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Things that might help reduce scaring of a wound during the healing process

ZephosZephos Climbin in yo ski lifts, snatchin your people up.MichiganRegistered User regular
edited July 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So over the weekend I got a pretty nasty scrap/cut. its roughly the size of a nickel and on my forearm, I'm just curious what type of things I could do to help it A. Heal faster/cleanly B. Reduce the the scaring that its sure to leave.

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    DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Clean it out (soap and water is fine), apply neosporin, apply a bandage. Don't pick at it!

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    ZephosZephos Climbin in yo ski lifts, snatchin your people up. MichiganRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    i've often been told that sometimes its good to let it be in the air, so i havent been covering it at night, someone also suggested sea salt water will clean it extremely well and promote healing, anyone confirm/deny these?

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    RaekreuRaekreu Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Neosporin + covering is the best bet, leaving it open to the air will promote scabbing but if you toss and turn at night you might end up bleeding again. Is it more towards a cut or a scrape?

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    FeatherBladeFeatherBlade Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    What Dehumanized said.

    Is the wound still leaking fluid? Or has it scabbed over? How hard is the scab?

    If it's still leaking, then disinfecting it with soap and water (and/or rubbing alcohol) and covering it with one of those band-aid healing blisters (assuming they still make them... they're awfully pricey) will do well for healing it quickly and minimizing scarring. Just remember to not remove or lift the band-aid for several days.

    If the scab is soft, disinfect as above, and either use the healing blister, or use a normal band-aid and antibiotic ointment.

    If it's scabbed over with a hard scab, leave it alone. You can leave it uncovered, or cover it with a normal band-aid to protect the scab from being torn off.

    The only thing that salt water is going to do is disinfect the wound, and I doubt that it would work better than the rubbing alcohol.

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    ZephosZephos Climbin in yo ski lifts, snatchin your people up. MichiganRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    i've been cleaning it kind of regularly, i sweat like the dickens at work so i made sure to clean it after.

    Its somewhat leaking now, i can see the start of it scabbing over due to its position on my arm sometimes movement will "crack" it with fluid welling up from underneath.


    So i'm thinking
    If the scab is soft, disinfect as above, and either use the healing blister, or use a normal band-aid and antibiotic ointment.
    it is.


    Edit: whops, completely forgot one of my original intents on making this thread, is a rosy red ring around it normal? I was worried about infection as i was swimming in a lake after it happened

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    FeatherBladeFeatherBlade Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Hmm... yeah, see if you can find those healing blisters. They should stay on even if you sweat, and since the edges are completely sealed they'll keep dirt out of the wound.

    ... if you have really hairy arms it might be a good idea to shave around the wound before applying the blister (for better adhesion).

    About the red ring: does it hurt or feel hot or tender when you touch the red part?

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    ZephosZephos Climbin in yo ski lifts, snatchin your people up. MichiganRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    a little tender, as for heat, i live in a non air conditioned house and its the middle of a michigan summer, so frankly i couldnt tell you.

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    ForkesForkes Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Is it deep?

    If it's not deep I wouldn't be too worried about scarring.

    Is it weeping at all? The ring around isn't really anything to worry about, unless there are other things with it. If it's weeping, go to a doctor. Weeping can be a sign of infection. If the redness spreads, go to a doctor. If the area swells, or gets really hot, go to a doctor.

    I just had a huge scrape on my leg, like, the size of my entire hand on my calf. It was really red around the entire area. My leg also started to swell up, so I went to the docs, but he said it was cool. I was pretty sure it was, but it's nice to know.

    If the area is dry, I say leave it open. The air is good for it, and if you are saying its cracking, covering it is only going to make the bandage stick to the area once it breaks open, and then tear it some more when you remove the bandage. You honestly don't need to be washing it anymore than you would usually wash a part of your body.

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    Muse Among MenMuse Among Men Suburban Bunny Princess? Its time for a new shtick Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    Aloe and vitamin E oil can help.

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    ZephosZephos Climbin in yo ski lifts, snatchin your people up. MichiganRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    its tough to judge just how "deep" it is.

    i guess the best way i can explain it that when it was fresh the blood seeped up almost in a pattern like this

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    (not that i really think that helps, ha.)

    as for the weeping, it was so fresh that its kind of hard to tell

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    FeatherBladeFeatherBlade Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    As long as the fluid from the wound is clear, and the red skin is the same temperature than the normal colored skin around it, then the red is probably normal. (Pink might be more common)

    if the red part is significantly warmer than the surrounding skin, or the fluid from any part is white or greenish, then it's probably infected.

    If you want to make sure that nothing is infected, regardless of the condition of the wound, you could do the following (this is my procedure for cleaning out cat scratches. With a few modifications to step 3, it's useful for small puncture wounds; steps 3 thru 7 also work well for infected pimples, but should not be used on burns.):

    gather your supplies: rubbing alcohol, bandaids, antibiotic ointment, rough washcloth, soap.

    1. turn on the warm water in your sink.
    2. place the wound under the running water and warm the water up until it is as hot as you can stand without removing the wound from the stream of water.
    3. use the washcloth (wet and with soap on) to carefully scrub any debris out of the wound. (in your case, this would mean all the old scab material).
    Keep running the hot water over the wound for about 5 minutes.
    4. turn off the water.
    5. pour rubbing alcohol over the wound. (this will hurt)
    6. carefully dry the skin around the wound, making sure to not touch the injury itself.
    7. if using regular band-aids, apply antibiotic ointment then band-aids
    if using blisters, skip the ointment, and apply the blister.

    This is what works for me... umm... use it with caution?

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    ZephosZephos Climbin in yo ski lifts, snatchin your people up. MichiganRegistered User regular
    edited July 2010
    mmmkay, yes, thank you very much, its definitely pink not red, and there doesn't seem to be a temperature disparity. I'll be sure to keep an eye on it though.

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    FalxFalx Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    After the scab falls off get some Vitamin E oil and put some on for a few days afterwards, it will allow the skin to stretch and not bunch up, depending on how deep the wound was.

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    proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
    edited July 2010
    If you're concerned about it scarring, check out Hydrocolloid bandages- http://lifehacker.com/5574349/use-hydrocolloid-bandages-to-prevent-scarring

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