wounds

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<b>Wounds is also known as <a href="#topics/Injuries-and-wounds">Injuries and wounds</a></b>. A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of flesh, punctures, bites, etc...
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Dr. Michael Miller answered:

What is a micro wound?

Simple definition

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A wound is the name given to a break in the lining of our bodies or an organ of any depth that occurs from an external cause (trauma, surgery, a paper cut, a skin tear, etc). An ulcer is when the skin break occurs from an internal cause resulting in a break in the lining (stomach ulcer, diabetic or venous ulcer). A micro wound would be a very small break in the skin. This is an unusual term.
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Dr. Kirt Kimball answered:

Wounds over healing cause?

Keloid

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If a wound heals uneventfully (not evidence of infection) but forms a thick rope like pink colored scar it may represent Keloid. The formation of Keloid is, in most circumstances genetically defined.
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Why do healing wounds itch?

Histamine release

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Whenever tissue is subject to trauma, the body initiates an inflammatory response as part of the healing process. Several different types of cells are released into the bloodstream and make their way to the wound where healing is initiated. Among these are mast cells which release histamine. It is the histamine which causes the wound to itch.
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Dr. Bret R. Boyle answered:

How does a boil wound heal?

Drainage

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These "abscesses" need to drain and be kept moist and clean to facilitate drainage to promote healing. Some times incision and packing is needed when large and/or deep.
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Dr. Michael Miller answered:

How do I heal a open wound?

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The trick is to avoid things that slow down healing. Keep the wound covered and away from open air, avoid toxic substances like peroxide, alcohol, and Betadine. Avoid anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin and Advil as inflammation is important in healing. Protect the wound from stress and trauma. Dressing changes every other to every third day to allow your will and to do its thing
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Dr. Michael Miller answered:

Is pus dangerous in wounds?

Not Neccasarily

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Pus is basically when the fighting white blood cells surround a foreign invader in your system. It may be bacteria but it also can be a foreign body, or dead tissue. Inflammation (Red, hot, swelling, pain) is actually a beneficial thing that help prevent and fight infection. Unless it is worsening and you have fevers, chills, and other concerns, close observation is not necessarily wrong.
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How does wound healing work?

Complicated process

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Multiple factors involved. White blood cells and platelets travel to the site for immune system and blood clotting. Collagen fibers heal across, and new blood vessels grow in. Collagen fibers remodel. Proper body protein level and appropriate vitamin levels help with healing. Poor nutrition, diabetes, cigarette smoking, infection, poor blood supply, prednisone can delay or prevent proper healing.
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Dr. Robert Dorsey answered:

What does salt on wounds do?

Prevents

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Dr. Michael Miller answered:

What causes a wound to weep?

Part of healing

When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered
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Dr. Jonathan Purdy answered:

Can use lotrisone on wounds?

Maybe

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Lotrisone works for fungus and to decrease inflammation. Applying a steroid to an infection can make it worse. Always seek medical care for a diagnosis. It is never a good idea to put on medications one has lying around the house in hopes that it will help. Many over the counter preparations used in the wrong instance can be dangerous.
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