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What does "oppose" mean in this context: opposition of the wound edges?

From the context it seems the answer is the edges lined up opposite and against each other, as the transitive verb form of the word opposite a la the second definition here: Oppose transitive verb ...
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Is using urine to clean a wound better than non-sterile water?

It depends Extended contact of urine on skin will cause skin irritation and eventual breakdown. On the other hand, that water may contain flesh eating bacteria. This is a situation of a lesser of ...
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What topical applications can assist wound healing and prevent scarring?

It greatly depends on the wound: is it clean or infected? A cut on an abrasion? Acute or chronic. Associated with disease (diabetes), immobility (pressure) or other? Is it a burn? Honey is often ...
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Wound precautions in public facilities?

As a rule of thumb: anywhere that blood is coming out, you should be assuming that pathogens can be transferred in. In this situation I would smear with antibiotic ointment and wrap with sterile ...
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Is it a good idea to use neosporin for opened blisters?

As per its description, Neosporin can be used for minor cuts and scrapes, which seem to fit well to your description of opened blister. The picture provided shows a shallow opening. I doubt ...
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Wound care specialist says “it has healed too much, now it can’t heal”

What is reported here about the "wound care specialist" sounds like being either badly phrased by the doctor or misunderstood, misremembered or phrased rather unluckily by the OP (no offence, just ...
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Should Neosporin never be used?

You can look up practically any medicine that exists and you will find long lists of all of the possible side effects, risks and interactions. Manufacturers have to list everything that could possibly ...
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Dealing with triangle puncture wounds

A triangular wound can possibly be sutured, depending on many considerations regarding the wound including its type, condition, location, size, shape, depth, cleanliness vs presence of debris, ...
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Wound care specialist says “it has healed too much, now it can’t heal”

“the wound has healed too much, and now it can’t heal anymore without knocking it back first.” I asked for more details and got a similar response back. Talking to patients is an art. This doctor ...
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Dealing with triangle puncture wounds

Triangular blades were created for pretty much one reason, and one reason only. The triangular cross section made a stronger blade, ensuring more damage was done in a charge/stab versus a flat blade. ...
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Should Neosporin never be used?

Neosporin has its advantages but also has way too many disadvantages. It is said to speed up healing but most cases prove that Neosporin is actually one of the antibacterial ointments behind the ...
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Is it a good idea to use neosporin for opened blisters?

See this from the AAD about wound care. See this from Medscape for interesting info on wound healing. Studies are mixed whether there are clear improved outcomes from using antibiotic ointments (...
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When not to apply pressure to bullet wound?

Never unless the wound is actively bleeding heavily, which would most likely be an extremity wound since gunshot wounds to the torso tend to do most of their bleeding internally where you can't see it ...
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How important is the amount of active ingredient in an ointment?

Before I answer your question: 40 years is a very long time. Your ointment should have an expiration date. You should not use it past that date. Not just that microbiological quality can't be ...
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Sutures - do they go through the muscle as well?

Thanks to Vance-L-Albaugh for clarifications. For deep cuts, sutures bind the subcutaneous tissue to allow it to heal properly. Since muscle lies beneath the subcutaneous tissue, it seems that ...
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Third-degree burn - Home treatment

The skin has several tasks. Among these are: defense against outside threats like infection keeping the body temperature as constant as possible keeping the moisture inside With large second/third ...
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What is the correct first aid procedure for treating abdominal gunshot wounds?

What is shown continuously on television and movies is that they either die fairly quickly, or, if you apply pressure, then get the bullet out, the patient will recover. That's not the case. The ...
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Rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide for small wounds?

I think alcohol is better than peroxide for the reasons stated above. Nevertheless, from an evidence stand-point, there is no really strong evidence for basically any solution over the other or even ...
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Tourniquet application on a venous bleed

In venous lacerations, blood would be able to be stopped by placing a tourniquet below the injury. By stopping the blood from returning from the limb, you wouod be able to effectively prevent blood ...
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Are there instances where surface pus should not be removed?

I agree with the comment from @CareyGregory. Maybe, but wound treatment often includes debridement to remove the dead/dying/damaged tissue anyway. This also physically lowers the number of bacteria ...
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What happens when a candidate drug becomes an ATMP? What's the list of ATMPs?

■What is the ATMPs I didn't clearly read from the EMA's description of the ATMP, whether the ATMP is as being a "sales approval" or a "preferential treatment that lowers the bar to ...
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Can semi-occlusive dressings be used to remove scars?

That sounds a bit too broadly defined a question to answer with a general yes or no. Once a scar is formed it is difficult to remove, if not impossible. Cutting out scar tissue produces another scar. ...
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Procoagulant salve/cream/gel?

Depending on your definition of "wound" you could consider a styptic pencil. It's generally used for nicks and small cuts, such as you get while shaving. Most drugstores sell them or you can order ...
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TReatment for open blisters

An open blister should be treated as a wound because the skin is open. There is something called second skin or hydrocolloid dressing that is ideal because it mimics most of the function of the ...
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