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There are two round, red wounds on my leg that just won't heal with a white center. No drainage, just weeping slightly. Not itchy, getting bigger thou?

There are two round, red wounds on my leg that just won't heal with a white center. No drainage, just weeping slightly. Not itchy, getting bigger thou?

Exam needed: A physician would have to inspect these lesions for diagnosis and treatment. They could be insect bites which are now festering and you might try keeping them clean and applying an antibacterial ointment like bacitracin. See your physician if surrounding redness develops or if the lesions don't heal. ...Read more

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How might you heal a open wound on the back of your leg?

How might you heal a open wound on the back of your leg?

What's the cause?: 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 and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can be done if a puncture wound on your leg does not heal?

Please tell me what can be done if a puncture wound on your leg does not heal?

Get Examined: Puncture wounds should be carefully managed, as the surface may heal, trapping bacteria, unwanted materials, etc. Which can get infected ; pose major problems. Through immediate cleansing is mandatory, and may need protection from tetanus or bacteria depending on cause agent. See your physician to be helped... Not a type of wound to ignore. ...Read more

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Generally how long would a gunshot wound to the leg take to heal?

Generally how long would a gunshot wound to the leg take to heal?

Depends on tissues: The classic model of wound healing is divided into three or four sequential, yet overlapping, [2] phases: (1) hemostasis (not considered a phase by some authors), (2) inflammation, (3) proliferation and (4) remodeling. If there is still a problem healing the area after 3weeks need to understand where the issue is - 2nd/3rd stage Once the treatment is adjusted wound should heal. Infection is 2nd stg ...Read more

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Do wounds on lower legs heal more slowly?

Do wounds on lower legs heal more slowly?

That depends.: If there is any problem with arterial or venous circulation wounds may heal slower. That is why it is important to understand the blood flow and confounding factors that may affect wound healing. ...Read more

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Wound on my leg. I was in the hospital they cut it opened and then they packed it. My question is what can I use in the hole to help it heal faster.

Wound on my leg. I was in the hospital they cut it opened and then they packed it. My question is what can I use in the hole to help it heal faster.

Wound specialist: Please consult a physical therapist with training in wound care. You did not state why was the leg cut open, what underlying diseases you have and how long has it been since the wound occurred? It would be prudent to not ignore the wound it there is "hole" as you stated. ...Read more

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What's the best way to heal a post thrombotic wound on the leg that doesn't close? Little blood flow, even when compressed. Is surgery recommended?

What's the best way to heal a post thrombotic wound on the leg that doesn't close? Little blood flow, even when compressed. Is surgery recommended?

DVT and ulcer: A wound or ulcer on the leg/ankle associated with venous hypertension will be difficult to heal. These wounds require compression in addition to regular wound care. A venous and arterial insufficiency ultrasounds are helpful before the compression devices are used to assess for safety. Okay to ask for a referral to a wound care clinic. ...Read more

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I have a wound which is 1 cm wide and 5 mm deep near my big toe on the left leg. It was cleaned and dressed tightly. Will it heal without stitches?

I have a wound which is 1 cm wide and 5 mm deep near my big toe on the left leg. It was cleaned and dressed tightly. Will it heal without stitches?

Yes: In clean fresh wounds, we often stitch/suture incision together to minimize scarring. In older dirty wounds, we often leave it open to air (no stitches/sutures) to allow healing from within. This is more likely to cause scarring but we don't want close dirty old wounds out of fear of trapping bacteria in wound. So yes, wounds can heal w/o sutures but will take time & most likely end w/scar. ...Read more

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This past Friday I got a minor tear in my MCL on my right leg at a dance competition. It was from rotating my leg quickly during a routine. I saw an orthopedic doctor that day and he said it was minor enough to heal on its own. He also gave me a brace to

This past Friday I got a minor tear in my MCL on my right leg at a dance competition. It was from rotating my leg quickly during a routine. I saw an orthopedic doctor that day and he said it was minor enough to heal on its own. He also gave me a brace to

Sounds appropriate: If it truly is an isolated mcl injury, they do very well in brace trestment. Presumably you had an MRI to show you did not also tear your meniscus? Best wishes for a full recovery. ...Read more

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2cm ulcer on middle, front lower leg. Swollen leg, red around wound. Does heal! Looks like venous ulcer. But gp says ezcema. And he knows best right?

2cm ulcer on middle, front lower leg. Swollen leg, red around wound. Does heal! Looks like venous ulcer. But gp says ezcema. And he knows best right?

See vein specialist: Leg ulcers are often caused by chronic venous insufficiency which is a problem that causes to much pressure to be in the veins near the skin. A venous specialist can diagnose and treat this condition. Our cure rate with venous ulcers is 97%. If it is infected I would recommend seeing a physician ASAP as these infections can progress quickly due to poor circulation. ...Read more

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Partial tendon tear or stress fracture in my ankle area on both legs. What can I do to heal it? How long usually does it take?

Partial tendon tear or stress fracture in my ankle area on both legs. What can I do to heal it? How long usually does it take?

It can take a while: Tendons receive a relatively poor blood supply, and can take a long time to heal. You need to rest it as much as possible. As hard as it might be, what rests that area better than anything is a non-weight bearing cast, and even this may take a couple of months.

Wish I had better news. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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How much time will it take a calf tear to heal?

How much time will it take a calf tear to heal?

Need more info: First off, how do you know if it is torn? Have you had an MRI to see the extent? Calf muscle is the biggest and very important mover below the knee so it gets a lot of work. Rest is your first line of defense; possibly a removable cast depending on the severity. It could take up to 9 months. Depends on where it is torn. ...Read more

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Hello, I have a partial hamstring tear. Can this heal properly?

Hello, I have a partial hamstring tear. Can this heal properly?

Ham tear: Slow progressive recovery is very common to heal. Stretch ice massge nsaids PT ...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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Will a small tear on knee miniscus heal?

Will a small tear on knee miniscus heal?

Possibly: It depends on the size of the tear, the type of tear and the location of the tear relative to the blood supply to the meniscus. Your orthopaedic surgeon should be able to give you an idea of the chances of it healing. ...Read more

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How to heal trochlea tear in the knee 7mm?

How to heal trochlea tear in the knee 7mm?

Depends: First option: rest, immobilized for 2-4 weeks. Rehab to regain range of motion.

However, surgery may be needed if: cartilage or other tissue ends protrude into the joint space, which could cause further damage and should be surgically removed. If a ligament is too stretched to recover on its own and this causes the patella to dislocate often. ...Read more

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Can a wound on the upper thigh heal on its own after opening up following the removal of stitches?

Can a wound on the upper thigh heal on its own after opening up following the removal of stitches?

Probably: Probably yes, as long as there is no ongoing infection and the edges of the wound are not too far apart and there is no diabetes which would slow the healing process ...Read more

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I have a big wound on my knee with stitches. It is not healing well, is three any way for me to make the wound heal faster?

I have a big wound on my knee with stitches. It is not healing well, is three any way for me to make the wound heal faster?

Area of stress: The knee is an area that gets a lot of action as we walk, or move in general. The action pulls on the wound and stitches reducing healing. The key is to minimize the local stress by limiting the amount you bend the knee, wearing a splint and using crutches for a while may help. You would know if it is infected so that is probably not likely. ...Read more

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I was wondering how I could heal a wound from vein surgery near my ankle?

I was wondering how I could heal a wound from vein surgery near my ankle?

Depends on wound.: If you have a wound as a result of a surgical incision then usually local care with keeping it clean, a topical antibacterial ointment and a dressing should heal it. If it is a venous ulcer, then you would need a full venous evaluation with a venous reflux sonogram and closure of any refluxing valves. It would be wise for you to see a vein specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

No: Once torn, a meniscus does not generally heal on its own. It may however become asymptomatic. ...Read more

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If the ACL has poor or no blood supply why does the knee swells up so rapidly when it is torn? If it has blood supply why doesn't a partial tear heal?

If the ACL has poor or no blood supply why does the knee swells up so rapidly when it is torn? If it has blood supply why doesn't a partial tear heal?

Acl tears bleed: Anterior cruciate ligaments tears generally cause a significant hemarthrosis (blood in joint) when acutely torn. This is from the tear itself and associated injuries. Because the ligament is intraarticular it has poor helping potential when the blood supply is disrupted, unlike the medial collateral ligament (mcl). Partial (one bundle) tears have poor healing potential for same reason ...Read more

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I have a small tear in my ACL which caused a severe bone bruise. Its been 2 months, can't lock out my knee, have pain...How much longer to heal?

I have a small tear in my ACL which caused a severe bone bruise. Its been 2 months, can't lock out my knee, have pain...How much longer to heal?

See ortho: You need to see an orthopedic doctor and perhaps get some physical therapy since this may cause problems with muscle contracture and atrophy. Make an appt now since permanent damage may already have occurred. ...Read more

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How long will my calf muscle take to heal after a puncture wound?

How long will my calf muscle take to heal after a puncture wound?

Depends: Uncomplicated, it will heal in a week or two. The possible inhibitors to healing are, infection, foreign body in the wound, and depth of the wound. If not better soon, or if there is redness, drainage, fever, get evaluated by your doc or wound care center. ...Read more

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How long can a minor cartilage tear in my knee take to heal?

How long can a minor cartilage tear in my knee take to heal?

Depends...: The definition of mild is very subjective.... Many tears or injuries to the meniscus or cartilage disk in the knee will not cause severe symptoms for more than a few weeks. The tears may or may not heal. But even if the tear does not heal, it may not hurt! We do not treat MRI findings, we treat patients... Therefore your surgeon should guide treatment recommendations based on your symptoms. ...Read more