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Since 6 mo. In africa, wounds heal more slowly than previously. Plus, scars persist for minor wnds. Explanations? (malaria meds.+ sleep deprivation?)
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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Stress
Medications, lack of sleep, change in diet, other stressors can all slow wound healing.
Scars are a process of the healing. Scars are more likely to remain noticeable is exposed to the sun during the healing and remodeling stages (first year after the injury). Wearing sunscreen or keep the area covered when out in the sun can help.

In brief: Stress
Medications, lack of sleep, change in diet, other stressors can all slow wound healing.
Scars are a process of the healing. Scars are more likely to remain noticeable is exposed to the sun during the healing and remodeling stages (first year after the injury). Wearing sunscreen or keep the area covered when out in the sun can help.
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Dr. Suman Das
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Perception?Poor Nutr
It just may be perception.
If you were missing average balanced food there may be possibility of delayed healing if you were missing significant factors like vit.C, protein and so forth.Since your follow up is only 6 months, in terms of scar they are still immatuewhat are you comparing?How small or how deep were the scars?

In brief: Perception?Poor Nutr
It just may be perception.
If you were missing average balanced food there may be possibility of delayed healing if you were missing significant factors like vit.C, protein and so forth.Since your follow up is only 6 months, in terms of scar they are still immatuewhat are you comparing?How small or how deep were the scars?
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: All of the above
Yes all of the above may effect wound healing including parasites and nutritional deficiencies.
You may want to discuss with your primary care physician or immdunzation/travel office to discuss regional epidemiological diseasesnand relevant blood or stool testing.

In brief: All of the above
Yes all of the above may effect wound healing including parasites and nutritional deficiencies.
You may want to discuss with your primary care physician or immdunzation/travel office to discuss regional epidemiological diseasesnand relevant blood or stool testing.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hard to say here
Nutrition is a major component in wound healing, so if your diet in africa was suboptimal that might contribute.
Malaria medications, once stopped, shouldn't have any ongoing issues. Stress (including sleep deprivation) also can take a toll on health in general, including wound healing. Have your doctor exam your wounds to make sure they are healing normally, and start a multivitamin.

In brief: Hard to say here
Nutrition is a major component in wound healing, so if your diet in africa was suboptimal that might contribute.
Malaria medications, once stopped, shouldn't have any ongoing issues. Stress (including sleep deprivation) also can take a toll on health in general, including wound healing. Have your doctor exam your wounds to make sure they are healing normally, and start a multivitamin.
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Dr. Ram Kalus
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Tough one.
Scars can take a full year to completely mature and if they are exposed to sun during that time, they can darken permanently.
As far as healing, many explanations can lead to interruption in proper healing but it generally reflects an overall systemic state of health and immune compromise may be the answer. A thorough medical evaluation by a good internist would be my recommendation.

In brief: Tough one.
Scars can take a full year to completely mature and if they are exposed to sun during that time, they can darken permanently.
As far as healing, many explanations can lead to interruption in proper healing but it generally reflects an overall systemic state of health and immune compromise may be the answer. A thorough medical evaluation by a good internist would be my recommendation.
Dr. Ram Kalus
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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: What malaria meds?
What meds were u taking for malaria prevention? Did u take the meds as instructed (start 1 week or more b4 travel, continue for 1-2 wks after return?) Some malaria medications, most notably hydroxychloroquine & doxycycline, impair wound healing or cause a deeper, darker scar than what u are accustomed to.
Unfortunately, there is no way to "reverse" the scar once formed. But the meds should wash ou

In brief: What malaria meds?
What meds were u taking for malaria prevention? Did u take the meds as instructed (start 1 week or more b4 travel, continue for 1-2 wks after return?) Some malaria medications, most notably hydroxychloroquine & doxycycline, impair wound healing or cause a deeper, darker scar than what u are accustomed to.
Unfortunately, there is no way to "reverse" the scar once formed. But the meds should wash ou
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