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In the blister shown, the likelihood of rupture is decreased because of the thickness of the epidermis on the palm of the hand, so you can leave it alone until the underlying area re-epithelializes. You'll know this is happening because of the decreased pain and the slow reabsorption of the fluid. Eventually you will just peal it off what's left of the ...


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Generally speaking, it's best to leave blisters undisturbed. Unroofing the blister completely is definitely ill-advised, as it exposes the entire dermis underneath, removing a primary barrier to infection. Cover it loosely with rolled gauze and leave it alone; it will either drain on its own, or reabsorb the fluid over time.


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Like many medications you want to use the amount necessary, no more, no less. Contact dermatitis has been caused by Neosporin (and similar products). I would mention a few particular reasons: Topical antibiotics can contribute to medication resistant germs, and having goop sliding out of a bandage and onto non-injured areas of your skin serves no beneficial ...


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In first aid, we normally leave blisters alone. But there is one exception. In multi day walking events, there is a protocol to treat blisters. We clean the blister and the skin around in. We make it as sterile as possible Use a single use sterile needle to make two holes on each of the sides of the blister in walking direction. gently empty the blister, ...


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No one can predict the future, nor can we diagnose over the internet, so I won't address that aspect of your question. However, I can tell you why the doctor wanted the following shots. Tetanus immunization: Any time a person gets a "dirty" wound* (animal bites and cat scratches are considered dirty - think of what a cat does with it's paws), tetanus ...


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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 overlooked. It is an antibacterial and a humectant, both helping wounds to heal better. Epidermal growth factor also helps but is not easy to get. Silver is ...


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With 5 or 6 through-and-through gunshot wounds to the chest, the death I would expect to see would be utter silence. Almost instant unconsciousness and cardiac arrest would be the most likely outcome from such massive damage. What people often don't realize about gunshot wounds is that as a bullet travels through flesh, it creates a wound channel much wider ...


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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 sutures do NOT include muscle for lacerations. However, if you want to generalize to any suture, then the first two articles below demonstrate instances where muscle ...


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Most wounds leave some kind of scar. It's just that we sometimes can't really tell because it's so small. Here's how wound healing generally works: Blood clots and forms a scab (this may not happen, for example in burns and puncture wounds that didn't draw blood White blood cells (macrophages) "clean" the wound - the wound may appear to be oozing some ...


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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 for whether to clean or not clean wounds. Personally (and what is preferred by most in daily practice and generally recommended in guidelines as well) is ...


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NOT a spider bite even if it was just one deep cut. Spider bites are rare and more than 99% of spider bite cases are usually some person's overactive imagination. Doctors get rather tired hearing these stories and roll their eyes when they hear them. Whatever happened to the man, it must've become infected. The rubber (or silicone) tubing is meant to keep ...


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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 from Amazon. They are briefly mentioned in the Wikipedia article on agents that stop bleeding. The article mentions several other products that are probably only ...


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Yes, certainly. The human body has several systems which are separated from each other such that fluids cannot freely move between them, and the pressure within each is maintained in a very precise manner. Examples which come to mind are the cardiovascular system (which has variable pressure all the time, but it also varies in a strictly controlled way), ...


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