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Is using urine to clean a wound better than non-sterile water?

I have heard that if you are in the wilderness and need a sterile fluid to rinse a wound, urine is an acceptable choice. Sometime ago this topic came up while discussing emergency treatment. It was ...
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Wound precautions in public facilities?

I bicycle quite a bit, and recently had a crash where I have some fairly extensive road rash on my hip, knee, calf and shoulder area. While most are fairly scabbed over, the ones on my shoulder and ...
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Dealing with triangle puncture wounds

In that picture it mentions how triangle wounds are impossible to stitch up. If that is true how would one treat a triangle puncture wound on the human body?
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What topical applications can assist wound healing and prevent scarring?

I have used vitamin E to help prevent scarring. Are there any other topical applications that can assist wound healing and prevent scarring?
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How important is the amount of active ingredient in an ointment?

I own a small tin of "Dr Chase" ointment that is probably 40 years old. This stuff is amazing. In my family we save it for particularly stubborn or difficult cuts and sores because it will heal ...
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Wound care specialist says “it has healed too much, now it can’t heal”

I had three surgeries this summer, the last surgery was 11 weeks ago. The incision is small, about 2 inches, and started to heal fine at one end. The other end rejected 3 stitches which were pulled ...
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Sutures - do they go through the muscle as well?

A suture is a stitch or row of stitches holding together the edges of a wound or surgical incision. In the case of deeper cuts, for example, a cut on the back of the thigh, an inch deep and long from ...
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What is the correct first aid procedure for treating abdominal gunshot wounds?

There is surprisingly little information on this topic available, considering that gunshot wounds to the abdomen are as almost as common as to the chest. I had read somewhere that applying an Israeli ...
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Can semi-occlusive dressings be used to remove scars?

Semi-occlusive dressings can be used to regenerate fingertips including fingerprints and sensitivity. Could one just cut a scar (a surgery scar for example) out and use a semi-occlusive dressing to ...
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Should Neosporin never be used?

I read on https://millerfamilydermatology.com/things-that-are-forbidden-in-my-house/ (mirror): 1 Neosporin® Neosporin is a combination of 3 different topical antibiotics-Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin ...
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Is it a good idea to use neosporin for opened blisters?

Is it a good idea to use neosporin for opened blisters? Example of opened blisters:
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Rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide for small wounds?

Ignoring physical pain, is it better to use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean small wounds?
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How is moistness balanced with avoiding overgranulisation, in wound care?

Assuming that infection, bleeding are taken care of, and/or for the purposes of this question can be ignored: I am trying to gain an understanding of an aspect of wound care I don't yet really ...
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When not to apply pressure to bullet wound?

I've been reading around and cannot find a definite answer. When should I or when should i not apply direct pressure to a bullet wound? I'll narrow it down to arms and legs.
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Third-degree burn - Home treatment

In the case of a calf-long burn, second to third degree, what should you do to treat it by yourself, if there is nobody to help? I was also wondering, since grafting is the usual medical practice for ...
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What happens when a candidate drug becomes an ATMP? What's the list of ATMPs?

According to The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, the following six Tissue-Engineered Products are available in Europe. Spherox Novocart 3D ReNovaCell ReGenerCel Vergenix FG Vergenix-STR I ...
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TReatment for open blisters

TL, DR: I have a nopen blister. What to do? So this happened: I steped on a bee and got stung on the underside of my large toe. During the day after the sting, my foot swelled and formed blisters on ...
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How long would it take to heal from a flogging in a medieval setting, with the best medical care available?

I'm writing a short story in a medieval fantasy setting in which a character is badly beaten, to the point of unconsciousness. Assuming his survival, approximately how long would it realistically take ...
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Does the amount of bleeding from a wound have any effect on the risk of Tetanus?

I have heard people say that if you get a puncture wound, you won't get tetanus if you can make it bleed. Example: see here, the third point under "But is a tetanus shot really necessary?" Tetanus ...
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Is it indeed forbidden to clean a rabies wound with alcohol?

I've listen to a lecture of a Russian doctor who said that "it is forbidden to clean a rabies wound with alcholol" ("spirt") as a first treatment, he added that it is possible to disinfect the wound ...
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How do sterile bandages stay sterile if the packaging can absorb and release air?

I was at a store that had large hospital- and field grade medical bandages. Think stuff EMTs and field medics would work on somebody with: 5x12ish and quickclot and other stuff. They had several large ...
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What does "oppose" mean in this context: opposition of the wound edges?

Been interested in cyanoacrylates and their applications to wound closures and ran across this new usage for "oppose", "opposed", and "opposition". Researching further ...
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Are there instances where surface pus should not be removed?

It is widely known that pus from an abscess should be drained. For an open wound, however, I'm unsure if removing the pus is always the right option. I can imagine three reasons why the pus should be ...
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Tourniquet application on a venous bleed

A few weeks ago in class (EMT), we were discussing tourniquet application in instances where there is bleeding that couldn't be controlled by pressure. In most cases, a tourniquet will be used on a ...
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Procoagulant salve/cream/gel?

Are there any salves or creams you can apply to a bleeding wound to rapidly end bleeding by promoting clotting? And would it perform better than bandages?
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Does alternating silicone sheets with silicone gel yield a better scar reduction than using silicone sheets or silicone gel alone?

ScarAway's packaging mentions (ScarAway is one of the main brands for silicone gels and silicone sheets in the United States): For best results: Use as part of a complete scar treatment regimen, ...
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Mammals instinctively lick their wounds. There are benefits and risks. If your immune system is healthy, is it wise to lick your wounds?

Wikipedia writes: Wound licking is an instinctive response in humans and many other animals to lick an injury. Dogs, cats, small rodents and primates all lick wounds.[1] Saliva contains tissue ...
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How long will it take for pink skin after the falling of the scab to return to normal colouration?

About two weeks ago, I had a (minor) accident which thankfully did not result in any major damage to my bones or my joints, but which did leave me with a rather large wound near and below my elbow. It ...
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Does anaerobic exercise impair wound healing?

Anaerobic exercise causes muscle breakdown, forcing the body to engage in protein synthesis. Wound repair consists mostly of protein synthesis. It would seem that these two processes would compete ...
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What is the optimum application of petroleum jelly on a wound to help minimize scarring?

Looking at different sites online, I am having difficulty finding a clear, consistent information on the use of petroleum jelly to promote healing and minimize scarring. What criteria should be ...
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