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Wound On Leg That Won T Heal
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
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
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
Depends on tissues: The classic model of wound healing is divided into three or four sequential, yet overlapping,  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
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
Cut on leg, used bandage. Red raised area noted, removed bandage. 3 weeks since injury and area of 'cracking' skin surrounding wound. Not warm to touch or weepy, just won't heal and getting slowly larger. Tried hydrocortisone cream but no improvement?
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
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
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
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
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
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
If he is stabbed in the thigh, just want to know any type of plant that could help heal a stab wound?
I would have him: Evaluated by a physician. I would not just rely on herbals for this. ...Read more
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
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
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
6-10 weeks: Depending on the treatment 6-10 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
If: The meniscus is truly torn, it does not heal by itself. ...Read more
Can a wound on the upper thigh heal on its own after opening up following the removal of stitches?
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
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
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
I have an open wound that doesn't heal. What should I do? I had anal sex with my boyfriend. After several times I noticed I was bleeding and I had a cut in my anus. It has been a month now and the cut (wound) has not heel and it hurts when I have to go t
See a doctor: I'd recommend you see a proctologist to have this evaluated. This is not an atypical story that you are giving here. It can definitely be cared for appropriately and brought to heal appropriately. ...Read more
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?
Approx. How long willit take for an MCL grade 2 knee ligament tear to heal completely without further damage?
It varies.: Usually mcl partial injuries heal within 6 weeks, improving with initial rest, brace, ice, then progressive exercise. ...Read more
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