells and serum that sits on top of the skin surface. Its purpose is to protect the wound from contaminating materials but otherwise isn't a whole lot of help. Sometimes confused with scab is eschar. It is a leathery collection of dead tissue within the surface of the wound. It is often hard, smooth and flush with the skin surface and usually needs removed. ...Read more

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Last night I fell pretty hard on some pavement and scraped up my face. How should I handle the wound?

Last night I fell pretty hard on some pavement and scraped up my face. How should I handle the wound?

Wound dependent: Small superficial wounds can be rinsed with sterile saline or a dermal wound cleanser and dressed with a topical antibiotic ointment and covered with a sterile dressing. Deeper more involved wounds may require a more aggressive approach. See your physician to see what is best for your type of wound. ...Read more

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How hard is it to miss a retinal tear that's big enough to need laser?

How hard is it to miss a retinal tear that's big enough to need laser?

It can happen: It's best to have one's retina examined by an expert: a fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeon. ...Read more

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I used a hard tooth brush & wounded gums. What do I do now?

I used a hard tooth brush & wounded gums. What do I do now?

Wait, softer brush: The gums will heal rapidly. Use a softer brush. ...Read more

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Why do diabetics lose feeling so easily and why is it so hard for their wounds to heal?

Why do diabetics lose feeling so easily and why is it so hard for their wounds to heal?

Neuropathy....: Diabetics tend to get a condition called peripheral neuropathy which can either increase pain sensation or decrease sensation. They can be prone to getting wounds especially on their feet. The wounds have a tendency to be polymicrobial and they are difficult to heal. The diabetic also has problems with microcirculation which also compounds the issues of wound healing. ...Read more

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I have a some kind of bite on my leg, try so hard not to tense on picking at it or itch it. Each time the wounds open it bleeds. Now there white ring.

I have a some kind of bite on my leg, try so hard not to tense on picking at it or itch it. Each time the wounds open it bleeds. Now there white ring.

Unclear: First of all you need to take the initiative to not scratch. I know easier said than done. You can put alcohol on it and it will burn but will stop the itch as an old home remedy. A much better one is to pick up some benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream or hydrocortisone cream to help the itch. However since this has progressed you need to have the lesion checked to see what the white ring is.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a wound on my inner thigh that is hard to cover and is easy to open further. What can I do to help heal it?

I have a wound on my inner thigh that is hard to cover and is easy to open further. What can I do to help heal it?

Get help: 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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Had a harder than normal Bm today and there was bright blood streaked on it. Looked and saw a red tear or cut at the opening of the anus. What is it?

Had a harder than normal Bm today and there was bright blood streaked on it. Looked and saw a red tear or cut at the opening of the anus. What is it?

Anus fissure: The skin of the anus can tear during a hard bowel movement. It should heal in a day or two provided bowel movements are soft - increase water intake and fiber intake. Sitting in a warm bath can also soothe irritation and keep the area clean ...Read more

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I have a hard knot in my tear duct area and my eye is seeping clear liquid. What is it?

I have a hard knot in my tear duct area and my eye is seeping clear liquid. What is it?

Blocked duct: You may have blocked tear duct causing a swelling and overflow of tears. Please see an ophthalmologist who can pass a probe and open the duct if that is the cause. ...Read more

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Wounds on feet of my grandmother. She is unable to walk. They are very hard and very painful to my grandmother?

I am not sure: What is meant by a "hard wound". Any wound though should be evaluated. If difficult for grandma to get out, try and find a doctor who makes house calls. We still exist. ...Read more

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I have an wound on my finger form a cycist there is a little hole and pus is coming out and it smells it's also hard around the wound is that ok?

I have an wound on my finger form a cycist there is a little hole and pus is coming out and it smells it's also hard around the wound is that ok?

That's NOT OK.: That's an infection. That requires antibiotics. And if there's a deeper hole, it could even be an infection of the muscle or bones. This should be evaluated right away and treatment should be initiated. ...Read more

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2 yrs ago I jumped hard into a lake and suffered shooting chest pains. I still periodically get sharp left chest pains. Could this be an aortic tear?

2 yrs ago I jumped hard into a lake and suffered shooting chest pains. I still periodically get sharp left chest pains. Could this be an aortic tear?

Unlikely, but see Dr: Unlikely. It usually takes considerable blunt chest trauma to tear the aorta: Such as in an automobile crash with sudden deceleration. The consequences are life threatening requiring immediate attention. It's possible that you injured your chest wall resulting in some intermittent derangement that's causing your pain. For peace of mind see your physician for an exam. ...Read more

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Can embolus be caused by a tear in a capillary due to coughing too hard from pneumonia? My boyfriend was hospitalised for this. What can I expect now?

Can embolus be caused by a tear in a capillary due to coughing too hard from pneumonia? My boyfriend was hospitalised for this. What can I expect now?

Air embolus: An air embolus can occur with severe coughing and a damaged lung - the pressure from the cough can force air into the pulmonary vein, which can cause stroke -like symptoms. Immediate treatment is to assume a heads-down, lying on left side posture (helps prevent the bubbles from going to the brain) + Oxygen. Immeidate Hyperbaric treatments can cure the stroke symptoms. ...Read more

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I had a hard pimple like thing n my underarm. It is painful when touch. I had wounds due to waxing prior to it. Pls help?

I had a hard pimple like thing n my underarm. It is painful when touch. I had wounds due to waxing prior to it. Pls help?

Could be....: An abscess. Usually these require draining to go away. The pain won't diminish until it drains. You can wait a while to see if this happens on its own, or go to a doctor and get it treated. ...Read more

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Dog bite; the skin was broken, healing well, but the area immediately around the wound the skin seems firm/hard and swollen. Should I be worried?

Dog bite; the skin was broken, healing well, but the area immediately around the wound the skin seems firm/hard and swollen. Should I be worried?

Could be infected: If the area is pink or red and or oozes any discharge from the bite it could be signs of a bacterial infection. A dogs mouth often contains a variety of germs that they can pass into a bite, beyond the well known rabies virus. If this continues have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I got a deep cut on my finger using a knife a few weeks ago. The wound has closed up, but now I have a hard piece of scar tissue there. What can I do?

I got a deep cut on my finger using a knife a few weeks ago. The wound has closed up, but now I have a hard piece of scar tissue there. What can I do?

Depends: It will take 6 weeks for the scars to begin to soften with any incision, and daily massage will help. However, with a deep cut on the hand you want to make sure you have no functional or sensory changes/losses. If you are unsure, seek treatment from a surgeon who specializes in surgery of the hand. ...Read more

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My knee painfully popped on the lateral side along with something clunked in my knee. Could this suggest a tear? I am having a hard time bend or strai

My knee painfully popped on the lateral side along with something clunked in my knee. Could this suggest a tear? I am having a hard time bend or strai

Tear or mouse: This could be Cartilage or what we call a joint mouse which is a particle inside the joint. Your evaluation will help clarify this. You will need imaging and maybe arthroscopy. Possibly an MRI ...Read more

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I was bitten by a friend's terrier 5 weeks ago. I took antibiotics. The wounds have all healed, but now I have a very hard lump under one of the sites. What could it be?

I was bitten by a friend's terrier 5 weeks ago. I took antibiotics. The wounds have all healed, but now I have a very hard lump under one of the sites. What could it be?

Common; May be cyst?: It is normal and common to have a hard lump of scar tissue for several months but especially for the first 6 weeks of healing before beginning to soften. However it could also be a cyst. If it does not begin to improve within 4 weeks, I would consider seeing an md. In the meantime topical scar massage may help. ...Read more

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Can a hard cough post hernia surgery cause a tear?

Can a hard cough post hernia surgery cause a tear?

Yes: That is why I always inquires out constipation and chronic cough. Anything that increases the abdominal pressure can lead to a recurrence. ...Read more

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Why does air come out of a tear duct when I blow my nose hard?

Why does air come out of a tear duct when I blow my nose hard?

Connected: There is a connection between the nasal cavity and the tear duct system. This duct drains tear fluid into the nose. Enough pressure in the nose can force air back up the duct. ...Read more

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Me and my bf had hard but sex 2 weeks ago my butt still hurts and is out a bit occasional bleeding when I poop he said he felt me tear a bit?

Me and my bf had hard but sex 2 weeks ago my butt still hurts and is out a bit occasional bleeding when I poop he said he felt me tear a bit?

Great BF, see Dr: Sounds like you have anal tears, aka fissures, which can be very painful and require steroid and stool softener and sometimes surgical repair. To suggest partner noticed tear & kept going suggests very irresponsible partner. Also, if no condom used, huge potential for std/hiv. See dr. For examination and std testing as indicated. ...Read more

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I hav anal fissure on and off since 2 years now anal tear is still present if I hav constipation than it will painful I felt anus is very hard?

I hav anal fissure on and off since 2 years now anal tear is still present if I hav constipation than it will painful I felt anus is very hard?

Non healing: Anal lesions need medical attention, avoid constipation eat high fibre diet, stool softeners, plenty of fluids will heal in most of the time, See your doctor, some times you need biopsy of the area. ...Read more