How To Get Rid Of Itching Scalp

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of itch scalp?
    My scalp is really very itchy due to dandruff.what is d best way to get rid of it?

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  2. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of dandruff and itchy scalp?
    I have a lot of dandruff and I constantly have to itch my scalp (I do not have lice). How do I get rid of dandruff and itchy scalp????

    • ANSWER:
      Neutrogena has a good dandruff shampoo, too called T-GEL.

  3. QUESTION:
    What Exactly Do Dermatologists Do When You Go See One?
    I've never been to one, but I have endless dandruff/itch scalp for so many years. and no over the counter shampoos work on me, so I want to see if a dermatologists can help. But, what I want to know is, what exactly else do they do when you go? Like when you go to the Doctor, they do checkups, and all that, but do dermatologists do some sort of checkup?

    • ANSWER:
      They usually start by asking questions and finding out the history of any prior conditions you've had or been treated for. This would include any known allergies.

      They will most certainly do a visual check.
      Along with that, they would need to know what your usual "routine" is for cleansing and what products you use.

      Depending on what they discover, they may discuss options for treatments, or prescribe medications, or they may feel it necessary to take a "sample" or "scraping" of the affected area.

      It's always easier (and safest) to treat something once you have a proper diagnosis and actually know what it is you're dealing with.

      The Best way to get rid of dandruff (if that's what you have) is to use a shampoo with salicylic acid. Also check for shampoo containing zinc or selenium sulfide. Using shampoos with these ingredients will eliminate those nasty flakes once and for all!
      Check your local health-food store.

      Dandruff is a build-up of too much oil on the scalp, which can cause the irritation and itching related to dandruff.
      When excess oil is generated by the glands at the base of the hair follicles, a person can end up with dandruff.
      The flakes associated with dandruff are the shedding of this excess oil combined with dead skin cells from the scalp.

      Do not over-wash your hair. Washing it every other day allows the natural oils a chance to replenish without over-producing.

      Make certain to rinse your hair thoroughly after washing so you don't leave any shampoo residue that could build up and cause more flaking. You might also try rinsing your hair with vinegar.
      - http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/rem…

      If you use hair conditioner, only use it on the ends of your hair. Never apply it close to the scalp. Conditioner can actually create further build-up on the scalp and clog the hair follicles

      In the meantime, change your pillow case often or place a fresh towel on your pillow case each night. If you sweat while you sleep (that's common), the dirt & excess oils left on your pillow case will collect on your hair & irritate your scalp.

  4. QUESTION:
    Help How do I get rid of flakes in my hair besides head and shoulders?
    I have been using head and shoulders, it got rid of the itching but not the flakes. How do I get rid of them and what causes this?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many other brands besides Head and Shoulders you can try:

      Neutrogena

      Pantene Pro-V Dandruff Formula

      Pert Plus

      Selsun Blue

      Tegrin

      If these don't work, the strongest thing out there is Nizoral. Here is a brief description of what it does:

      Nizoral is the only shampoo containing a patented active ingredient known as ketoconazole (discovered by Dr. Paul Janssen in Belgium). This ingredient is medically proven to be effective against P. ovale and acts directly to inhibit growth of the fungus. Most other anti-dandruff shampoos work by normalizing the pH of the scalp. Nizoral is the most well-studied anti-dandruff shampoo available today. There is over a decade of clinical experience with Nizoral.

      This product is the number one choice of doctors and pharmacists, who have recommended an anti-dandruff shampoo to millions of dandruff sufferers all over the world. Nizoral shampoo is also unique in that it's effect is long-lasting. Even after rinsing, Nizoral carries on working for several days. This means that you don't need to use Nizoral every day making it extremely cost-effective.

  5. QUESTION:
    If I am using a dandruff shampoo with 2% zinc and I am still seeing flakes, should i switch brands?
    It has stopped the itching scalp, but I still get flakes and some buildup.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends how long you've been using it for. You need to give the shampoo time to work and get rid of the dandruff, if you've been using it regularly for over a month and your still getting the flakes I'd change brand. Good luck

  6. QUESTION:
    Why does my scalp itch and how do I get rid of the flakes?
    Ever sicnce the summer, my scalp has been really itchy. No bugs!!! Anywyas, now that I have dark hair again, I'm noticing flakes. How do I get rid of the itching and flakes without stripping my haircolor? Also, are there any good shampoos/conditioners I can use?

    • ANSWER:
      the best one out there is t-gel by neutrogena. it smells a little weird but you wont have anything anymore

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of dry scalp?
    I wash my hair regularly but the next day when i itch my scalp it usaully flakes. What is the best product for me to use. By the way I am black , and not to insult anyone but I believe that different races have different chemical make ups

    • ANSWER:
      get doo grow( hair product they have shampoo hair dress a whole line of care.) grease clogs your pores and just makes your hair shiny . vitamin a is the most important thing get carrot oil and cream from Africa's best and doo grow my hair is long and i AM fully black and keep your hair conditioned!!!!!!

  8. QUESTION:
    What can i use to get rid of a Itching and spotty scalp?
    I have started to get a really itchy scalp and now wee spots are coming out on scalp and at the sides of my head?? Any advise on what I can use to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like you're putting products too harsh for your head in your hair. try T/Gel, it'll clear it up. Check out their website for more help. Or go to the chemist as it could be dermatitis.

      Dermatitis is a general term that describes an inflammation of the skin. There are different types of dermatitis, including seborrheic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis (eczema). Though the disorder can have many causes and occur in many forms, it usually involves swollen, reddened and itchy skin.

      Dermatitis is a common condition that isn't life-threatening or contagious. But, it can make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. A combination of self-care steps and medications can help you treat dermatitis.

  9. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of bad habit?
    I have this horrible habit that drives me nuts! I don't know what's the cause of it but it needs to stop. I cannot stop myself from itching my scalp. It's not itchy, I just scratch it. I pick at the scabs on my scalp. I think it's more of a mental thing. I had never had this issue before my head trauma in a car accident. Can you please offer any advice to help rid of me of this embarrassing habit?

    • ANSWER:
      Wear a hat. It sounds stupid, but my best friend had a problem like that, and it worked for her.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is this white stuff sticking to my scalp?
    It isn't dandruff, because it's not flaky, but it's been bothering me for weeks now.
    It itches, but my scalp doesn't feel clean, and it's in layers, and yeah, there are tiny black things, reallly small though in the eggs, and I want to know what it is, and How I can get rid of it, do you think if it isn't dandruff I can get rid of it through shampooing?
    HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      its lice make sure u use lice shampoo and clean ur house with lice killer plus do the lice shampoo to anyone that lives with u. if u have a pet go to ur vet and get lice shampoo for u r pet because if u have lice ur pet has it too!!

  11. QUESTION:
    What works better for getting rid of an itch. I have polysporin or hydrocortisone cream?
    I have itchy scalp from hair dye from the salon.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure that either of those would be great for your scalp or for the hair color. But if you are going to use one, I would recommend hydro-cortisone cream, it is for itching and the other is more for fighting infection. The best thing to do would probably be to take benedryl. Ibuprofen might help some with the discomfort.

  12. QUESTION:
    How long do dreadlocks take to mature?
    I just got mine today and they look like whimpy little wet braids. I'm wondering how long they take to mature and look really decent. Also, anyone know how to get rid of that nasty scalp itch?

    If you're here to post how much you hate dreads or how ugly they are, don't bother. I'm asking for answers, not comments. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      it depends on your hair type. ive had my dreadlocks for almost 4 years, and people occasionally ask me either how long ive been "trying" to do dreadlocks, or they ask me if im taking them out. like its been said, it takes years, not months. at the end of a year, you'll get really excited, because the middles will probably really be tightening up. after that, it just gets better.
      for the itching, i suggest tea tree oil. also, wash your hair with dr. bronner's peppermint castile soap. its pretty readily available, you just have to look for it. good luck and happy locks!

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some really good ways to get rid of dandruff?
    I have horrible dandruff. I have many large and small flakes of dandruff that are constantly falling out of my hair and getting stuck. I think it is so embarrassing. My scalp itches a lot and i constantly feel like my head is dirty because of the build up of dandruff. I don't know what else to use. What do you find is the most effective at getting rid of this kind of persistent dandruff.

    P.S. I know it isn't psoriasis. It's definitely not that.

    • ANSWER:
      Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to help soothe and naturally hydrate the scalp. Natrium Muriaticum is a biochemic tissue salt that has an excellent reputation for effectively treating rashes and all itching skin conditions, including scalp disorders. Kali. Sulph. also promotes healing, reduces inflammation and removes infected or dead cells.

      Trifolium pratense is a well-known cleansing herb for skin disorders and has the ability to improve lymph functioning and reduce lymphatic swellings - helping to purify and detoxify the system.

      One natural therapy that seems to be effective is daily shampooing with a tea tree oil infused shampoo. Tea tree oil has been used for centuries as an antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal agent. It's now included in a number of shampoos found in natural foods stores.

      Please note – Tea tree oil is generally well tolerated but may cause allergic reactions in some people. ‘Raw' tea tree oil can hurt broken skin, or irritate healthy skin, so test it on a different part of your skin before you try it on your head or use a shampoo that contains tee tree oil instead.

      Get more details if you need on the above here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/d/dandruff.htm

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a scalp itch that was caused by an allergic reaction to hair dye?
    I recently had dyed my hair, and my scalp is itching really badly. I tried washing it, but no relief. What should I do to relieve the itch?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a local public beauty supply house...( Sally's) and get reginol. It's an equalizer for chemical reactions to the hair and scalp. Hopefully that will give you some relief.

  15. QUESTION:
    Know any excellent home remedies for getting rid of scalp bumps, keloids?
    I heard that tea tree oil and lavender oil are good--as well as apple cider vinger & hydrogen peroxide. I was just wondering if anyone encountered anything else that REALLY works. I've been struggling with this for years--itching, bleeding, bumps. Dermatologists tell me that I need unbelievable levels of antibiotics and possibly skin graph surgery....

    • ANSWER:
      sunlight clears up all skin conditions brilliantly....try to get some sun on your scalp, even if its by using a sunbed

  16. QUESTION:
    Please tell me how to get rid of dandruff?
    Hi guys, I have been having dandruff for like 4 to 5 months now. I have seen if there were any changes in my eating habits or lifestyle but everything was pretty much the same. I have also tried different shampoos like Head and Shoulders, Sunsilk etc and different conditioners but with no luck. I also have been oiling my scalp but that doesn't seem to help either. So are there any remedies other than these or visiting the a dermatologist is the only remedy remaining? I have also heard about going shampoo free and washing with just plain water. Does that help? I dont have much hairfall neither do I experience itching on my scalp often. Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend these oils: Nimb Tailam: 50 ml and Karanj Tailam: Mix those two and apply every two days on scalp. Wash your scalp every two days. Shampoos which contain Ketaconazole and zinc pyrathine is not a good idea to use which dermatologists prescribe. Dandruff is a tough condition and can take time to go away but I have seen many patients getting cured who suffered from dandruff for five-eight years. Sebborhic dermatitis is a very tough condition in HIV infected people and thus they have dandrauff as a common problem with redness on the scalp, I have also treated those people who suffered from dandrauff due to HIV. This is the reason I am very confident regarding this and recommend you try it. Ketaconazole is a very common shampoo or an anti fungal which is widely used to treat dandrauff but it is a very strong anti fungal and therefore, I don't recommend it as many of my patients used it but either had side effects or no improvment at all.

      You may wish to take oral medications:
      Khadirarishta: 1 little cup once a day on empty stomach
      Nimb Ghanvati: one pill twice day.
      Mahamanjishthadi Kwath: 1 cup twice a day on empty stomach

      these medications take some time but it shows results in very tough diseases like vitiligo and urticaria, dandruff etc. Eat plenty fruits and green vegetables. Avoid constipation and spicy, fast food, tea or coffee etc. Results within 3-6 weeks. As am not sure of your problem, I cannot say how long you should use these medications but when you are free of problem, discontinue after your problems are resolved.

  17. QUESTION:
    What do you do to get rid of scalp ringworm?
    For a couple mos. I thought it was my shampoo or sometimes it would itch for light hairsprays. But now, in front, right in the hairlne I found a complete circle. I don't have ins. or job. Is there a topical otc solution/cream I can get cheap?

    • ANSWER:
      see a doctor

  18. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of dark circles and under eye bags?
    Also a dry itchy scalp and huge pores. Please answer ALL of my questions and don't give me products like olay or head and shoulders and stuff. I need good house hold advice. I am aware of products I just don't have the money to buy them or a way to get them

    • ANSWER:
      I am answering ALL your questions - but one by one.
      First, there is an epidemic of under eye bags and circles and many are reported by those in teens or early twenties. The main reason is reaction to skin sickening toxins in skin care, cosmetic and skin medicating products. Many teenage girls use 20 or more products daily and an alarming number of products contain skin(and health) harming toxins. See this site Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. A Feelgood Resource. The Database tested many thousands of products and identifies which ones are the most harming and those which are non or only minimally harming. So first thing to do is select the none or least harming products.
      Then apply these safe, natural, treatments that will quickly and permanently get rid of them. They really work and have helped many on Answers

      This is a response I received from wannabeblue28:
      “Hi Mukunda M. I have just been rubbing my face with oil using my fingers and hands and It has made a HUGE difference in my complexion after just one night. …… My skin looks so much tighter everywhere and i no longer have bags under my eyes! Thank you so much for your post, I have been suffering with acne and under-eye circles since i was young.”
      She had seen an answer I gave about how vigorous face massaging with pure natural oils had permanently rid my face of acne AND removed my bags/circles. Massage greatly tightens skin under and around the eye area and the bags go away. Find Answer with a search "Mukunda M vigorous massage to remove eye bags/circles"

      The most helpful ones are:
      (Using both hands together) massage with palms and front of fingers held together
      (1) Do long up and down sweeps close to nose from chin area up to near eyes.
      (2) Do another up and back at an angle from chin point to cheek bone.
      (3) Do fast up and down massage close to eye from cheek bones at an angle of 45 degrees (on your crows feet).
      Best if do for several minutes daily – will markedly tighten skin in eye area and diminish the circles in the first two or three days. Use any oil. Olive is good.
      IMPORTANT: To avoid skin pulling first make facial skin taught by partially opening mouth and pulling lips firmly back against teeth (tightens most of face)
      Use any natural oil. Extra virgin olive oil works well for many.

      DRY, ITCHY SCALP: I had the same problem and learned it was harsh ingredients in almost every shampoo. I personally stopped using them and only wash hair with a low cost pure soap bar with no toxic coloring, no toxic fragrances, no chemical preservatives and I had no more dryness and and no more itching. The Database given above lists the safest non harming, none poisoning shampoos.

      Huge pores can be quickly made smaller in the first few days by quite vigorous massaging face with pure natural olive oil. It is noncomedogenic so does not clog pores or cause breakouts. Do a quite fast forward and back massage(circular one will not work) using front of both hands together. Olive oil is a perfect moisturizer - you will need no other moisturizing product

      SOURCE(S): Consultant with many years research into safe, natural cures/treatments - skin conditions, skin enhancement, anti aging and rejuvenation treatment

  19. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of itch from dandruff?
    I can't sleep half the night because my scalp is so damn itchy. And there are so many flakes its like its xmas.

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  20. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a house full of bed bugs?
    I'm visiting a friend, and I keep waking with bites on my arms, legs, wrists, legs, etc. Even my scalp itches. I know this is a big problem on the East Coast due to the materials brought in from foreign countries that don't have the restrictions the USA does. How do I deal with the itching? I have to be here another 3 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
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  21. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a dry, itchy scalp?
    I have a dry scalp at the lower back of my head, above my neck. It's been there for a few months now and idk how to get rid of it. It itches a lot sometimes and sometimes it doesn't. I've been using Head & Shoulders recently but it doesnt really work, i think it's making it worse to be honest.
    Does anyone know a way for me to get rid of this?

    • ANSWER:
      CAUSES TO ELIMINATE DRY HAIR FOREVER DRY DAMAGED HAIR?
      Eliminate the causes:
      1. Hair gets very dry from too much sun exposure, same with the skin.
      2. Shampooing in Hot water & chlorine in the pool causes the skin to get 'dishpan' hands look, so does the hair. So use warm water.
      3. Blow drying too long. If you need to blow dry, towel dry first air dry some, then blow dry for 5 mins.
      4. Don't use products containing alcohol. Gel has alcohol, so does hair spray.
      5. Perming, relaxing & dyeing all causes hair feeling like hay. Get frequent trims, allowing new growth to take over.
      6. Don't shampoo often. Washing less often, builds the natural oil your hair needs, to get them smoother, shinier, silkier, softer. Man-made products are just temporary, until you wash them again, and at the same time washing off the natural oil your hair NEEDS. Hair product just absorbs on your hair if they're dry, like a sponge.

      CAUSES FOR ITCHY SCALP
      When the hair (especially oily hair) is not washed frequently enough, skin cells may build up on the scalp and cause itch and dandruff. Prevention is by washing hair at least once a week.

      Dry scalp skin lacking the protective oil layer, is vulnerable to infections, and easily gets irritated. From the top of the head or hairline skin cells in the form of white dust (dry dandruff) may shed. Common causes of dry flaky scalp are:

      1. Frequent hair washing with hot water and aggressive shampoos
      2. Holding hair dryer close to the head
      3. Cold windy weather in combination with dry air from indoor heating
      4. Even the sun is drying and causing skin to get flaky & itchy. Same with hair.

      I've used Garnier for Normal hair for 10 years, but I also noticed my top scalp was itchy. I started using sample hotel shampoos (that I brought home), and my itching stopped. I bought Bath & Body Works shampoo, tried that, and my itching started again. I took it back. I am now using Aussie brand, so let's see how long that will last until I started or if my itching begins again. So far so good! . . UPDATE on Aussie: I started itching again after 3 weeks.

      I've always used OTC shampoo for over 4 decades, and I've never had problems with itchy scalp or dandruff. I only condition my hair when I was perming & dyeing. I don't use conditioner haven't been since I no longer use chemicals on my hair. I also keep my hair protected from the sun, by wearing a hat or keep them tucked up.

      Make sure you massage your scalp well while shampooing, then rinse 5 mins. for the back and tip your head back and rinse 5 mins. for the top. I do that, anyway, but I'll try dh's Head & Shoulders (Dermatologist suggested I should try) and see if that works. I use two towels to dry my hair, by then they're halfway dried. I air dry some or stand by the heater until it's done, then blow dry with hair dryer for 5 mins, concentrating at the roots. I am NOT following the dermatologist' advice using medicated shampoo, because her hair is dry & brittle, and she complimented me because my hair is healthier & nicer than hers, and told me TO CONTINUE whatever it was I was doing. I must be doing something right! I have another hotel sample from Marriott Hotel called Quinoa Shampoo by Davies Gate .00 shampoo and I started itching the next day. The Aussie I itched once by the 4th day!
      Update as of today: I am now using Garnier (like before) and every other week I use the Aussie (above). My scalp had improved, and have NOT ITCHED. This is now going on for 4 months. I still wash my hair like before, every 5th day, no conditioner. I take a shower everyday, but I put my hair up. Just make sure you rinse WELL.

      ANOTHER tips for an itchy, dry scalp, crush up some ibuprofen and mix with shampoo. Then apply directly to scalp using a colorist's brush.
      "You're going to use that brush to really work that mixture in," said Kevin Gatto, owner of Verde Salon in Collingswood, New Jersey,
      Let that sit for about 2 minutes, then shampoo out.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is the secret to thick, beautiful, healthy hair?
    My hair is already thick, but I have a very itchy scalp. I want to maintain my thickness, but get rid of the itch. Any secrets or tips for this? Thank you! ALSO: What are some tips for healthy hair? Ex: Naturally shiny

    • ANSWER:
      Actually it's simple, yet hard for some people to do.
      First you have to blow dry it a lot less, just try to cut it out as much as you can. Then, don't wash it everyday, that takes away the natural oils that your hair produces and it thins hair out, causes a lot of damage, so reasonable washing. Next, DON"T EVER DYE IT. Not yelling, just very important. Okay, if you're like going gray and want to, but otherwise, there's absolutely no reason for you to be dying your hair. Your natural hair is the healthiest, shiniest, fullest it can ever naturally be, so let it be. And believe it or not, your diet reflects your the way your hair will grow. If you give your body the right nutrients, it will repay you by letting your hair grow out it's best. Not kidding. Sometimes small things like changing your diet can really fix your hair and skin! How great, double whammy. It may take some time, but look at it this way, if you start today, by the time summer rolls around, you'll have healthier, shinier, more beautiful hair.

      P.s. by changing your diet, i mean eating more healthy fats, omega 3s from fish, more fruits and vegetables, try to cut out chemicals, no soda at all, try less processed foods. Think WHOLE...Whole wheat, brown rice, brown brown brown...cut out white breads. There a variety of foods for this, endless possibilities. Oh and of course, Green tea, I can't stress that enough.
      Good Luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of nits?
    I have nits and they are really bothering me. I am always itching my scalp and I've tried getting them out with a nit comb but it doesn't really work. Is there a home remedy that I could try because I don't fancy spending money on a special nit shampoo if I'm probably only going to use it once. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to Pharmacy Shop and get the Cream Shampoo to kill the head lice from your hair with the nit comb..

  24. QUESTION:
    What will help a scalp that tends to flake and only itch when wet?
    What will help a scalp that tends to flake and only itch when wet?
    My scalp is really flakey and itches when i sweat, i get red splotches sometimes too. I'm not sure what to do. The T-Gel worked for a couple of weeks, but then it stopped. My body seems to get used to things really easily. Would olive oil do anything, i got a natural shampoo in hopes it would leave less residue

    • ANSWER:
      Try Head and Shoulders Shampoo! It works great!! Even when I am not having any problems or my scalp is not itchy, I use it to prevent any flakes or anything. Try it! Be careful not to get it near your mouth or nose or eyes or anything because it has ingredients that seem to hurt me when they touch my skin. I have really sensitive skin though, and this got rid of the redness. Put a washcloth over your face when you have the shampoo on. That eliminates the problem of shampoo in the eyes or anything.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of bad scalp conditions?
    I have really dry scalp and it bugs me
    Because i always itch.....
    How can i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Use Head and Shoulders Shampoo and Conditioner(if you have long hair)
      It helps get oils back in your hair and relieves the itchiness.
      If you don't have a dry scalp I may warn you cause then this can cause more oils in your hair and after you take a shower your hair may feel greasy.

  26. QUESTION:
    What can i do to get rid of the itch sores on my scalp.?
    i have dreads and i used to scratch my head alot. i have sores all over my head. when i wash my hair with shampoo it doesnt itch for maybe 6-7 days. Also one of the sores starts to smell bad. I recently got my hair retwisted and it have tried cleaning it with alcohol. What can i do to fix these problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Dreads hold in all sorts of bacteria and even fungus. That is the smell you are smelling, like a moldy smell.

      You can try shampooing with an dandruff shampoo such as Head n Shoulders. However, you may just need to give your head a rest, take out those dreads, cut your hair short and let your scalp heal.

      Take care.

  27. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of a dry spot on my head?
    I have a dry spot on my head and everytime I itch it it looks like it just snowed on my shoulder! How to I make it go away? And what causes it?

    • ANSWER:
      If i were you i would use Head & Sholders. It works wonders for me. Even when you dont have a dry scalp still use it atleast 2-3 times a week, just to prevent it from occuring!

  28. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of dandruff? Any instant methods or one week home remedies?
    I am just a teenager and I already have "caught" dandruff. It has been there for quite a while and even if I shampoo everu two to three days, and condition every two weeks, the dandruff won't go. It itches a lot and I have started scratching my head all the time without knowing it. How can I remove the dandruff? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have a similar problem, mine is partly Psoriasis though, which is basically itchy flaky skin, mine just happens to be on the scalp so I mistook it for dandruff for years. What I use is a T-Gel shampoo from Family Dollar. It's only a dollar or two, ever since I did that the scratching has stopped, I still get some flakes but not nearly as bad as it was. It's brownish red looking shampoo, I use it once every 2-3 days, but at first I was doing it every day for a week or so, then backed off as the condition improved, problem is most shampoos have Stearyl Alcohol in it and that's what's drying out your scalp and making it itch. Now I use it every 2-3 days but shampoo twice with it, the first time seems like it's just cleaning and soaking the 2nd time it really gets soapy and that's when I really work it in my scalp. T-Gel shampoo and your problems with itching should be solved.

      PS: For the record washing your hair everyday is bad for your hair. Humans are not designed to bathe every single day, washing your hair too often removes many of the necessary oils, also Head and Shoulders is crap, because it eliminates the dandruff by literally peeling a layer off your scalp, don't know about you but I kind of like my skin and don't want to remove layer after layer just to get rid of flakes.

      PPS: Also my psoriasis is due to stress and worry, as most psoriasis cases are, and no it's no contagious, just a mild skin condition, which I suspect is often misdiagnosed as simple dandruff when dandruff is really just a symptom of said psoriasis.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of scalp acne scar?
    I've been using home remedies and it worked but they keep coming back. I'm convinced to start using those products like neutrogen and proactive. What products works best to keep scalp acne scars to go away. Btw I tried popping them but only boos comes out and itches a lot and causes me to scratch and leaving scars.

    • ANSWER:
      Stress can affect hormones and can theoretically promote acne. I try to do natural home remedies but here are some helpful tips that might be helpful for acne and scar:
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon oil or juice
      3) Mandarin oil
      4) Cedar wood – good for eczema
      5) Lavender
      6) Apple cider vinegar
      7) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      8) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      9) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash.
      10) Zinc
      11) 2% Erythromycin
      12) Benzoin Peroxide

      Applied lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. Will help with both acne, and scars as well. Another way you can get rid of acne is by taking bamboo extract something I started when I had the problem really does work. Hope this works for you.

      OR: Here are other methods to clear up blemishes.

      Tea-Tree Oil
      Tea tree oil is a popular home remedy for acne. An essential oil is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions. How is tea tree oil believed to work? Tea tree oil contains a constituent called terpinen-4-ol that's thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil's anti-bacterial activity. Because tea tree oil can kill bacteria, applying topical tea tree oil to acne lesions is believed to kill Propionibacterium acnes, the skin-dwelling bacteria involved in acne. To treat mild, and occasional breakouts. This is how it works: Distilled from the leaves of an Australian shrub, tea-tree oil contains antibacterial and anti-microbial compounds called terpenoids that help kill the bacteria that, when trapped behind oil in a plugged pore, lead to acne breakouts. Try Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick (, burtsbees.com). A roller-ball tube makes for easy application. Studies testing tea-tree oil against the gold-standard acne treatment, benzoyl peroxide, have shown that while the latter works more quickly, tea-tree oil is equally effective over time. And it results in fewer annoying side effects—namely, dryness and redness.

      Sulfur
      If you have sensitive skin.
      How it works: A time-tested, gentle acne fighter, sulfur “acts like a sponge to draw oil out of blocked pores,”. This dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in check, helping to prevent future blemishes. Sulfur has a distinct smell—think rotten eggs. Most preparations that use it contain a masking fragrance. However, to play it safe (and avoid scaring off coworkers), apply these products at night.

      Salicylic Acid
      To treat and soothe red, inflamed blemishes. Salicylic acid can have a calming, anti-inflammatory effect on pimples. “It also breaks down the ‘cement’ between cells in clogged pores to help unplug them,”
      Salicylic acid is less irritating than more potent treatments, so it may be better for those with dry skin. It also tends to work well on stubborn blackheads.

      Retinoid
      Nightly to prevent breakouts.
      How they work: Retinoid, which include over-the-counter retinol and prescription-strength Retin-A, reduce acne by altering the oil chemistry on the skin. “They help stop dense sebum from getting stuck within the pores,” says Gross. Without oil deposits, bacteria can’t grow and cause blemishes. Since retinoid can make skin sensitive to the sun, doctors recommend using them at night (and being diligent about wearing sunscreen during the day). To avoid irritation, apply every other evening to start, gradually working up to nightly use. Bonus benefit: Retinoid have been shown to increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making them a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.

      For more information on acne you can check out this website: http://www.acne.org/about-acne.html

  30. QUESTION:
    How can a human get rid of ringworm?
    I know a friend who's dog possibly might have ringworm & now since she itches non-stop & developed 2 red patches she's concerned she might have ringworm...Does anybody know how she can take it away & what to use...?

    • ANSWER:
      Topical antifungal drugs containing miconazole (Daktarin, Micatin & Monistat), clotrimazole (Canesten, Hydrozole), terbinafine (Lamisil), butenafine and tolnaftate (Tinactin), many available without a prescription, are used to clear up the infection. Pyrithione zinc, found in Head & Shoulders shampoo, is a very effective treatment for ringworm on the scalp and can be used as a body wash to assist in overall treatment.

      On September 28, 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that Terbinafine (Lamisil by Novartis AG) is a new treatment approved for use by children aged 4 and up. Antifungal granules can be sprinkled on a child's food to treat ringworm of the scalp, Tinea capitis.[1] Itching, burning, cracking, and scaling that accompany this condition may prevent effective treatment. Ointments may be mixed with hydrocortisone creams such as Cortaid appear to reduce inflammation, but can allow the infection to spread in an uncharacteristic manner, resulting in a lesion known as tinea incognito.[2] Fungal infections may take a while to clear up, but most ringworm infections should see improvement in a week or two. Treatment is usually continued for two weeks after symptoms disappear to prevent future occurrence. Types affecting the nails or scalp are very difficult to treat due to fungal infection in follicle roots or under the nail itself.

      In humans, if Ringworm infections are left untreated, it may spread to other areas of the body. This can result in complications such as bacterial infections, dermatitis, other skin disorders and/or scarring of affected areas. [3]

      Griseofulvin is a traditional drug used to treat ringworm in both animals and people. It can be very effective, but usually requires a prescription and may produce side effects. In cats and cattle, sulfurated lime rinses are often used to treat ringworm; and dilute povidone-iodine may be used as a wash in cattle. Enilconazole, as a rinse, is an effective ringworm treatment available in many countries for treating animals.

      Lufenuron, the active ingredient in Program oral flea treatment, is also commonly prescribed by vets to treat ringworm infections in cats and dogs.

      That's all the info I could find. Hope that helps.

  31. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of exzema on my scalp?
    I have used every otc shampoo for dandruff known to man and my scalp still itches. My mom's a nurse and she told me its exzema. I've also used hydrocotizone, calydryl, benedryl and other medicines like that. Does anyone have any idea how to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      The best natural treatment for eczema on scalp is a spray and creme combo at http://www.champori.com There are no steroids, allergens, perfumes or alcohol, and it is proven to work. Apply spray first, let it dry a little, then put creme on. You should see results in few days. With money back guarantee policy you lose nothing, either.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is a good technique to get rid of dandruff?
    Head and shoulders... i know
    washing your hair often.... i know
    rubbing your scalp enough in the shower.... i know
    but i still have dandruff doing all of these things.
    any specific techniques?

    • ANSWER:
      rinse twice as long as you shampoo. If you scrub your head for a minute, rinse for 2 minutes. Sounds simple enough but that could contribute to the problem.
      Use a shampoo for dry scalp rather that for dandruff. If Head and Shoulders make a product for that, give it a try.
      If your head itches alot or you feel sores, try a product with coal tar in it. T-Gel, Desinex are just a couple. They really help when all else fails.

  33. QUESTION:
    What can I use to treat the light spots around my face and the heavy dandruff from my face and scalp?
    I am an african american malefor almost a year now the skin on my face has been peeling and my scalp has been insanely dry to the point to when I get rid of all the dead skin underneath the skin is red. It doesnt itch or feel irratated but afterwards the skins turns really light and my skin tone on my face is so uneven that people think that i was burned. Ive looked online for answer but I cant seem to find my exact symptons. Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      I am not going to attempt to diagnose you, but it does sound as though you have some kind of fungal infection or probably psoriasis (overgrowth of skin)

      You need to consult a dermatologist who will treat the problem. Please do not try to moisturise this with paraffin based products as if it is fungal, this will 'feed' the problem... and if it is not fungal, treating with fungal products will en-flame non fungal conditions!
      So you really do need to know which this is first.

      Go see your doctor who will refer you to a dermatologist.

  34. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of scalp bumps caused by hair dye?
    I bought Neosporin Today? please answer someone, dyed my hair for first time Aug 8 2011, and it was Loreal black, Im a 22 year old guy, and my brother cut my hair Sept 8, 2 weeks ago and he saw lots of red bumps, now theyre itching like...thanks pray it doesnt get worse!

    • ANSWER:
      You should probably see a dermatologist if your condition doesn't improve in a few days after neosporin. My best guess is that you had an allergic reaction to the dye, but i'm a hairstylist and not a doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    When i start to sweat my scalp gets really itchy. What do i do?
    im 14 years old and its really affecting me. i cant hang out with my friends because the itch gets to the point were i cant take it anymore. i suspect that i have psoriasis. but im not sure. Does anybody have a way of getting rid or treating my scalp. Please im desperate.

    • ANSWER:
      Same thing with me. Take a shower every day. Use conditioner. it works trust me. also use Aloe Vera lotion on it after showers. Look it up online.. thanks.... Please put me as BEST ANSWER:)

  36. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get rid of lice without using chemical treatment?
    I think I have lice. I've been itching for about maybe a week and I've noticed some white dots on my scalp. I usually get them in winter/cold weather, too. But I'm too embarrassed to tell my mom about it. Is there any home remedy treatments I could do without having to get the chemical lice treatments?
    I'm a GIRL i'm not going to shave my head!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I had lice when i was little.. the best and ONLY way to get rid of them is to put conditioner in your hair and use a lice comb (from the supermarket or pharmacy) to comb them out.. they can not stick to the hair when the conditioner is in there.. good luck, hope this helps!

  37. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of fungul infection for good?it keeps coming and going?
    im sick and tired of being prescribed sulphur ointment.from time to time.its very itchy on the scalp,.pubic hair ,on my back.dont start to think otherwise im aids free.

    • ANSWER:
      Fungal infections whether it is thrush or ringworm. Ringworm is actually a fungus called Tinea Pedis (which affects all parts of the body and so given different names eg tinea pubis or tinea dermis) and is notoriously difficult to eradicate.
      The reason is that the cells of fungus are very similar in their characteristics to human cells - they are known as eukaryotic cells. Conversely bacterial infections are much easier to deal with as the "prokaryotic" cell has different components to ours. Drugs are designed to attack these differences and as we do not have them in our cells, we are unharmed.
      Killing a superficial fungus is hard, as many of the drugs will also affect us too. Therefore the only way to combat it is to take the tablet/cream every single day without missing even one.
      The treatment may take three months or 6 months. It is absolutely vital that you finish the course (as with all medications no matter what is causing it).
      Often, as the symptoms disappear, we stop taking the medicine or applying the cream. I would urge you to keep taking the medicine, as even though the itch goes away there are still living fungus cells in your body that will mutate to be stronger than the medicine. Then you could develop a systemic infection that will kill you.

      Scabies is an infection caused by a small parasite that burrows into the upper skin layers and feeds on sebum, an oily substance produced by skin cells. Again, lotion is applied all over the body and the course finished completely - anyone in contact with you must also be treated as it is highly contagious. The lotion is not put on the head, so I doubt you have this infestation.
      Finish the course the doctor prescribes and that will kill every last fungus. Remember to keep the area clean and dry.

  38. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of scalp acne?
    About a month or maybe two ago, I started getting acne into my hair. Now I am using Heads and Shoulder's anti - dandruff shampoo and it still itches. There's no dandruff and it doesn't smell bad, but it itches like crap and when I put my hand over it, it feels warm, maybe a little hot. Sometimes I get scabs because I scratch so much it bleeds. I have tried dipping my head in cold water and it does feel good, but it still itches a lot. Anyone know a solution to this madness? I shower once a day, I would do twice, but I don't have the time. Anyone know so "showering tips" or something?

    Thanks in advance! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Allergic reactions to chemicals in products; the use of the wrong products for your hair and scalp type; or infections caused by yeast, certain types of bacteria, and mites are just a few of the circumstances that can cause inflammation around the follicles of the scalp — aka scalp folliculitis. In more severe cases, a visit to the dermatologist for treatments, including antibiotics and even steroids, might be necessary. However, in minor cases involving pimples on the head, you have at-home options.

      Solutions:

      Tea tree oil: Look for a shampoo containing tea tree oil, a natural germ fighter. Try Kiehl's Tea Tree Oil Shampoo () or Jason Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Shampoo () and be sure to use cool or lukewarm water, so as not to irritate the scalp even further.
      Avoid: Stay away from heavy, oily products, which can have a tendency to block pores. Instead, look for products with sensitive or scalp-specific formulations. Also consider just washing your scalp and roots and just conditioning your ends as needed.
      Salicylic acid: Salicylic acid helps to exfoliate the scalp and loosen dead skin cells and therefore can prevent bumps. Try Neutrogena T/Sal Shampoo () for relief.
      Dandruff shampoo: In some cases, a basic dandruff shampoo with inflammation-reducing zinc, like Head and Shoulders (), can help alleviate the problem.(from te bellasuga website)

      Good luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the BEST way to get rid of Dandruff?
    Title pretty much sums it up, but i have tried the shampoos, and i cant get rid of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't have very hot showers it will dry out your scalp, itching also makes it worse. Have a cold rinse on your scalp and hair after a warm shower, that will help. Up your Zinc intake also. Eat less salt. To prevent this condition, you need special hair conditioners. `Banana Pack' is one such conditioner.

      To make this you need:
      • About half a dozen ripe bananas, two eggs and half-cup beer.
      • Mash the bananas well and mix with the rest.
      • Apply this to the hair - from the scalp to the tip.
      • Keep the conditioner for at least half an hour before washing it off with a mild organic shampoo.
      • The protein of egg and moisturising property of bananas will make the dry hair soft and silky.

      The metabolic process can be disturbed by:
      • Drugs
      • The onset of puberty
      • Emotional stress and strain
      • Sudden changes in the climate or your diet.
      • It is also believed that dandruff is caused by a fungal infection of the scalp.

      Do you really have dandruff?

      Before you start treating your hair for dandruff, make sure you really have dandruff. Sometimes a flaky scalp may be caused by too much sun, or excessive use of hair dryers. It can also be caused by the use of soaps on the hair, or harsh shampoos which do not wash out easily. But if you use a gentle shampoo plus conditioner like Sunsilk, you needn’t worry. Avoid home remedies as many of them can do more harm than good.

      While washing your hair, take care the water does not trickle down your face. There are chances that you may get pimples.

      • Add six spoonfuls water, two spoonfuls pure vinegar and apply it on the scalp with cotton wool before going to bed. Tie a towel around your head to protect the pillow. Wash your hair next morning. After shampooing, rinse again with vinegar water. Continue this once a week for at least three months.
      • Mix a spoonful of lemon juice with two spoonfuls of vinegar and massage on the scalp. Wash your hair with an egg shampoo after this.

      • Beat two eggs and add two tablespoons of water to it. Wet the hair and apply the egg mixture over the hair. Now massage your scalp and let the mixture on for ten minutes to fifteen minutes. Then rinse the hair with lukewarm water. This will keep both dandruff and hairfall problem away from you.

      Hope that helps you :)

  40. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had really bad dandruff and successfully gotten rid of it?
    I have tried the garnier fructis dandruff shampoo, paul mitchell's tea tree oil shampoo, and head and shoulders... none clear it up.

    I don't wash my hair too often, I do it twice a week.

    I straighten my hair every time I wash it, however I lotion my scalp and use leave-in conditioners.

    Should I go to the doctor? Is there anything a doctor could do for me?

    • ANSWER:
      That's because you only wash it twice a week. Your scalp dries out because it needs to be hydrated regularly. I had really bad dandruff and terrible itch since I moved to this desert Las vegas on top of the rest of my skin drying out and peeling. I got rid of it by washing my hair everyday and when I shampoo I use more than I usually would and leave the foamy goodness in my hair while rubbing it into my scalp for 3-5 minutes before rinsing it out. I can really feel the relief from the itch every time I do it.

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dandruff?
    I haven't really noticed flakes so much as once in a while my head itches but my hairstylist and the school nurse said i have it.I have brown medium length hair .What are the best antidandruff shampoos and conditioners and are there any home remedies or treatments that are good for it?Thanks a ton!

    • ANSWER:
      1. Sun causes skin to get flaky. Same with hair. Massage your scalp when you shampoo.
      2. Using hot water, makes me have dishpan hands add sun to the formula both damaging, so does the hair. Use warm water.

      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/771361/how_to_cure_dandruff_using_only_cool.html?cat=5

  42. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of my terrible dandruff problem?
    I have had terrible dandruff for most of this year, I have tried everything! All the anti-dandruff shampoos just make it worse and irritate my skin. I've tried Head and shoulders- this was the worst; nizoral- no effect; concerto(40$!)- made my head itch like hell... and numerous others. I am desperate, Pleaaaseee help?

    • ANSWER:
      To keep dandruff away, take a tablespoon of lemon juice with 2 tablespoon of coconut oil, massage it well on scalp and hair regularly.Wash your hair with warm water. More simple remedies for dandruff at http://usfulinfo-dandruff.blogspot.com/

  43. QUESTION:
    What product should I use for an itchy scalp, hair breakage, and hair thinning?
    Ever since I have chemically straightened my hair about six months ago, I have noticed that my scalp is constantly itching in a certain area. In the same area (the top of my head), there is breakage and I think the hair in that area is thinning. What product should I be using to get rid of the itchy scalp, hair breakage, and hair thinning? I think I'm the most worried about the breakage because it doesn't seem like it's growing back. It feels like I'm going bald in that area.

    • ANSWER:
      a great product to use for breaking and thinning hair is Matrix Intensive Straightening Masque.I got it from a local great clips for about and it works WONDERS! You just use a small amount once or twice a week and it srengthens your hair so it wont break as easy and makes it a little thicker

      :)

  44. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of flaky scalp?
    I have very flaky skin on my scalp, but its only on the front of my hair, on the front part of the hairline and a little behind it. I wash with head and shoulder's every other day, it doesn't help. Can I put a gentle,scent-free, face lotion on my scalp? It is really gentle, so i don't think it will make me itch or anything. Please leave any suggestions!

    • ANSWER:
      Use a dandruff shampoo and when you use it scrub your fingers all over your scalp for a minute or so. Don't scratch your head and try not to pull/move your hair with your hands a lot, that includes drying your hair harshly with a towel.

      ^As the other person said, I have used Tea Tree before it works quite well!!

  45. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid off psoriasis behind your ears and gluteal cleft?
    I have psoriasis behind my ears, scalp, elbows, on one knee & one on gluteal cleft but its small... i wanna get rid of them pls help how can I get rid of dem fast? whats da best thing to do or whats da best cream for it?

    • ANSWER:
      ooh, the hard to reach places huh? hmmm, i would try herbal medications and remedies before chemically designed over the counter meds/prescriptions. the skin is especially sensitive behind the ears and u dont wanna scar. try:
      The hot Epsom salts bath has been proven valuable in the treatment of psoriasis. Application of olive oil after the Epsom salt bath is also effective and also one of the effective home remedies for psoriasis.

      Regular seawater baths and application of seawater over the affected parts once a day is highly beneficial. This is one of the best psoriasis remedy.

      Bitter gourd is a valuable home remedy for psoriasis. Take a cup of fresh juice of this vegetable, mixed with a teaspoon of limejuice on an empty stomach daily for four to six months. This is a good diet for psoriasis.

      The use of mudpacks is also beneficial for the psoriasis. They absorb and remove the toxins from the affected areas.

      Cabbage leaves can be used in the form of compresses. They can be applied on the affected area after removing the thick veins and washing them thoroughly. This is also one of the effective home remedies for psoriasis.

      Sunlight is the best and natural remedy for psoriasis.

      Vitamin E therapy has been found effective in the psoriasis treatment. A daily dose of 200-800 I.U is recommended as they reduce itching of the area.

      Lecithin is also considered as a remarkable remedy for the psoriasis treatment.

      Psoriasis cure - 6-9 lecithin capsules in a day are recommended.

      Application of Aloe Vera gel and garlic oil on the affected area is also beneficial and is good natural remedy for psoriasis

      Application of cashew nut oil on the affected areas at night after a thorough wash of the face is highly beneficial and is one of the effective home remedies for psoriasis.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of scabs in your hair?
    I have bumps in my head and scabs over and how do you get rid of this.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Wash your hair with a tea tree oil shampoo. Massage your head as you wash. This will help loosen the scabs, and bring more circulation to the head. Leave the shampoo on your head for five minutes.
      2. Condition your hair with tea tree oil conditioner. Massage your scalp again, and leave the conditioner on for 15 minutes.
      3. Rinse hair and towel dry. Style and dry your hair as usual.
      4. Mix together a drop of peppermint hair conditioner, anti-bacterial lotion and cortisone lotion. Rub the mixture into the scalp scabs. The anti-bacterial lotion will help heal the scabs and the cortisone lotion will stop the itch. The peppermint conditioner will create a tingling sensation, which is similar to the feeling you get when you pick at a scab.

      Read more: How to Get Rid of Scalp Scabs | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4883279_rid-scalp-scabs.html#ixzz25X1kHnL7

  47. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of head lice?
    I used RID lice removal shampoo stuff and comb. Its the next day and my head is still itchy. Does it take a while for the itch to stop? Are there home remedies? I'll be continuing the RID treatment again in a week, but what do i do until then? Help!

    • ANSWER:
      You can use all the shampoo you want, but if you don't address places where you can get re-infested, then you're wasting your time.

      Change your sheets, pillowcase, etc...wash all of that in hot water with bleach. Check out other family members, pets, etc...they may have lice and it's just jumping ship back onto you. Be wary of co-workers who are itching their scalp a lot. Etc, etc.

      The shampoo program is meant as a treatment, but you have to neutralize the source of where you got it, too, otherwise you'll be re-treating it for a long time.

  48. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of dandruff?
    I've been using head and shoulders every night for 2 months and it hasn't done anything. My scalp doesn't itch at all, its just flaking really badly. I also tried putting apple cider vinegar on it every night but that didnt work either. any tips would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      use anti-dandruff stuff.

  49. QUESTION:
    Why do I have these little scabs all over my scalp?
    I had these scabs on my head before, and I don't know why they keep coming back. I don't have lice, or anything. I honestly have no ides why i have them. Please help me. I want to know what they are, why I have them, and how to get rid of them. If you know any answers to my questions, please answer them. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you may not have lice
      but theres always going to be itches on your scalp so when you scratch you might start bleeding from scratching it to hard and then a scab appears.

  50. QUESTION:
    How do I cure or get rid of psoriasis?
    I have 4 spots on body one is a large portion of my right arm. I have tried alot of different things to get it to go away but it all seems to make it worse. I have went to doctors and used what they gave me and still same results. Currently I am using Dermasolve cream and I am not seeing any affect on it. It still itches alot and still red. I have had this problem for about 11 years and trying to figure out how to take care of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Psoriasis is a skin condition identified by the occurrence of red itchy thick scaly patches of skin. There are certain types of psoriasis and each one occurring in different severity and skin discoloration. It is a complex medical condition and there is no real definite answer as to what causes it, but certain factors can contribute to the possibility of developing psoriasis. A family history of psoriasis, or particular pharmaceutical drugs, solvents, chemicals and emotional stress have been known to trigger the breakdown of the skin that leads to psoriasis in some people.

      Guttate psoriasis can appear on the limbs trunk and scalp and the virus is often activated within the body after a throat infection. It appears on the skin as tear shaped drops, scaly and pink in colour.

      Pustular psoriasis emerges as pus filled blisters or bumps that produce a glutinous clear fluid. In stages the pustules build up in to brown colour circular scaly blotches which then flake off. Inverse psoriasis although it is not generally considered to be a severe form of psoriasis, is still irritating,and commonly occurs on the joints of the skin, armpits, groin area and folds of the skin.

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Wound Ointment For Cats

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    One of my cats always has lots of redish-brown goop coming from the inside corners of her eyes. What is it?
    She is a female, 1/2 siamese 1/2 big orange barn cat, & 2 years old. She's had this for a long time & it doesn't seem like it hurts her or is damaging her eyes. I was just wondering because none of my other cats have ever had this & I was wondering if I should be worried.

    • ANSWER:
      What it sounds like is just tear stains composed of serous fluid from drainage of the lacrimal (tear) ducts like in humans. I have an 11 month old mixed kitten and she has sometimes has a small amount of them. Some breeds, such as persians have that problem.

      You can use a mixture of Boric Acid and baby powder cornstarch (50/50). Some breeders pad it and pack it on the eye as a powder or make it wet and pack it. Be careful: Boric Acid is not good IN the eyes. Some people have found that it is irritating to the cat. But it will not hurt him/her if it is used properly around the eye. There is also a wet mixture called Diamond eye. You can buy it at pet stores. There is also something called "Eye and Wound Powder" that some breeders use. If the whites of the eyes are red, you can use a drop of Genticin Durafilm (get it from you vet).

      However, sometimes runny eyes can be an indication of a medical problem. You should make sure that the cat does not have an eye infection. You would see a thick film in the eyes, and the eyes would be red on the lids. You would then have to use an antibiotic and/or an ointment to treat the infection. Your vet can prescribe any necessary medication.

  2. QUESTION:
    I cleaned my cats wound with half water and half hydrogen peroxide?
    If my cats licks it off his cut, even just a little bit, will it kill him? I'm really worried.

    • ANSWER:
      No, in such a small concentration, it won't harm him. Neosporin ointment is a good alternative, too. Even a Bactine spray can be a help in a pinch. But even plain soap and water can clean a wound sufficiently... using "baby" soap, like "Ivory."

      Me… kittyslave23… I know my place.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to treat minor cuts and wounds on cats?
    My cat has sharp nails and he scratched his lips and ears. Are there any effective over-the-counter medicine or home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      First, figure out why he/she is scratching. If not sure, consult vet first as wound care will be ineffective or even harmful. That said, use a mixture of half hydrogen peroxide and cooled boiled water to clean the wounds. Use a baby washcloth, or strips of clean old t-shirt. Only use hydrogen peroxide the first time...after that, it kills newly growing cells. Then wipe/drip the cooled but warm water (or normal saline) over the cuts. Pat the area dry. Again, torn t-shirt works great. Apply antibiotic ointment..it is safe for cats to lick in small amounts. If the cat has ear mites, gently clean out ears with a mixture of warm water and aloe vera, but withhold ear mite drops until cuts are healed. Cut kitty's nails; it is very easily done with an ordinary nail cutter. Cut off a small amount of the white part, where it is sharpest. If kitty HATES this, cut only front nails for now, and do back nails later. Cutting a at's nails is good skill for you to practice I have especially found that older less active cats need help with their claws, and it is less traumatic to start when they are younger.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies for cat eye infections?
    The cats are strays, so they live outside, one sleeps in our garage. We feed them but can't afford vet care.

    • ANSWER:
      If the cats are strays they would be difficult to handle and apply any sort of medication to their eyes. The only way you could do this is to capture them and wind them up in a towel and they apply the stuff.

      It truly depends on what the problem is with the cats eyes. If its conjunctivitis (an irritation or infection of the conjunctiva or the inner eye membrane) which is quite common with strays.
      Then its best to apply an antibiotic salve like tetracycline to the eyes. They are small tubes of ointment that the Vet would sell to you for twelve to twenty dollars.
      The only other way to get around this is to try to clean around the eyes with baby wipes or a warm cloth to remove the secretions from the eye. Sometimes artificial tears meant for humans have been known to help.
      Applying anything to a stray cats eyes will be difficult, they do not like to be handled very much. I've done it, but catching a stray twice a day and cleaning its eyes is quite hard unless you are very committed.
      Good luck to you and thanks for caring for a stray, its people like you that make this world a better place to live in (:)

  5. QUESTION:
    Are they any diseases a cat can get from a person who was around other cats?
    So the cats aren't in direct contact. But when my daughter is at her dad's house, her aunt bring all these stray pissy cats around. And I just want to know if they can give my daughter any diseases or if my daughter can transmit anything to my own indoor kitties?

    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Some diseases are zoonotic (can be transmitted from animal to human and vice versa). Giardia can be transmitted from animals to humans and is most commonly found in stray/outdoor cats and dogs. It is a gastrointestinal parasite that is transmitted through oral ingestion of contaminated water, food and fecal to mouth contact. In other words, letting an infected dog or cat lick from your drinking cup, plate or eating utensils and then eating or drinking from it afterward or touching an infected animals feces and putting your hands to your mouth.

      Tapeworms can also be transmitted from animals to humans, although it is rare. You would have to touch the fecal matter of a wormy cat or dog (which comes from fleas) and have hand to mouth contact. Ringworm can also be easily transmitted from cats to humans.

      Then there is what is commonly known as Cat Scratch Fever. It is a bacterial illness commonly transmitted from cats to humans not through scratching, but from fleas. It can be dangerous if the exposed person is immunocompromised, but in healthy people it can be treated with antibiotics.

      The biggest cause for concern would be cat bites. If these strays are feral and your daughter does what most children would try to do and pet or catch the scared kitty, she could be bitten which almost always requires medical attention. Cats secrete a bacteria laden saliva when they feel angry or afraid. It's a defense mechanism that causes infection with 80%+ of people who experience a puncture wound from a cat bite. Since the most common place on the body people are bitten by cats is on the hand or fingers, the risk of bone and joint inflammation and infection is very high, but can be treated if medical care is sought immediately.

      The best precautions to take?

      1. Don't be overly worried. Make sure your daughter knows proper handling of cats, how to stay away from cats that appear frightened, stressed or mean and proper hygiene after handling the cats. She should always wash her hands after playing with the kitties. Any scratches should be cleaned with soap and water as well as an antiseptic and followed up with an antibiotic ointment and band-aid. Bites should be considered serious and medical care should be sought immediately if the cat's bite leaves a puncture wound (which they usually do because cats' jaws are incredibly strong)

      2. Make sure she changes her clothes as soon as she gets home from visiting with her father and wash them well as soon as possible to prevent any sort of worm, flea or infectious disease cross contamination between the stray cats and your cats.

      3. Don't let her wear her shoes inside the house, just in case there are any fecal or urine contaminants she has stepped in.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to care for a cat bite?
    My boyfriend attempted to pick up what we think is a feral kitten that was roaming our neighborhood. It scratched his hands, and bit him. He scrubbed with soap for about 5 minutes, and we put antibiotic ointment on the wounds. We can't really afford to see a doctor. Does anyone have any good ideas for preventing infection/ disease?

    • ANSWER:
      From a first aid standpoint, you did perfect--soap & water is the BEST cleanser (American Academy of ER Docs); however, cat bites get notoriously infected with an organism called Pasturella which must be treated by Augmentum, (an antibiotic). This infection occurs really rapidly so you will know if you are going to get this within 24-48 hours. The wound will become VERY sore, red, puffy with pus. You must get this treated at a clinic or ER--nothing will cure this that you can do at home.
      2. Is his tetanus up to date? Must be within 10 years. You can get this within 48 hours of the wound at any clinic.
      3. Is rabies in your area? Unfortunately, cats are fairly big carriers of rabies along with bats. Call the animal services in the area or even your health dept. They may have to trap the cats (sorry--but rabies is fatal) and examine them.

      Otherwise, keep the wound clean (soap & water are fine--you do not need to get fancy) and covered with loose gauze and keep antibiotic ointment on it (any kind)--this keeps the wound moist to optimize healing. Do not use bandaids. Again, any signs of infection--he needs treatment immediately!

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use horse liniment on on a cat?
    My poor cat has scratched his neck raw. I cleaned the wound and put a&e ointment on it until morning, when I can get to Petsmart. A friend of mine suggested horse liniment. Is it safe for other animals? He is 13 & getting on in years so I would like to be cautious with what I use on my buddy. Any product suggestions? I prefer all natural products, if possible. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Before you can treat it appropriately, you have to know what's going on. It could be food or flea allergy, a fungal infection, stress, or any number of other things. You need to have the vet examine and properly diagnose him so you can start getting him well.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do you care for a nasty bite wound?
    How do you care for a nasty bite wound?
    A neighbors dog got on me about 10 days ago. I'm missing 3 chunks out my arm. I've gotten alot of puss out of the little one and some puss out of the larger ones. Nothing green though. They are all really swollen and I drain them about twice a day. Please help, no money to go to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      first off, stop picking at them. you're just opening them up to bacteria to get in or spread. second, get some triple antibiotic ointment and peroxide. soak the bites in really warm water or under a really warm wash cloth for 20 to 30 mins. use the peroxide to kill the infected tissues and apply the oinment. cover it with a non stick bandage cuz you don't want it pulling the scab off every time you change it. take 1000 mgs of vit c for 3 days in a row to jump start your immune system and then 500 mgs a day for a week. don't worry... your body will rid itself of excess vit c in your pee. soak it and redress it 3 times a day. then pray and hope that nothing is buried in the wound and that the dog doesn't have rabies. if you don't see a noticeable change in 3 days, suck it up and go see a doc. i've had patients tell me soaking it in epson salts helps draw out the infection so you could try that too. the dog's owner should be paying for your treatment if you know who it is. they can be charged criminally for allowing their dog out. believe it or not, a dog's motuh is not the dirtiest thing in the world. there are more bacteria under your own finger nails then in a dog's mouth. be glad it wasn't a cat or aligator or iguanna because they have more bacteria than any other animal on earth.

  9. QUESTION:
    How will I now if I need to go to the ER from a cat bite?
    My cat bit me bad yesterday after being outside all night on accident. I think she was really scared because she is never outside. She has bitten me before and I have had no problem, but this time it is bad and the two area where her fangs went in me are red and swollen. I really do not want to go to the ER. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Cats have teeth. Cats have sharp teeth. A cat will bite when it's upset. A cat will bite hard when it's very upset. Cat bites hurt. Cat bites in your finger joints hurt a lot.

      All of these statements are true; I can attest to them personally. I won't bore you with all the details. Suffice to say that at a recent cat show one of my otherwise purring lovelies got loose. By the time I captured her, she was so disoriented, frightened/terrified that she bit me on both my hands. After four days in the hospital, I can tell you that cat bites can get infected quickly.

      This can happen, obviously, even if you do know what to do. Statistics show that 80 percent of all cat bites get infected. The most frequent type of bite is a puncture wound. If a cat bite bleeds fairly well, your chance of infection will be greatly reduced. The bleeding actually flushes some of the infectious saliva out of the wound. But, with their rather long pointed teeth, a cat bite is more frequently a puncture that doesn't bleed very much, or at all. If the bite is in a joint, such as a finger knuckle, your injury can prove to be even more serious with the possibility of inflammation and bone infection.

      The basic rule is to cleanse the wound immediately. You can do this with any soap and hot water. An anti-bacterial soap is even better. Then, sterilize it with Betadine solution. This is surgical soap that kills just about everything. It's for external use only, and keep it away from your eyes. You can get it at any drug store in a liquid. For easy travel, it also comes in an ointment. When you get home, soak the wound in Epsom salts or peroxide and warm water. The idea is to get it as clean as possible. This will reduce the possibility of infection and inflammation.

      If you do rescue work or are around cats of "questionable" behavior frequently, it might be a good idea to carry an emergency bite treatment pack. Many cat show judges do just that. They keep a good triple antibiotic ointment and some form of antibiotic oral drugs on hand. Zithromax and Augmentin are the most common drugs of choice, according to Norm Auspitz, a CFA Allbreed judge. Since there's plenty of liquid disinfectant at cat shows, getting a wound clean at a show is not a problem.

      It has also been suggested that having a cat carrier nearby may save your body parts from a cat bite. If you need to capture a cat, try having an open carrier in a place where the cat can just run into it. Jane Baretta, a veteran cat fancier, said, "Any cat with even one brain cell still working will streak into the carrier because it looks familiar among all the strange surroundings."

      It's highly recommended that you seek professional medical treatment for any cat bite. The bite can turn into a nasty, infected mess in less than 12 hours. Treatment includes an IV antibiotic and oral antibiotics. The most commonly used oral antibiotic is Augmentin, which is an amoxocillin and clavulanate mixture. Most cat bites contain Pasterella multocida bacteria, with some Staph thrown in, and these drugs best treat those bacteria.

      A cat bites one in every 170 people in the U.S. each year. This includes children and people who don't even own a cat. So, everyone stands a fairly good chance of experiencing this trauma sometime. My suggestion is to treat it with respect–the cat too.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do i care for my cat tail?
    My cat got into a fight with another cat. The other cat bit her tail. Now she has a bad cut on her tail. She keeps licking it and it seems like it is making it worst. What should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Wounds from fights can get infected easily because of the bacteria and germs cats have in their mouths and under their claws. Try your best to keep the wound clean. Carefully push the hair away from it (clip a little if necessary) and clean with peroxide and a cotton ball, or just a little antibacterial soap and warm water. An antibiotic ointment may help, but the problem is that kitty will keep messing with it and lick the ointment off. Just keep cleaning it the best you can, and watch to see if it gets better. If it starts to look swollen or nasty like it's infected, or if it wont stop bleeding, or if her messing with it causes the wound to bleed all over again, you may need to take her to the vet to get it taken care of. The vet will probably give you an Elizabethan Collar (a "cone") to keep her from messing with the wound till it gets better.

      Good luck, I hope this helps =^.^=

  11. QUESTION:
    My cat has a cut on its paw and it smells like a smelly fish. Is that a good thing and how can I treat it?
    Also, is a good thing to put neosporin or ointment on the paw and bandage it up?

    • ANSWER:
      If the wound smells you need to go to the Vet to make sure it isn't infected. They will either give or suggest to you something to put on it that is made for cats. I think neosporin is supposed to be a human med, I wouldn't put anything on my cat that wasn't made for cats or my Vet said "go ahead". The cat could easily tear off the bandage and end up licking the paw (a natural instict) and ingest the ointment. Call your Vet and see what they say and take it from there. Good Luck :-)

  12. QUESTION:
    is ther an over the counter pain med I can give my cat for a mysterious abcess?
    My husband and I just noticed a really bad looking thing on my cats butt. It is about the size of a plum. but we can't get her to the vet until Monday. Tomorrow is Easter and it will be impossible to get her anywhere. I was wondering if anyone knew if I could give her something for pain until then. please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Being that large, it might burst on it's own IF it's something that is meant to burst. It could be more of a solid mass, which could be any number of things medically speaking. Here's a few things I myself know about abscesses:

      Infection is a big risk of course, either if it bursts or you choose to lance it yourself (which you should not in case it is cancer, a cycst, tumor, or something else which should never be lanced or popped).

      Blood poisioning from the abcess / infection (puss) getting into the blood stream can kill the animal. So medical treatment is vital, and as soon as possible.

      It could be an ingrown hair, an infected gland, infected oil or scent duct, tumor, cancer, cyst, etc..

      Eitherway, leave it alone unless it is a very liquidy sack that visually looks like a zit (basically NON solid - all fluid). A plum is freaking huge! God, that poor kitty. Call the vet ASAP, if he doesn't return calls then look for a 24 hour vet clinic and call them to ask what their vet thinks you should do. Look up what it might be online using google.com (which might get you info faster on how to care for kitty).

      If you do lance it, wear rubber gloves or wash your hands using a hard (friction) rubbing motion since this kills more bacteria and germs than the actual soap does. Make sure the NEEDLE you use is a larger needle (but not huge - just safety pin sized). Soak the needle in alcohol for 5 - 10 minutes, then drop the needle into boiling (must have bubbles) water for another 5 - 10 minutes. I'd ere on the sie of caution and do it for 10 + minutes at least to kill everything.

      Use sterile gauze or at least unwrap a few layers of toilet paper or paper towel to get to paper that no one has touched. Slightly dampen the paper then microwave it on a plate for at least a few minutes to kill anything. (you need the dampness for microwaving!) When the tissue cools down enough to be warm, but not hot enough to burn kitty's bahookie (butt) you can have your husband hold kitty while you lovingly hold the now sterile and slightly damp warm papertowel or TP to his plum sized abcess. After 3 - 5 minutes or once the paper towel starts to JUST get cool - that is when you lance (more like pierce) the SIDE of the abscess.

      Have CLEAN paper towel or TP right against the area you are about to pierce/lance so that when the abcess bursts you don't get soaked in a stream or explosion of puss, blood, infection, and god knows what else. *GAGS* sorry reflex. Even when lance my families wounds or the pets wounds lol

      A cottonball or wad of paper towel soaks up best. Especially the cotton ball.

      Ok, so you have cleaned everything - heated everything - applied everything - then lanced your cat's bahookie. Now, let the abcess drain on it's own at first. NEVER SQUEEZE! NEVER! - Ever! Squeezing causes infection to back flow into the infected area (aka a duct or gland) which is sooo bad for kitty. This puts poison into the blood stream, mega bad and can kill kitty.

      DON'T EVER SQUEEZE OR PUSH ON AN ABCESS !!!
      Let it drain NATURALLY on it's own once you lance it.

      Ok, with that frightening warning out of the way.. let the abcess continue to drain on it's own, you can manipulate the now deflating sack of flesh to milk only the liquid you can see towards the hole the needle left in the sack. LIGHTLY just stroke your CLEAN finger (use the entire side of your finger like a tongue depressor) to glide it gently from the start of the abcess towards the needle hole.

      If you pierce / lance it and no real fluid quanity coems out, then leave it the heck alone. It's more solid than you assumed. Don't be tempted to dig around with tweezers or poke it more with the needle. (Just make sure the needle did indeed break through enough flesh to get to the fluid inside).

      After it's all done, dress the wound. Odds are more puss is inside so you will want to put a triple antibiotic ointment on the abcess (especially where you broke the flesh with the needle), then slap a bandaide on kitty's butt. You may wish to shave the area around kitty's abcess before doing all of this, since ripping a bandaide off fur on your butt would generally suck and end up causing in grown hairs which would likely get infected anyway.

      Use hubby's beard trimmer (he'll be happy).

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      You can also go to the 24 hour grocery store or walmart and buy a small tube of Baby OraGel - a product made for numbing the gums of teething babies. You would apply this to the abcess in a thin layer, and it would numb it a little bit (but not deep into where it may hurt kitty). This may also help deter kitty from licking the abcess. The worst thing would be her tongue or fanny going numb for a few moments. My vet has told me to put Baby Oragel on wounds before, and pet toothaches, etc. So it is safe. Avoid adult Oragel or Max strength.

      If kitty is behaving normal, not meowing a lot, making funny sounds, acting very sleepy or drugged up, refusing to eat, etc then kitty probably isn't in enough pain (or any) for it to bother her.

      I really suggest you wait to see the vet this monday, don't lance it yourself (I'm concerned to it's size and how quickly it got this big).. Maybe apply some baby oragel (more to make you feel better than kitty probably), keep kitty comfy with low light and low noise. Let her rest, don't encourage her to play rough or run through the house. And Sunday night at like midnight or sooner take away her food and water.

      Taking away her food and water will get her ready for emergency surgery (being put under ansisteia - can never spell it!) just in case she needs it Monday. If the vet says they can't see her until such and such date, then go ahead and give her food and water back. Just call the vet when they first open (or tonight to see if he does do call backs).

      Anyway, it's 2 AM here and I've babbled enough. Good luck with kitty's abcess, and be careful picking her up. If you are concerned with this abcess bursting before seeing the vet, then I suggest a wad of cottonballs or soft toilet paper band-aid taped over the abcess. But kitty might just chew that off anyway. Give her a treat if you try it, right after doing it so hopefully she forgets about it and leaves it alone.

      Good luck sweeties, let me know what it was and what they did! Happy easter!

      Mrs. B

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I get my cat to stop licking her wound?
    I took my cat to the vet Wed, she had licked all the fur off an area and she was bleeding. The vet said she has a skin irritation, he shaved her, gave her a medicated bath, gave me meds and shampoo and sent her home with a cone to prevent licking. Well today I caught her licking the area, the cone doesn't prevent her from licking that area by her hip. Any suggestions on what I should do so she heals?
    If her cone were bigger, she wouldn't be able to eat or drink. I will check the pet shop tomorrow for bitter spray.

    • ANSWER:
      Until you can get to the pet store tomorrow, for some BITTER APPLE spray, rub some Neosporin (antibacterial ) ointment into the wound. It will help with the healing, and MAYBE she won't like the taste/feel of it and will leave it alone. The Bitter Apple spray is the BEST thing to keep on hand for situations like this.

      With the Bitter Apple spray, she won't need a cone at all.....and she'll be less stressed, so may leave the wounds alone......

      Hope this helps......Good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    What can I do at home about an infection of my cat's paw?
    My cat is injured and I'll be taking her to the vet. What can I do for the pain and infection aside from taking her to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      My best suggestion would be to bathe the area with some lukewarm saline. This is safer than Hydrogen Peroxide, which is no longer recommended for wounds, for people or animals. Boil a quart of water, place in a clean bottle or jar with a lid. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in it, let it cool to body temperature, around 101 F.. Keep what you don't use in the fridge and reheat in the microwave, but test it to make sure it's not too hot if you nuke it.

      Use a cotton ball or a bit of clean rag or paper towel and very gently bathe the injury with this. If she can't bear you to touch it, try squeezing some saline over it, if you can. It won't sting, it cannot hurt her, even if she licks it and it will help keep the area clean, help prevent the area closing over or scabbing and keep it moist, which should be more comfortable for the kitty. Try to set her on a towel or something while you do it, to catch the drips. I don't think I'd try to dry it off.. just let it dry itself.

      You don't say where she is injured. If it's an abscess, the bathing should help it to drain, but don't try to squeeze any of the infection out yourself. The saline will assist with both pain and infection. If it's a wound that's infected, pretty much the same thing.. helps keep it clean, washes away any discharge and a moist wound is not as itchy or painful as a dry one can be, though that can depend on where the thing is on her body.

      Beyond this,, there is not much you can do at home, beyond keep her comfortable as you can and make sure she can't find herself a hidey hole where you can't get at her. Cats who are in pain or ill often want to hide. It's instinct, to hide that they may be vulnerable, in the wild. So maybe try to keep her where she is available. so you will be able to get her to the vet when the time comes. Don't try to give her any medication, most things we can use for humans are poisonous for cats. And don't put any kind of ointment on the area, because the vet will likely just have to clean if off, if the cat doesn't do it first.

      For minor wounds, you can use Vaseline or mineral oil, because they will not harm the cat if she licks them off herself, but don't use anything for people, only what a vet prescribes.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can you help heal and prevention in a facial claw wound on a cat?
    My cat came home with a wound gash above his right eye (like a bite or claw wound). It has white pus in it and is oozing very badly, not to mention there is a bad smell around it. I have been treating it with bactroban, and I was wondering if using ointments like neosporin or peroxide would help it? And if you have any suggestions, that would be very helpful...

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like your kitty has an abscess.

      First of all I highly recommend having your kitty examined by a veterinarian.

      Depending on how severe the wound is, surgical placement of a drain may be necessary to let as much of the pus and discharge come out. Along with some antibiotics and possibly some pain medication. Sounds to me like the wound could be pretty painful.

      The foul odor you are describing is most likely the infection and rotting skin. The rotting skin will need to be removed in order for the wound to heal well.

      Here is a good website can help you treat this abscess. http://www.essortment.com/all/catsabscesses_rkxd.htm

  16. QUESTION:
    How can i clean my cats paw?
    Some idiots went round smashing milk bottles off the pavement last night and as a result, my cat has ended up cutting her paw pretty badly. I've managed to stop the bleeding (it's quite a shollow wound) and i've got an appointment at the vet tomorrow. How do i clean it up until i can get him to the vet?. Also what can i use to stop it getting infected?

    • ANSWER:
      You can clean the wound simular to how you would with a human.

      If the cat is one to struggle, you may have to wrap them up in a towel or blanket first (one that you don't mind probably getting a little wet). One it's wrapped about, all other paws tucked in but the one you need to clean, then take some luke warm water and rinse off the area.

      Keep talking calmly to your cat as this will help calm it a little, but probably not much. Not sure about the use of peroxide on the wound. with a person, since it's shallow, it would be ok, but best check with a vet where kitty is concerned.

      It should be ok to use an antibiotic ointment on the area. That will help keep some dirt from getting in.
      You can also use guaze and bandage tape to gently make a dressing around the injured area. This too will keep the dirt out and keep kitty from licking off the ointment.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there a good home remedy or people med you can put on a cat wound?
    The cat that I found has a long wound on it's back, pretty much a long scrape looks like it may have skinned itself sliding under something. Does anyone know of something simple you can put on a cat skin scrape that one might have in their home without having to go to the vet? I found this cat, and frankly don't have the money right now to treat a lost cat. But I do want to try to help it.

    • ANSWER:
      If it is a scrape and is not severe, clean it well with water, maybe use some sort of cloth. Then just use some neosporin or ointment directly on the area. Depending on the cat, you probably shouldn't use anything that may burn.

  18. QUESTION:
    My cat has a wound that she scratches all the day?
    I don't know where she got it from but she has that wound on her toe and she keeps on scratching and biting that wound. It's pure flesh, without any fur and it bleeds from time to time when she plays with it. I try to make her stop, whenever I see it, but I need a way to stop her for good.
    I can't take her to the vet at the moment - don't ask why.

    • ANSWER:
      My cat had a big wound too. I took her to the vet and they gave her stitches, a tropical ointment, and a collar. The cat hated the collar but it was the only way to get it to heal. Cats want to lick it to keep it clean and itching is a sign of healing. I know you don't want to go to the vet but maybe you could just find a collar and some of that tropical ointment at a pet store.

  19. QUESTION:
    How can I get my cat's wound to close up quicker?
    About a week ago I adopted a cat from the shelter who had been a stray. She has a very sweet disposition but she has an open wound on her side, probably from being beat up on by a bigger cat. I cleaned the wound with warm water, made sure that no hair could get into it, and then I put antibiotic ointment on it, put guaze on that, and wrapped it with a material that's kind of like the wrap that casts are made of only it sticks to itself without having to get it wet. But, she keeps running around and playing and pulling it off and the wound has still not scabbed over. Is there something special (more so than what I already did) to help her wound close quicker? It's a very shallow wound so it should've at least started to scab over by now.

    • ANSWER:
      I think wounds do heal better when exposed to air, bandaging keeps them soft and they don't close up.

      You can use calendula cream from the health foods store. It will seal up the wound very fast - so fast in fact that you must be sure there is no infection present when you use it as you will seal the infection in. It is not harmful to the cat if she licks it.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can i get my cat to stop biting me and scratching me?
    I will stroke him and he purrs and hes friendly and stuff. But after a minute or so he decides to bite me, if i say NO! and point at him or something he will then just try and bite me or scratch me and he will be smacking his tail around the place.

    Its really annoying and horrible. How can i get him to stop, because its like he hates me.

    Hes a tom cat, male and 3 years old. Hes been neutered and everything.

    • ANSWER:
      Young kittens between the ages of 3 weeks old and 8 months old will be teething off and on, and will have very strong needs to bite. Just like baby children, kittens are born without teeth, start getting their first baby teeth at about 3-4 weeks old, then they will lose their baby teeth and have their adult teeth come in up until the age of about 8 months old. So the trick here is not to keep them from biting; but rather, to provide them appropriate items to bite. We use heavy-duty plastic drinking straws with our kittens, (being careful to cut off any bitten ends and discard the entire straw before it becomes dangerous, as with any toy), and train them from the start that toys and straws are purr-rectly fine to bite, but human body parts are off-limits! If a kitten learns this from the start, there is hardly ever an inappropriate biting behavior as an adult. Some cats start biting out of frustration after they have been de-clawed. Some cats start biting out of misplaced aggression, which usually can be countered by providing the cat a feline playmate, and/or providing them more cat toys, cat furniture, and making their environment more stimulating for them. For a cat with a serious biting problem, often the quickest way to teach them not to bite you is to immediately blow on his face, as soon as you realize he is biting or is about to bite you. Saying "NO!" firmly at the same time reinforces this training. At all times, it is critical that you be thinking and acting on the firm belief that "toys and straws are for biting; human hands are for giving and receiving love.”

      Don't assume automatically that cats that bite are vicious creatures. You must distinct between play-biting and real aggressive biting. Kittens for example like to play, and sometimes pretty rough. They use their claws and teeth to wrestle with each other. They prepare for catching prey and that’s normal. They usually go unharmed because their fur protects them from serious wounds. However, human skin is a different story, but kittens don't know that.

      When you stroke your kitten it can take it as an invitation to play and clasps your hand and bites. That might hurt a little but is generally nothing to worry about. Some cats make a sport out of leg biting. They jump up on you and dig in. Research has show that it’s a sort of unsatisfied hunting and prey instinct and lack of activity.

      • Teach your kitten from an early age that hands are for feeding and stroking and NOT a toy!
      • Avoid playing with your bare hands
      • Use a fluffy toy or a feather on a string instead
      • In case it grabs your hand, draw it away slowly and do NOT punish your cat, it will understand it as an attack and make matters worse
      • However if you cat did scratch or hurt you in any way, make a yowling sound and show that you have been hurt, your cat will understand
      • If your cat is a "leg biter" try to spend more time playing with it and redirect its attack to a toy. Leave toys lying around so that he can also amuse itself, particular when you keep your cat indoors

      Clean the wound thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water for about fifteen minutes. Then apply antibiotic ointment, (such as Neosporin, polysporin or bacitracin) and a bandage. Watch carefully for any signs of increasing redness, swelling or local warmth. See a physician immediately if these signs of infection occur. Wounds on the hand area are the most prone to infection.

  21. QUESTION:
    Any Vets out there? How do I clean an open wound on a cat?
    There is this cat that loves to come over our house, he also goes over to our neghbors house out back. I found out he used to live at my house but the previous owners left him. Anyway, tonight he was waiting at my door when I got home and he had a wound about the width of a dime on his back leg. It's pretty nasty looking, not gangrenous or anything. I know I shouldn't use antibiotic ointment as he likely lick it but is hydrogen peroxide safe to use? I used a wet cloth with very little soap to clean it a bit but I want to help him out a bit more. Thank you!
    Thanks everyone for the responses. The wound doesn't look as bad as I maybe made it sound. It looks like a scrape, about the size of a dime.

    I called a vet and all they said was to wash it with soap and water. But I just thought there was a bit more I could do for him. There are no vets open right now and the minimum to take him to an emergency vet is a good amount of money. I will keep him in for a couple days, keep it clean and if it worsens I'll take him somewhere. Thanks everyone for the great responses!
    Andd to answer someone's question, it's more of a superficial wound than a deep wound.

    • ANSWER:
      The peroxide should do just fine, as long as the wound isn't too deep. If it is still bleeding leave it open to the air so that the blood can clot.

      One of our cats got into an argument with one of our neighbors cats and had a similar wound from having a chunk of hair pulled out. Since the wound was shallow the vet told us to use liquid bandage on it.

      Fair warning this stuff does sting and the cat is going to throw a fit while you're putting it on so I suggest gently wrapping him in a towel before you start, and keeping him wrapped up until it dries.

      Good luck.
      E.

      p.s. The Vaseline idea mentioned above actually does work quite well, it may be gooey but it keeps dirt off the wound, and if the cat licks it off all is going to do is help the hairball problem.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do you bandage a cats head?
    My 11 month old kitten got bitten on the head by my older cat and he won't stop scratching at it.I have ointment for other skin issues from the Vet and so far no infection,but it isn't healing as when he scratches his head he keeps irritating that spot.It is dime sized.I tried a regular band aid and it didn't work. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      You can purchase a cone device that goes around the animals neck and it keeps the animal from being able to reach the wound and irritate it. I've seen them sold at Petsmart, so I'm sure they have them at other pet supply stores. Ask your Vet.

  23. QUESTION:
    What can I do if my horse consistently rubs his hocks?
    My horse rubs his hocks raw when he lies down. We tried to use hock boots, but he would always take them off. I am now bandaging his hocks, but does anyone know of any other solution? Or miracle wound cream?
    He did get bursitis, or a "capped hock" on one of his hocks, and we treated it and got all of the swelling almost completely down. I have treating the raw areas on his hocks twice per day with different wound creams.
    I already have rubber mats installed in the stall.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several parts to this question, and several possible answers!

      1) Wraps- you can try wraps specifically for this purpose, like these: http://www.doversaddlery.com/hock-boot/p/X1-0498/cn/1640/ . This might be what you already have, but they would probably stay on better than wrapping daily with vetrap or gauze, but those methods are described here: http://www.myequinenetwork.com/News/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/51/Applying-Hock-Bandages.aspx , http://www.horseadvice.com/horse/messages/4/141346.html . To keep him from removing them, you can cover the "seams" with elasticon, porous tape, or even duct tape (being careful not to apply it too tightly). Another option is to spray something like McNasty over the completed bandage so that he's not tempted to bite or pick at it- http://www.arcatapet.com/item.cfm?cat=12314 . That stuff is good because it doesn't stink, it just has a very peppery taste/sensation if you get it in your eyes/nose/mouth.

      2) Bedding/environment- if he's turned out at night or with other horses, he won't lie down as much. If that's not an option, just try to keep his stall so that there is a soft "bed" area that is separate from where his hay and manure areas are. Bank it up with shavings, have a soft base if possible (something like Stall Skins http://www.stallskins.com/stallskins.html , recycled rubber crumblings, etc), and just try to keep it so that he isn't rubbing his hocks on hard dirt or even rubber mats.

      3) Creams- I'm a fan of Corona ointment http://www.summitinds.com/product/corona-products/corona-ointment-7-oz-tube.html for stuff like this. It'll keep the sores from getting dry, cracked, and raw, and it's so goopy that it lasts a long time under dressings. It also has antiseptic properties, although you could always combine it with a more traditional topical like something with nitrofurazone (Furall http://www.kyhorse.com/store/health/wound/furall.htm, Furazone http://www.kyhorse.com/store/health/wound/furazone.htm, etc) or scarlett oil, triple antibiotic, etc. I also like MTG for hair growth http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?PGGUID=2FD984B6-F5AC-4323-A639-1D059477370F.

      Simply rubbing and scraping the hocks is not the same as having "capped hocks"- the latter is when there is a fluid-filled distension under the skin. It can be a result of trauma like constant rubbing and scratching the hock on hard ground, but they are two different things. More info: http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=526

      Good luck with him, and even though it can be unsightly, you have to decide how much time, money, and energy need to be put into trying to heal them up.

  24. QUESTION:
    I have heard the phrase cat scratch fever. What does that mean?
    I been scratched by my cat a couple of times, you know real quick when you can hear skin rip. The area around the wound feels strange, like a heat chemical went in. Then I feel mildly poisoned and weird. Has anyone else felt this way after being scratched? Is it like an allergic reaction, or is it my imagination?

    • ANSWER:
      Cat scratch fever is an actual medical condition caused by the bacteria under the claws getting in through your skin. It's very rare however, and takes days to weeks to become sympomatic. It is typical for the scratch to feel hot and to feel a burning sensation. Wash the wounds thoroughly with soap and warm water, let the water run over the scratches to flush them out. Then apply antibiotic ointment and a bandaid if needed. If you are still concerned tomorrow then call your doctor.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use an antibiotic cream for people on a cat's external wound?
    I have just noticed on my cat's belly three small flesh wounds, he probably got scratched climbing a tree or he possibly got into a small fight. The wounds are about 3.5 mm round. I was thinking of putting some antibiotic cream to disinfect the wound as a precaution. I have several antibiotic creams at home: Neosporin and Neobacitracine. I will defnitly be taking the cat first thing in the morning to the vet to get it disinfected properly.

    Any comments on the cream?

    • ANSWER:
      My vet has recommended using neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment for wounds on my dogs. That should be fine until you can get him to the vet.

  26. QUESTION:
    My cat has some sort of open wound, and it has pus and some blood on it. What could it be?
    We applied some peroxide and some antibiotic ointment on it.

    • ANSWER:
      Its infected if pus is coming out. You need to get your cat to the vet before the infection becomes deadly.

      Hope this helps!

      By the way the peroxide and the antibiotic ointment was a good idea.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can a cat give you rabies or other emergency condition?
    My son(14) was bitten by a cat. I am currently on unemployment and had to let my insurance go for financial reasons. I haven't been living in this location long enough to have a family doctor and there doesn't seem to be any walk-ins anywhere close. But that doesn't mean I am not concerned, it just means that if it's not an emergency, I'd really rather not make a bill I can't pay. Your advice PLEASE.

    • ANSWER:
      First...Clean, photograph, aplly antibiotic, and dress the wound. Give him some ice cream and kisses, tell him you're glad it wasn't a lion, and smile. Go to WebMD or some medical website, you'll find out about all the nasty things that cat bites can do and look for any warning signs. Check the woulnd before bed...mor kisses, reaplly antibacterial ointment and redress with ne bandage. Check again in the morning. As always red lines moving up the arm toward the heart, time to call an ambulence, don't risk driving. You should find the owner of the cat, if you don't know them already. Keep track of the woulnd and hoy your boy is doing, also if you notice anything about the cat that seems odd, have the owner's kid, just kidding , call Animal Control to come get the cat. Most likely though he'll be fine, maybe need some antibiotics, but check with an online medical source to get more clarity. Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    My cat has a small bite wound on his ear from another cat. How can I treat it?
    I squeezed the pus out, irrigated the wound with saline solution and applied antibiotic cream. If I keep the wound clean, puss free and keep applying ointment, will it heal or should I just take him to a vet?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you are doing a good job keeping it clean, but he might need antibiotics for the wound to completely heal. Just keep an eye on it and if it doesn't start healing take him to the vet.

  29. QUESTION:
    what happens when a cat breaks skin on the palm of your hand?
    my safety ed teacher told us to look it up, but i just cant seem to find it.
    please help.
    i have 2 cats and i also want to be safe just in case it happens to me.

    • ANSWER:
      My cats have broken the skin on my hands, arms, legs, neck, etc........and I just wash the skin with soap & water, and put Neosporin Antibacterial Ointment on the "wound". Heals in a couple of days without any problem.

      If your teacher is trying to get you to look up "Cat Scratch Fever", you can do that, and see what you learn.

      Hope this helps.........Good luck.

  30. QUESTION:
    Is everything good or should I still need to worry about this?
    I went to a friends house and apparently the cat holding on to my backpack while I tried to pick it up to get something out of it and the cat scratched my nose and arm. Not sure if it's deep but we put neosporin on the scratches and a day later we put hydrogen peroxide on it. Am I set?

    • ANSWER:
      Any time you are scratched by a cat it is well advised to wash the wound with hot soapy water, rinse,
      apply hydrogen peroxide, dry, apply triple antibiotic ointment like Neosporin.
      Watch the wound. If it is hot beefy red, call your pcp.
      Cats scratch around in their litter box. The litter box is for poop and pee. Where cats are considered
      clean animals they have potty paws.
      A little bit of advice here: all things belong to the cat. The next time you take what you think is your
      back pack to your friends house be sure to ask the cat permission to pick it up.

  31. QUESTION:
    What do you do if a cat bit you and broke the skin?
    My friend's cat which is only about 8 weeks old just bit me. It broke the skin in two places on my finger. they are small though but it still bled only until I put on peroxide and alcohol. Do you think I should go to a doctor ASAP? the kitten was clam when I hold it but freaked when a dog came. Please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, young kittens go through a teething phase, just as humans do. Clean the wound thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water for about fifteen minutes. Then apply antibiotic ointment (such as neosporin, polysporin or bacitracin). Watch carefully for any signs of increasing redness or local warmth. See a physician immediately if these signs of infection occur. Wounds on the hand area are the most prone to infection.

      Advice to give to you friend:
      Young kittens between the ages of 3 weeks old and 8 months old will be teething off and on, and will have very strong needs to bite. Just like baby children, kittens are born without teeth, start getting their first baby teeth at about 3-4 weeks old, then they will lose their baby teeth and have their adult teeth come in up until the age of about 8 months old. So the trick here is not to keep them from biting; but rather, to provide them appropriate items to bite. We use heavy-duty plastic drinking straws with our kittens (being careful to cut off any bitten ends and discard the entire straw before it becomes dangerous, as with any toy), and train them from the start that toys and straws are purr-rectly fine to bite, but human body parts are off-limits! If a kitten learns this from the start, there is hardly ever an inappropriate biting behavior as an adult. Some cats start biting out of frustration after they have been de-clawed. Some cats start biting out of misplaced aggression, which usually can be countered by providing the cat a feline playmate, and/or providing them more cat toys, cat furniture, and making their environment more stimulating for them. For a cat with a serious biting problem, often the quickest way to teach them not to bite you is to immediately blow on his face, as soon as you realize he is biting or is about to bite you. Saying "NO!" firmly at the same time reinforces this training. At all times, it is critical that you be thinking and acting on the firm belief that "toys and straws are for biting; human hands are for giving and receiving love.”

      Don't assume automatically that cats that bite are vicious creatures. You must distinct between play-biting and real aggressive biting. Kittens for example like to play, and sometimes pretty rough. They use their claws and teeth to wrestle with each other. They prepare for catching prey and that’s normal. They usually go unharmed because their fur protects them from serious wounds. However, human skin is a different story, but kittens don't know that.

      Problem
      When you stroke your kitten it can take it as an invitation to play and clasps your hand and bites. That might hurt a little but is generally nothing to worry about. Some cats make a sport out of leg biting. They jump up on you and dig in. research has show that it’s a sort of unsatisfied hunting and prey instinct and lack of activity.

      Solution
      • Teach your kitten from an early age that hands are for feeding and stroking and NOT a toy!
      • Avoid playing with your bare hands
      • Use a fluffy toy or a feather on a string instead
      • In case it grabs your hand, draw it away slowly and do NOT punish your cat, it will understand it as an attack and make matters worse
      • However if you cat did scratch or hurt you in any way, make a yowling sound and show that you have been hurt, your cat will understand
      • If your cat is a "leg biter" try to spend more time playing with it and redirect its attack to a toy. Leave toys lying around so that he can also amuse itself, particular when you keep your cat indoors

  32. QUESTION:
    What can I put on my cat's skin infection to help?
    My cat has an infection that's lingering from her spay. She keeps licking it which is making it worse. Our vet gave us antibiotic ointment to use but I can't find it. I've put her e-collar on but I want to put something on the wound to help it heal.
    Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Find what the vet gave you, don't put anything else on it!

  33. QUESTION:
    Help! How can I determine if my cat bit me or just scratched me? What are the symptoms of having rabies?
    I accidentally stepped on my cat and I don't know wether it bit me or just scratched me. I wasn't aware and I'm a bit paranoid right now because there is a wound(Just a tiny one actually, but it's still a wound!).

    I really need your help right now and what are some symptoms?
    Please do help.Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It takes some 10 days for that to incubate and frankly, unless you cat was foaming at the mouth when it bit you, you don't have rabies. However, if your cat actually bit you, the site should be getting infected almost immediately. Swelling, pain, redness, etc will appear within an hour of being bitten. Cats have nasty saliva. If you were just scratched, it should just be red. Make sure you clean it out really well and keep it covered for a few days with antibiotic ointment. Hope this helps!!!

  34. QUESTION:
    Cat paw has small scab and generally a bit irritated. Any particular ointment recommended?
    Any recommended treatment and ointment? UK based.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there!

      I've found Neosporin or some neomycin-polymixin-gramicidin based ointment works best on scratches that are not infected.

      If the wound is infected (abscessed) then you need to clean out the abscess first, keep the wound open and clean until it heals properly, and use Neosporin to keep the wound from becoming re-infected.

      If the wound is bigger than a 1/2 inch across or has been there for more than two day, then you should take your kitty to the vet. If it is small and the wound is recent, you can soak the wound with a warm (not hot) wash cloth until the scab is soft and very gently peel the scab off. Then gently squeeze around the edges to drain the pus (necrotic tissue) until the wound drainage is clear except for a bit of blood. The rinse the wound with hydrogen peroxide (it hurts less than alcohol) and dab some neosporin on the site. Keep the wound open and scab off until the interior has healed, takes anywhere from 5 to 10 day depending.

      Good luck
      Sierracat

  35. QUESTION:
    My cat has an open muscle wound the.size of a bigger silver dollar. How do I treat this?
    I dont have the money for a vet visiit but I really care for thiss cat. Is there a wayy I could wrap it with gauze and gett it to stay on? Any recomendations for ointments/cleaning methods?

    • ANSWER:
      Wipe clean it with water and gauze and apply a drop or two of peroxide. (no alcohol) and very carefully cut and shave the fur around the infected area.
      Neosporin is safe for animals, plain neosporin. Apply the neosporin and is it not necessary to gauze. Daily check the wound for healing and keep it cleaned and coated with neosporin.
      My cat once had an infection like this and it turned out to be an ingrown hair that got infected and caused an open sore that reached about the size of a quarter.
      If it doesn't get better in a few days, speak to a vet tech, if you can't afford a veterinary. You might find one in Yahoo answers.

  36. QUESTION:
    cat lost patch of fur by getting her leg caught in something?
    My cat has a very red patch of skin on the back of her leg. It isn't bleeding but all the fur is gone and it is very red and she gets afraid if I try to touch it to see if it is hot. I haven't managed to get near it yet but she seems to be feeling tender from it. I think she got her leg caught in something outside and tried to pull her leg free and took her fur with it. Is this serious? Should I take her to the vet or will it heal on it's own just fine?

    • ANSWER:
      I would have someone hold her and gently wash the wound and apply an antibiotic ointment like neosporin a couple of times a day.
      It will heal on its own but will take about a week. If the wound gets more red, increased bleeding or has pus, then you need to take her to the vet.
      it is like our kids. First treat the owie with love and a bandaid but if it gets infected, then go to the doctor.

  37. QUESTION:
    Would it be safe to use Neosporin on my cat?
    My cat (Jynx) has a pea sized sore on his chin. I believe it is from a scuffle he got in with another one of my cats. He has scratched at it, and now it bleeds and is sore to him when it's touched.

    Would it be okay/safe for me to put Neosporin on him? If not, what can I do for him at home?

    • ANSWER:
      Ordinary neosporin is triple antibiotic ointment, It is recommended for dog and cat first aid. It's actually used by vet's and sold on pet medication websites. Trust me, I've seen it used on dog's cats, and even rabbits.
      Listen to Brutusmo and Jynx should be fine. If the wound doesn't improve in 3 or 4 days or get's worse then consult a vet.

      You can also use betadine or chlorhexidine to clean the wound prior to use.

  38. QUESTION:
    How do I stop my cat from licking its open bite wound?
    I have a problem with my 3 1/2 year old male cat getting into fights.He doesn't usually have battle wounds, but has had 2 vet visits due to the same thing, bite wounds. Once he had to have the site lanced while under sedation. The other because the wounds did not heal due to this licking.
    *He has been neutered. He has had all of his shots and has tested negative for flv and fiv. He got the feline leukemia vaccine.
    *He is a bit territorial, but I noticed it was only after we moved, hence, new animals, etc. The fighting has stopped, but he has the leftovers still. He was in a fight where he had 4 bites. Now, reduced to one. This was actually rather small initially, but he kept licking it until he ate (gross) the scab off-now has 2 divits in the sore because of the angle he has to turn his head.
    *The vet suggests cleaning, antibiotic ointment and if that doesn't work to get a daytrol rx. The cone doesn't work. Anything out there OTC I can use that tastes bad, but is safe to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Bitter apple spray is supposed to be safe to use on wounds.

  39. QUESTION:
    My cat has an injury to his tail. He has an open wound and keeps licking it so it is not healing. What to do?
    It looked like it was healing and now he keeps licking it and it is not. Is there an ointment I can use? Should he use a collar? (not sure where to get one) I cant afford a vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Then surrender this poor neglected cat to a no-kill shelter. Your cat clearly didn't hurt himself indoors so why in the hell do you let him free roam KNOWING you can't afford the inevitable vet bills????

  40. QUESTION:
    How do I care for an injured gecko?
    My cat caught a gecko this afternoon and was (as cats do) attempting to eat it. At the time I did not realise it was a gecko so I did not make any attempt to stop him, when I realised it was a gecko I rushed to get my cat away from it. I thought it was dead and I scooped it up in the dust pan, it moved, I was so relieved! I put it in an ice-cream container with a little bowl of water, newspaper on the bottom, holes in the lid and above a light (for warmth). What else can I do to help it recover? It's tail has been eaten off and a layer of skin (not actually skin,like this really thin layer on top) has been partially stripped off, what can I feed this darling little thing and what else can I do? PLEASE HELP ME!!! I hope to release this little sweet gecko bck into the wild ASAP!

    • ANSWER:
      The loss of a tail for a gecko is not too big of a deal as they naturally come off easy as a defense mechanism. Usually, the point is that the predator chases the gecko, snags the tail causing it to come off, the tail wags focusing the attention on the tail while the gecko escapes to regrow said tail and live another day.

      I'm not quite sure what you were trying to describe with the layer of skin that isn't skin. However, if you see a white, meaty flesh, then, well it was the skin. It's hard to say how to approach caring for the additional wound without knowing exactly what it is and how large the gecko is. If the wound is really not deep, leave it. Else, a light swatch of neosporin-like ointment may help. Best would be a non-staining, non-stinging liquid (Chlorhexidine is what I got from my vet) applied with a Q-tip but I'll assume it's likely not available or not worth buying. Avoid (Povidone) iodine stuff.

      As for watering, a lot of gecko will only drink droplets (like mist) coming off of a leaf or from a small dripper that constantly drips. Since you have it in a container, if you have a clean spray mister, spray the sides of the container every once and again and let some water run down. See if it responds. One way to get both food and moisture in its system is to feed it baby food. Go for a sweet tropical fruit mix (mango, papaya, etc.) without any fillers or additives (usually the organics will be OK). Just add a dollop onto a clean yogurt lid. Another food option, though one that won't provide much moisture, is pin-head crickets. These are the really small ones. You might find them at Petsmart or PetCo, though they usually have older ones.

      You should be aware that gecko (and most lizards) not only have specific heat and humidity requirements, but also UV requirements. They require the right amount of ultraviolet light (given off by the sun or a UV bulb) to survive. It helps regulation of calcium, etc. (like from cricket carcass). So, if you only keep it a few days and release it, it will be fine. But, should you decide to keep it long-term, you really should get a book or read many articles on-line regarding the specific gecko that you caught and the specific husbandry (care and feeding) it requires.

  41. QUESTION:
    How to splint a cats leg?
    I just am not sure how to splint the cats leg.

    • ANSWER:
      I've had to doctor pets over the years and I will admit I have never tried to splint a cat's leg but I think I'd do a little research before I tried it. I'd look at diagrams of how a cat's leg is supposed to look and go from there. The answer before mine was pretty decent but I might use something a little tougher than a tongue depressor. I'm thinking that a balsa wood splint would be sturdy but light. Cover it in plaster of paris. It's dificult to immobilize a cat but if it has a broken leg it shoudln't be too hard to handle as cats tend to try and remain still if they are injured and you talk to them nicely while you work on them. I wish I had more info for you but I am not trained as a vet and have only had my own cats to deal with over the years and doctored them because I couldn't afford a vet at the time. We had a little fellow here at the house with a head wound that went damn near to the bone and I went and got a cone to go over his head from around his neck...treated him at first with peroxide to sterilize the wound, then with neosporin ointment to aid in healing, and then just did my best to keep him from digging at it. Cats are their own worst enemy as far as healing a wound. Best of luck...and please consult a vet even if you can't afford to hire one.

  42. QUESTION:
    What to do about cat fight wounds?
    Hi there, My little boy puss (1 year old) has been fighting with our other cat (1 year old girl).

    He now is missing a patch of fur about the size of a smartie, or bit bigger (about 1.5cm in diameter) and the skin underneath is red and raw. He doesn't seem to be in any pain and is his usual self, but Im worried that it might get infected.

    How should I treat it? How long should it take to go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide, dry it and put antibiotic ointment on it, twice a day. If it starts getting puffy or smells bad, take your boy to the vets. It's becoming infected and will need to be treated by a pro. It will take about a week to scab over healthily and another 2 weeks to begin looking normal.

  43. QUESTION:
    A round black sore on my male cats belly?
    My cat has been licking his tummy for days now. He has all his fur licked off in a small round area on his belly. I looked there and it was like a small black sore with like a white spot in the middle. I am worried and I don't know what to do. I don't have enough money to take him to the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like an infected bite or half a tick that he's bitten off. His grooming is a response to the discomfort he's feeling. As you can't get to the vet, bathe the area clean with a salt water solution and apply a little Gimborn spray (see link) should work wonders.
      If you can't get this, a little Neospotin ointment - NOT the cream, the ointment (or Walgreen's equivalent). The petroleum jelly base of this product will deter him from grooming the area, and the antibiotic will start the healing process. If there's a bit of tick left in the wound, however, it may continue to fester and then you will just have to swallow a vet bill to get it removed as it will become damaging in time.

      Be vigilant, it's so easy to say "go to the vet, now" but if this simply isn't an option, keep the area clean and watch, watch, watch. Fingers crossed.

      Please be aware that the use of "human" products on cats is never a great idea, Neospotin ointment is the only thing I ever use in emergencies on my pets that aren't pet specific, and this is after much research and advice.

      Luck x

  44. QUESTION:
    can I use polisporn ointment on my cats paw? It doesn't appear to be infected but I want to prevent infection
    He is favouring the paw, he puts some pressure on it now. It does not appear to be infected...but there is a wound. Cat fight is my guess but I don't know what happened.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, polysporin is safe to use on your cat, but if you're going to use it, make sure you put a bandage over top for a few hours. Your cat will want to lick it all of, which could upset his tummy. Make sure the banadge isn't too tight, and just leave it on long enough for the polysporin to soak in. Inspect the wound thoroughly first, make sure there isn't anything embedded in the wound. Keep an eye on it as well. Take him to the vet at the first sign of it worsening! Good luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    Hydrogen peroxide for cat abscess cleaning?
    My cat had an abscess drained. The vet said to clean the wound once a day for seven days by putting hydrogen peroxide on a cotton swab, sticking it inside the drain hole, and rubbing it inside the wound. Will this work? I've heard that hydrogen peroxide isn't good for cleaning wounds because it kills healthy tissue.
    Is there anything else I can put, like Animax ointment, or salt water?

    • ANSWER:
      General rule: trust your doctor over a website full of amateurs. A surgical scrub like betadine is not required for maintenance cleaning. It will, in fact, kill more than the hydrogen peroxide does. Hydrogen peroxide is safe and will be fine. Avoid salt water; it is a desicating agent and can cause infection if not sterile. Animax ointment is not for internal use (i.e. inside a drain hole).

      If you do not trust your doctor or me (I did, after all, start off this post by saying not to trust a website full of amateurs) call another vet and get a second opinion. It's free and every hospital and clinic I have ever worked for is happy to help.

      Good luck and happy healing to your cat.

  46. QUESTION:
    My cat bit me: what can *I* do to get rid of the infection?
    My healthy cat bit me three nights ago, and now I have redness around the bite. Wiping it with alcohol doesn't seem to do much. People in related questions say go to a doctor, but I have spent so much time (and money that I don't have) going to a doctor who ends up doing something that I could have done at home. What would the *doctor* do to fix this problem that I could replicate on my own?

    • ANSWER:
      It would depend on how deep the bite is. If it's relatively shallow, you should be able to take care of it yourself. If it's deeper, I would have a doctor check it out, because if you were to let the infection go and it gets worse, there is a possibility of the infection getting into your bloodstream (obviously not a good thing).

      The doctor will also be able to give you a much more powerful antibiotic than you can get at the store, if necessary.

      For the DIY part, keeping the wound clean and covered is important for it to heal correctly. Also, I'm a fan of hydrogen peroxide (make sure you rinse it off after it's done fizzing) followed by an antibiotic ointment. Other than that, there's not much you can do except wait.

  47. QUESTION:
    what is the best ointment for a cat?
    Someone attacked my cat and cut her tail off. She has been fine for about two weeks, now the wound is started to get infected. I don't have a reasonable vet. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    The vet in this town is a total rip-off he wants 0 to see the cat, 0 to clean the wound, and another 0 when he is done. If you don't have the money right then and there, he will stop working on the cat and walk away.

    • ANSWER:
      Cut her tail off and the cat has not been seen? My suggestion is that you never own a pet ever again. If your hand was cut off, would you be writing Ya for a cheap vet or "ointment"? I think not.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat have a small patch of fur missing from his ear?
    It used to be a tiny spot that we noticed a little while back and I assumed that's where his microchip is. Now the bald spot is bigger and in the center, there's a dot of red (looks like blood). What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your cat may have a small wound or boil/cyst on his ear. A microchip is usually placed in the fleshy part near the back of a cats neck between the shoulder blades so it won't be the microchip causing the problem. Cats commonly scratch their ears so your cat may simply just have a small scratch or spot on his ear and it is not getting the chance to heal up because the cat won't leave it alone, it is probably itchy for the cat. Your vet may be able to prescribe an ointment or antibiotic for your cat to heal up the wound faster and lessen the irritation. Some cats may be given a small Elizabethan collar to wear, this prevents the cat from being able to lick or scratch the wound while it heals.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can I treat a wound on a cat with Hydrogen Peroxide or Triple Antibiotic Ointment?
    My cat was recently bitten by my dog and has a hole in it's side. I cannot afford vet care for another week and was wondering if I should put human antibiotics on it, such as hydrogen peroxide or triple antibiotic ointment, and also if it is hazardous to a pet.

    • ANSWER:
      You can use the same things on animals that you use on humans.

  50. QUESTION:
    My finger is swollen from a cat bite, is it infected?
    I got bit yesterday morning by my brother psycho cat. She bit the very top fold of my index finer and it's now very swollen and sore. Is this normal? There are no signs of discoloring or pus or anything abnormal like that from the wound.

    • ANSWER:
      Did it bleed a lot? Was the bite deep?

      A shallow bite that bleeds well might be sore and and slightly swollen because of the crush of the bite.

      Infection causes more sore, swelling, and can make it feel warm. A deeper bite is more likely to be infected, it doesn't bleed enough to get clean. Antibiotic ointment won't be effective on a deep bite, it only works on the surface.

      If it gets worse, it is definitely an infection, but it takes time to develop pus and discoloring- I hope you can avoid that.


wound ointment for cats

Wound Ointments

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of an open wound pimple on my face?
    I made the mistake of scratching off a pimple on my cheek and it turned into a open wound. Ive tried, ointment, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol. It looks like it is getting a little better but I want to speed up the healing process.

    • ANSWER:
      take a wet wash cloth and put it in the micowave for 30 seconds and then put it on the pimple. it will burn but it will dry up by the next day.

      (sometimes it doenst :(

  2. QUESTION:
    About how long does a ruptured anal gland for a dog take to heal? Are there any specific treatments for it?
    My dog has recently ruptured her anal gland and I was wondering how long it would take to heal completely, or at least until there is not an open wound to easily let infection or debris in. When she ruptured her anal gland, we cleaned out the wound, applied antibiotic ointment, and put a cone over so she wouldn't lick the wound. Is there any special treatment we must provide for it to heal better? Or should we just periodically apply ointment? And about how long will it take to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to provide her with a VET promptly. At the least, she's likely to require systemic antibiotics. At worst, the gland may need to be completely surgically removed.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there a good home remedy or people med you can put on a cat wound?
    The cat that I found has a long wound on it's back, pretty much a long scrape looks like it may have skinned itself sliding under something. Does anyone know of something simple you can put on a cat skin scrape that one might have in their home without having to go to the vet? I found this cat, and frankly don't have the money right now to treat a lost cat. But I do want to try to help it.

    • ANSWER:
      If it is a scrape and is not severe, clean it well with water, maybe use some sort of cloth. Then just use some neosporin or ointment directly on the area. Depending on the cat, you probably shouldn't use anything that may burn.

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I put ointment on my puppy without him freaking out?
    My puppy just got neutered and I have to put ointment on him. Most of the time I will have to put it on myself, so what can I do so he does not freak out? He tries to bite the cotton ball out of my hand and totally goes ballistic. What can I do so I clean his wound and apply the ointment?

    • ANSWER:
      y are u putting stuff on a neuter? did they not stitch it?

      have some one help u. end in a postive note..like a game...if u have to do it a lone restain him by putting his head under ur arm. depends on how big he is is he is small that will work if he is larger. get him laid down and hold the scruff of is neck. and frim NO'S when he tries to bite it.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have this wound at the tip of my big toe for months now.What will i do?
    My wound is not healing in any way. I already used antibiotics. Sometimes it's dry and crusty then the skin breaks and moist again.

    • ANSWER:
      You may have athlete's foot. Multiple home remedies are available including vinegar soaks, dilute Clorox soaks, and shampoos like Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue. Other reported but unverified remedies have included Vicks Vapor Rub and Epsom salts.

      Dilute vinegar soaks or sprays (roughly 1 part white household vinegar to 4 parts water)

      Dilute Clorox baths or soaks (approximately ¼ cup household Clorox bleach in one bathtub of water).

      There are also over the counter ointments you can get at the drug store.

      Buy shoes that are leather or another breathable material. Shoe materials, such as vinyl, that don't breathe cause your feet to remain moist, providing an excellent area for the fungus to breed. Likewise, absorbent socks like cotton that wick water away from your feet may help.

      Powders, especially medicated powders (such as with miconazole [Lotrimin] or tolnaftate [Tinactin]), can help keep your feet dry. Finally, your feet can be soaked in a drying solution of aluminum acetate (Burow's solution or Domeboro solution). A homemade remedy of dilute white vinegar soaks using 1 part vinegar and roughly 4 parts water, once or twice a day as 10-minute foot soaks may aid in treatment.

      The second part of treatment is the use of antifungal creams and washes. Many medications are available, including miconazole, econazole nitrate (Spectazole), clotrimazole (Lotrimin), terbinafine (Lamisil) sprays and creams, and ketoconazole shampoo and cream (Nizoral), etc. Ask your health-care professional or pharmacist for a recommendation. Treatment for athlete's foot should generally be continued for four weeks or at least one week after all of the skin symptoms have cleared.

      More advanced or resistant cases of athlete's foot may require a two- to three-week course of an oral (pill) antifungal like terbinafine (Lamisil), itraconazole (Sporanox), or fluconazole (Diflucan). Laboratory blood tests to make sure there is no liver disease may be required before taking these pills.

      Terbinafine: 250 mg once a day for two weeks
      Itraconazole: 100 mg twice a day for two weeks
      Fluconazole: 100 mg once weekly for two to three weeks

      Topical corticosteroid creams can act as a fertilizer for fungus and may actually worsen fungal skin infections. These topical steroid medications have no role in treating athlete's foot.

      If the fungal infection has spread to the toenails, the nails must also be treated to avoid re-infection of the feet. Often, the nails are initially ignored only to find the athlete's foot keeps recurring. It is important to treat all the visible fungus at the same time. Effective nail fungus treatment may be more intensive and require prolonged courses (three to four months) of oral antifungal medications.

      If you notice any redness, increased swelling, bleeding, or if your infection is not clearing up, see your health-care practitioner. If a bacterial infection is also occurring, an antibiotic pill may be necessary. If you have fungal nail involvement, are diabetic, or have a compromised immune system, you should also see your physician for treatment.

      Check this site for good information about what you need to do.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/athletes_foot/page4.htm#remedy

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I prevent infection in my hamsters wound?
    My hamster has a wound that is on the skin that protects the testicle, it is not bleeding and is not very bad, but I am afraid of infection. How can I prevent infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Try a small bit of antibiotic ointment, a couple of times daily.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to treat arm bullet wound at home fast?
    I need to know how to treat a bullet wound in the arm on the top part of the bicept. The bullet went clean through, the exit wound is larger, the entry is very small. Right now we have applied pressure by wrapping it with a towel very tightly. How can we seal the wound and prevent infection? We are unable to go to a hospital for reasons so dont say just call a ambulance.

    • ANSWER:
      For the record, any bullet wound pulls in a fair amount of bacteria and foreign contaminants when it enters the body, worse if it causes an exit wound, and especially if it's from a high velocity bullet. This typically needs to be washed out with antibiotic infused saline and debrided to prevent infection.
      For a more do it yourself healthcare plan, start by cleaning the wound with MEDICAL QUALITY iodine/betadine solution, both around and into the wound as best you can. This will help sterilize or at least sanitize the surrounding tissue, but still leave a large chance for infection.
      If you don't have iodine, flood the areas with alcohol, followed by soap and warm water, followed by alcohol again. That will likely sting like hell. At the very least, the area needs to be cleaned several times with soap and water before it gets dressed.
      A bulky dressing of sterile gauze (or the cleanest dressings you have) with moderate pressure. If if bleeds through the dressing, simply apply more dressing overtop, do not remove the original dressings. Do NOT apply a tourniquette unless there is massive blood loss. Once bleeding is controlled, wet dressings can be removed, antibiotic ointments can be applied (unless there is already iodine/betadine on the area). Redress the wound with sterile gauze or the cleanest cloth you have available.
      This more than likely does need to be checked out by a physician ASAP. The potential adverse effects from a bullet wound go far beyond a little muscle damage.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the fastest way to heal a big wound?
    I play last man in soccer and I slid to kick the ball. When I stood up I felt nothing but a burn so I payed little attention. When I got home i had a 3.5 inch diameter wound . It is mostly just the peeling of the epidermis. It has been wet for four days and I just can't get it to dry,or heal, what can I do? It is positioned in my left leg, on the side, probably 5 inches under the side of my pelvis. Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      Emu Oil is great, apart from that STERILE TECHNIQUE is PARAMOUNT for proper healing, and that goes for clean wash hands. Covered I hope, dabbed with STERILE WATER/BOILED ANTISEPTIC SOAP, and POLYSPORIN OINTMENT. Sterile BANDAIDS changed throughout the 24 hour period. Meticulous cleansing is the answer, patted dry with STERILE GAUZES.Common sense tells you to NOT get it wet from a bath, obviously, bacteria in the water, and showering too muc h water/wetness to FASCILITATE the healing process. Best wishes.

  9. QUESTION:
    What should you do if sand is stuck to a cut wound?
    I just came back from the beach today, when I noticed that I had an opened cut wound with sand stuck on it. I already showered and tried to remove the sand. However, it will not budge. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      The good news is that your tissues are pre-programed to get rid of foreign bodies whether deep or superficial. The key is to do good things to your wound to promote healing. You should apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to the open area daily and cover it with a non-adherent dressing. As the wound heals, those tissues that are injured and die as well as any foreign bodies will "slough" (pronounced sluff) off, meaning that they will be pushed out of the wound. You can expect some drainage that is clear or yellow as this is a part of the self cleaning process.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the ointment surgeons use to prevent the patient from feeling the pain?
    Like once I was awake during a surgery and the doctor put some kind of ointment on my skin so I wouldn't be able to feel anything happening. Does anyone know what ointment this is?

    • ANSWER:
      A local anesthetic. More than likely some type of Novocaine. Surgery usually means some type of inner body repair. More than likely, all you needed was stitches to close a deep wound.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you care for a nasty bite wound?
    How do you care for a nasty bite wound?
    A neighbors dog got on me about 10 days ago. I'm missing 3 chunks out my arm. I've gotten alot of puss out of the little one and some puss out of the larger ones. Nothing green though. They are all really swollen and I drain them about twice a day. Please help, no money to go to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      first off, stop picking at them. you're just opening them up to bacteria to get in or spread. second, get some triple antibiotic ointment and peroxide. soak the bites in really warm water or under a really warm wash cloth for 20 to 30 mins. use the peroxide to kill the infected tissues and apply the oinment. cover it with a non stick bandage cuz you don't want it pulling the scab off every time you change it. take 1000 mgs of vit c for 3 days in a row to jump start your immune system and then 500 mgs a day for a week. don't worry... your body will rid itself of excess vit c in your pee. soak it and redress it 3 times a day. then pray and hope that nothing is buried in the wound and that the dog doesn't have rabies. if you don't see a noticeable change in 3 days, suck it up and go see a doc. i've had patients tell me soaking it in epson salts helps draw out the infection so you could try that too. the dog's owner should be paying for your treatment if you know who it is. they can be charged criminally for allowing their dog out. believe it or not, a dog's motuh is not the dirtiest thing in the world. there are more bacteria under your own finger nails then in a dog's mouth. be glad it wasn't a cat or aligator or iguanna because they have more bacteria than any other animal on earth.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is a good ointment to help reduce the appearance of scars?
    Or a good remedy to put on a fresh wound, to reduce the appearance of scars?

    • ANSWER:
      Bag Balm! My family has used this for generations on everything from diaper rash to cuts and abrasions. It's made of lanolin and is very soothing. A little goes a long ways.

  13. QUESTION:
    How to stop dog messing with open wound on leg?
    My collie has an scratch on her leg and she won't stop licking it and chewing it. We have fleas ( Which are currently being treated for ) and they are making her make it worse.

    What can I put on her wound that won't hurt but will stop her from licking it?

    The vet wrapped it and she got the bandage off as soon as we got home. We tried the dog cone and our other dog chewed it off her. We can't separate the dogs because we have no where else to put our younger one because she is a fence jumper and also a whiner when she isn't with her 'big sister'

    She's on medication for the leg but with the licking it'll never heal and I'm worried about infection. The vet is also at a loss, we can't put her on tranquilizers because once again she's with another dog and they do play rough sometimes and I don't want her getting hurt.
    I can't seperate the dogs. My Rotterman will literatly BARK and HOWL and cry if she cannot see our collie. We've had animal control complaints already made because we tried to crate both dogs and our Rotterman wouldn't stop howling.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog got a puncture wound in his leg 10 days ago. He left it alone besides licking for a short time once a day. If a dog licks excessively, that means it's not being treated as effectively as it could be imho.

      I used alcohol free witch hazel and aloe to clean the wound (3x a day at first, then once a day) I took a cotton ball and soaked it in the witch hazel/aloe and gently soaked and wiped the wound. After that I put Pal Dog boo boo gel on. The first 2 days I used an antibiotic ointment (like neosporin) also. I didn't wrap it although the vet originally shaved the fur and taped gauze over the wound.

      The Pal Dog ingredients are
      organic aloe vera, organic calendula extract, organic safflower seed oil, witch hazel, castor oil, allantoin, lavender oil, carrageenan extract, alba leaf extract, organic arnica, St. Johns wort, fennel and horse chestnut extracts; and Bach Rescue Remedy

      So if you were to just get either calendula or lavender oil, and add aloe (from the plant, powder, gel or liquid) you can keep the wound from being infected and help it feel better.

      The vet didn't even give my dog antibiotics and it was a deep puncture wound from a stick that was stuck in the snow/ice and the wound stayed healthy pink and not as irritated. He was on pain meds for the first couple days though.

      Yes the fleas can be making the dog's whole body feel worse and the dog more irritated. I guess you are treating them with something like comfortis? Essential oils (like lavender) will help repel the fleas too. Make sure to treat the dog's bedding.

      At some point in their life, your two dogs are going to have to be separated. So I would start getting them used to it.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use an antibiotic cream for people on a cat's external wound?
    I have just noticed on my cat's belly three small flesh wounds, he probably got scratched climbing a tree or he possibly got into a small fight. The wounds are about 3.5 mm round. I was thinking of putting some antibiotic cream to disinfect the wound as a precaution. I have several antibiotic creams at home: Neosporin and Neobacitracine. I will defnitly be taking the cat first thing in the morning to the vet to get it disinfected properly.

    Any comments on the cream?

    • ANSWER:
      My vet has recommended using neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment for wounds on my dogs. That should be fine until you can get him to the vet.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can I cover up a curling iron burn without infecting the wound?
    Burning myself with a curling iron resulted with a nasty red burn on my forehead that I'd like to hide. However, I'm worried that using foundation or cover-up to hide it will infect the wound. Is that the case? Or is there something else I can do to hide my burn whilst it heals?

    • ANSWER:
      Just use an ointment on it. Apply a sterile dressing and then wear a fashionable head scarf! I had a similar thing happen to me, and I trimmed bangs to cover my forehead until it healed. Its really important to keep applying ointment--when it heals it may go through a nasty flaky stage.

  16. QUESTION:
    How much water should i put in a cotton ball when using it to clean a wound?
    I don't want to all too little and have the cotton get stuck in my wound, but I also don't want to add too much and have it not be useful.
    If you suggest alcohol then how much of that do I use. Same problem different liquid.

    • ANSWER:
      Get that baby sopping wet with alcohol. Blot the boo-boo with it, letting the liquid get into the wound without causing any more trauma to it. Let it air dry then bandage with clean gauze and antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin. Keep it clean.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are good aloe vera ointments/gels for cuts/wounds?
    I am allergic to triple anitbiotic ointments (off-brand & Neosporin). My dad suggested that I use aloe vera. Any other good aloe vera or any other topical ointments? **Please don't suggest prescription ointments. I just need a nice over-the-counter one.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      If you're using aloe vera it's best to use the purest form you can find. If you're lucky you can find 100% pure aloe vera or even buy an aloe plant and break off an arm and squeeze the gel out to use. Aloe is usually used to treat burns though it won't substitute triple anitbiotic ointment. If you have an open wound and need an antisceptic you'd be better off using lavender or tea tree oil or maybe use hydrogen peroxide to clean the wound and then squeeze a vitamin gel cap on it for healing.
      EDIT.
      My apologies, I'm a slow typist and see someone posted almost the same thing.

  18. QUESTION:
    What type of topical ointment or spray can I use on my horse?
    I just got my first horse today, and when she was in the trailer she slipped, because it was raining, and now she has a superficial wound/cut on her left rear tendon. I just used some water and tried running it down her leg to wash off some mud and stuff and she lifted up her leg, i got some water on it, but I couldn't finish it the way i wanted to. she was keeping her leg up and her ears were back, and it sort of scared me because i thought she was going to kick me. it is sort of puffy, but the person who i got the horse from, told me to go to the local farm store and get a disinfectant and healing spray to put over it. it is a superficial wound, so it's not deep or anything. i want something that won't make her feel uncomfortable or hurt. it has to keep out dirt and flies and it must be antibacterial with a healing agent that eliminates bandaging. does anyone know of something i can use? how should i know to back away from her when i am applying it, i don't want to get kicked or bit.

    • ANSWER:
      I normally would suggest Wound- Kote (A FARNAM product) but I've been using the new PRO-TECT line from Mane N Tail and it is great. I would contact your veterinarian to set up your new equines shots if she has not already gotten them. Puffiness is a sign of tetanus on a superficial wound. And for the future here are some other great products I feel that every horse owner should have-

      Aloe-Dine---it's an aloe vera and iodine scrub that is great for scrapes, scratches, and sensitive skin.
      Catron Spray----a fly repellent and antiseptic germicidal all in one. It does not sting open wounds and keeps flies from landing and laying eggs leading to infection.
      At- Ease-----a pour on feed calming agent for difficult horses or horses under stress. There are some things you can't control and that is how a horse is going to react when hurt. This agent calms the equine long enough for treatment and prevent the horse from further harming itself.

      And I always recommend having two veterinarians. This is in case your horse needs emergency attention and your regular is busy.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you let a wound dry out?
    I have a wound, there is no cavity since it has come to the skin surface (just outter skin missing), only it refuses to scar over and still maintains its wetness.
    How can i dry it out?

    • ANSWER:
      Drying the wound out won't heal it, first of all. It would scab over, but it wouldn't be healed.
      And wounds kept moist heal about 3 days faster than wounds that dry out. Contrary to popular opinion, scabs are not necessary for healing.
      What I would advise would be using an antibacterial ointment and bandaging it.
      How long have you had the wound for? If it's been a significant amount of time, and it should have been healed by now, then you need to visit your doctor about it. Wounds that won't heal can be signs of serious underlying conditions (such as diabetes).

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I stop a dog from licking a wound?
    My friend's dog has a cut on her elbow that she's been licking incessantly. How can he stop her without resorting to using one of those cone collars? I was thinking about putting something sour or spicy on it, but he doesn't want to make the wound hurt or worse. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      they sell bitter ointment to discourage licking and biting, but it doesn't always work. You can also bandage the wound, but often you have to "go with the cone!"

  21. QUESTION:
    How can you overdose on ointment on your skin?
    Not talking about swallowing it.

    How can you overdose on ointment you apply to your skin prescribed only by your doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      One way is if the molecular size of the active (main drug) ingredient is less than 50 microns it will pass through the skin or mucosal lining. When this happens the drug can get into your blood system (called absorption). The more ointment the more drug in your blood. Too much ointment in the blood means too much drug in the blood. Too much drug in blood equates to an overdose. An example of such a drug is nitroglycerine ointment used to prevent angina or chest pain that could lead to a stroke or heart attack. Cosmetics are not made to pass through the skin, and therefore the size of the molecules are greater than 50 microns. However if applied to an open wound, a cosmetic ointment, cream or lotion could get into the blood systemt, this may cause a systemic reaction or an overdose.

      Hope this helps,

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  22. QUESTION:
    What topical wound care product do you like best?
    I'm looking for a cream-like or gel ointment to put on cuts and scrapes on my horse. I'd like it to be antiseptic/antibiotic (honestly I'm not sure the practical difference between the two) and able to stay on relatively well in a pasture setting. What do you personally use or like best?

    • ANSWER:
      The research on wound treatment has led to recommendations that don't include use of most antibiotic ointments since they produce an immune rejection response that slows healing. The first response should be to flush any new wound with 0.9% sterile saline which you can buy at any drug store. The salt in saline dehydrates and kills bacteria, and the flushing debrides the wound and also drowns other microbes. This solution is isotonic, meaning it is balanced with body fluids and won't
      kill healthy cells needed for healing the way harsh chemicals like iodine or hydrogen peroxide do. When healthy calls are killed, they become food for bacteria and encourage infection, and slow the healing process.

      I prefer EMT ointment which is a collagen gel that adheres well, seals off sensory nerve ends to kill pain and itching, and seals out insects and debris. It is amazing for wounds and for lesions like rain rot and mud fever. Farnam also has a water based gel called hydrogel that is supposed to be very good, but I haven't used it myself yet. EMT can be found online or at tractor and farm supply stores.
      Either will speed healing and prevent proud flesh and scarring.
      The initial saline rinse is the most important treatment. You can use a syringe or squeeze bottle and use moderate pressure to do the flush.

  23. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to heal operated wound aside from fish & hard boiled egg?
    my friend got operated in the stomach 4 times. the doctors kept the wound(4-5 inches)open & allows to heal. she is a strict vegetarian & wanted to know of vegetables that will help in fast healing of the wound.

    • ANSWER:
      In Homeopathy CALENDULA(Marie-gold) is known to heal and cure deep gashes and wounds and surgical incisions like magic. It is available in ointment form or you can buy it in Q(Mother Tincture) potency and mix it in any unscented non medicated moisturizer and apply it to the wound and it cures without leaving a visible scar. Totally amazing results. To read more about this gem of a remedy please click the link :- http://homeoint.org/books/boericmm/c/calen.htm

      Take Care and God Bless.

  24. QUESTION:
    How can i treat a wound on my dog?
    Took my pomeranian to the groomer and he was cut by the groomers sheers, what can i use to treat his wound?

    • ANSWER:
      Is the cut in an area the dog can lick?

      Is it an actual nick, or 'shaver burn' (lots of tiny little cuts in one area).

      If it is a fresh cut that has not scabbed over you could wash it out first with hydrogen peroxide then pat dry with a clean cloth. If it is not in an area that the dog can lick, you can apply Neosporin/similar antibiotic ointment if you feel it is necessary.

      If it has already scabbed over and looks clean, I would not apply the peroxide. It can aggrivate the skin and it can be better to keep the scab on; its already protecting the wound.

      Many scratches heal nicely on their own. Between the haircut and healing, your dog should be looking great in a few days!

  25. QUESTION:
    How can you convice someone to cover their wound?
    It was a burn. I helped them dress it with a bandage, used peroxide, and ointment. Now they don't want to cover it, and it's oozing with pus. I gave them advice that they need to keep taking care of it. But doesn't want to. What else should I say to make them take care of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Well the wound should not be covered 24/7, it should be able to get air, as long as they are in a clean environment. Then covered when clothing would have to cover it or whenever they are going to lay down to sleep. The wound should not be kept too moist with ointment either, it will actually drawl bacteria. You should google burn wound care and take the examples that they share, because it sounds like both of you are only 1/2 right.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do you apply chloramphenicol ointment to circumcision wound?
    I was given this by nurse and not sure if you apply the wound and leave it, or do you have to dab it with your finger etc?? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure your hands are clean, dab a bit on your finger and gently run it over the wound. You want a smear on it, not a blob if you see what I mean.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment of anal fissure (a cut or wound in anus or rectum) besides surgery.?
    I have anal fissure for last two years. I feel severe pain and burning during and after bowel movement which remains from few minutes to few hours sometimes. I have applied several creams, ointments, herbal ointments but no benefit. I have also chronic constipation. I also eat vegetables, drink lots of water, take fibre but no benefit. Please help I shall pray for this forever.

    • ANSWER:
      I feel your pain- been there and it's horrible. the constipation will unfortunately make you strain for bowel movements and will not help the area heal. Take laxatives to soften your stools because as long as the constipation is there the fissure will not get better. Keep using creams- prep H is a good one and can help soothe the area. I found baths helped a bit as did using lubricant when I had a bowel movement. I also used cold compresses on the affected area. Cold worked for me but I have heard that heat can also help. However, I would recommend seeing a doc. 2 years is a long time to suffer this and it must make you miserable- I remember crying over the pain sometimes and it really got me down.

  28. QUESTION:
    Do you cover up a wound after stitches removal?
    Tomorrow I'll have my stitches on my chin removed. Do you cover up the wound with a bandaid? Any advice would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      You don't need to cover it/put a band-aid, but it wouldn't hurt anything if you just wanted to put one anyway. You may want to put a cream/ointment that may help with any scarring, etc.

      Other than that, you will be fine.

      Take care!

  29. QUESTION:
    How can I bandage a wound that's to large for a band-aide?
    It's certainly not a serious "wound", it's basically just a scrape on my knee that's to big for a band-aide. It's just slightly bleeding and I want to put something on it but what? Can I put a paper-towel on it and then put the band-aide on?

    • ANSWER:
      Pretty much what Creed said. Pick up some gauze patches and a gauze roll. Once you've cleaned and put ointment on the scrape, put the patch over it and gently wrap the roll around it and the back of the knee. Don't wrap it too tightly, and make sure you replace the bandaging at least once every day. Make sure you clean and dry it gently about twice a day and reapply any ointment afterwards.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of infection in a wound?
    I got a really bad blister a couple of weeks ago on my heel and it's been infected for a week or so. I've been cleaning the would regularly by soaking it in warm, salted water and then putting hydrogen peroxide on it. Then, I've been putting Bacterium ointment on it and putting a bandaid on it. But it's still infected. I know I could go to the doctor and get antibiotics, but that type of medication wreaks havoc on my system and I don't want to go that route. Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Take the antibiotics along with acidophilus (?sp). It will help mitigate the negative effects so that they may not even be noticible, but you will still get the benefits of the antibiotic.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the best medicine (ointment or cream) that would help prevent the scar on the face of my son?
    My 20 month-old son was accidentally falls to the ground while playing on the play ground, his face was damage because of this. Is it possible that there will be no scar left on his face if the wound will heal? What is the best medecine for this.

    • ANSWER:
      Many people use coco butter to reduce the appearance of scars. I think you would have to wait for it to heal though. I am also not sure if it is safe for children of that age. Look into it.

  32. QUESTION:
    how deep does a wound need to be for necessary skin graft?
    My foot got parcially run over ..slowly, by a car..there is missing skin. its been about a week, the outer ridges of the wound is scabing up, but the center part doesnt really seem to be healing.

    the wound is 2 by 1 inch wound that doesnt seem to be healing in the center. the center is white-ish with little veines i can see.

    im wondering if i need to get a skin graft?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a hospital supply store or maybe the local drug store and buy some Polymem. They are special biologic bandaids for this purpose. We use them instead of skin grafts. They are amazing. Don't put any ointments, creams or lotions on the wound. Just apply it like any bandaid and leave it on until the bandaid becomes 75% saturated. You don't have to clean the would either when you replace the bandaid. We charge three dollars each for the bandaid but you might get them at the local medical supply store for maybe two dollars each. I would think you would only need about five of them.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it healthy to lick your wound with your own tongue?
    My gf and I are having a debate on this. She says it would clean the wound and help it heal. I said the mouth is the most disgusting place in the human body and it could infect it or something around that.
    Who's right? Kept looking on google but only found dogs which I understand it's fine for dogs because they're tongues are clean.

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard that dogs' saliva has antibacterial properties, but don't know if it's true. For humans it's better to wash the wound thoroughly with plain soap and water, dab some ointment like Bacitracin on it, and bandage it to keep it clean. Mouths can be very dirty.

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to heal a horse wound?
    My horse recently cut himself on the electric fence and on his stall gate. Whats the best treatment for his wounds? I'm using triple antibiotic ointment and Swat. What else is there?

    • ANSWER:
      what you are doing sounds fine. for cuts and scrapes, triple antibiotic ointment and swat work great. you didnt mention needing stitches which would require a vet.

  35. QUESTION:
    what is the best aftercare tattoo ointment?
    My tattoo shop recommended "Merry hempsters Tattoo balm" But other websites recommend a general A and D ointment. Also, they say to use a unscented liquid soap. What would the scent have to do with healing properly?

    • ANSWER:
      A&D is the most popular aftercare ointment (at least to the best of my knowledge) because it's a diaper rash cream. If you can use it on a babies bum, it's most certainly gentle enough for an open wound, aka a tattoo.

      Every artist had preferences for what they use in the healing process though.

      As for scent, even with anti bacterial soap, it's best to avoid scent. It will BURN... very badly. The burning might do something to the ink as well, I'm not 100% on that... but you never know.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can you put antibiotic cream and honey at the same time on a wound?
    Is it beneficial or just a good idea to put antibiotic cream and honey( Manuka UMF10 ) on top of an infected wound?Or will they cancel each other? I read about the great benefits of honey in wound healing, even if antibiotics are resistant.Would it even be better to put only honey on it? Does anybody know about that or have any experience?Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Rika,

      I would clean the wound and put triple antibiotic ointment ONLY on it.

      The practice of putting honey on a wound has been around since the time of the pharaohs. Honey has been found to have anti bacterial properties, which, while not nearly as effective as modern antibiotic ointments, was far and away better than nothing.

      I saw once where someone actually tested one against the other, by putting honey on a cut finger and antibiotic ointment on a similar wound. After three days, the ointment finger was nearly healed, while the one treated with honey was, though not infected, pretty far from being healed.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do you heal a wound very quickly?
    So I busted my entire left hand up pretty badly and it's really messed up. I'm a very fast healer, but in this case it won't be fast enough. I've got work in the morning and I do manual labor, alot of work with my hands. I don't want to start bleeding all over during work. Anyone know how to make a wound heal faster? Some specific chemical that makes it close up faster maybe?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately not. Healing is a very complex set of processes that are determined by an infinite set of factors. Things to do to help the healing include, do not use any caustic substances in the wound as thee tend to slow down healing; Use of Ibuprofen and other anti inflammatories slows down healing since healing is a pro-inflammatory response to injury so use Tylenol or some other pain pills if you have them; Keep open wounds covered and if not deep, a topical antibiotic cream or ointment twice a day will help things heal; Protect the injured part at rest to avoid further trauma but make sure you gently and carefully move it to keep it from getting stiff. We are looking for a medical panacea to heal wounds fast but right now, you are going to have to settle for good healing as fast as your bodies natural processes will let it.

  38. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a wound to heal?
    I wounded my finger two days ago. The cut was bad but it stopped bleeding after about 10 minutes and it bled again while I was sleeping but only a bit and I had it covered with band aid. It stopped bleeding but the skin is not still completely sealed. Does this mean that viruses and bacteria can still enter to my blood system through this wound or is it sealed by the inside layers of the skin since I am not bleeding anymore?

    • ANSWER:
      The outer laye of the skin consists of dead cell, therefore it doesn't really get sealed from outside. The wound will heal from inside out. The inner layers of your skin have already sealed the wound with a thin layer of new skin. As this skin matures, it will move towards the outer layer and seal the wound for good. At that point the dead skin that forms the edges of the wound right now, will peal off.
      The bacteria normally can't enter the wound after the bleeding has stopped, however, the new skin is very thin and can get injured easily. I suggest that you keep using an antibacterial ointment on the wound for a couple more days until you feel comfortable moving your finger without stretching the skin too much.

  39. QUESTION:
    My cat has a wound that she scratches all the day?
    I don't know where she got it from but she has that wound on her toe and she keeps on scratching and biting that wound. It's pure flesh, without any fur and it bleeds from time to time when she plays with it. I try to make her stop, whenever I see it, but I need a way to stop her for good.
    I can't take her to the vet at the moment - don't ask why.

    • ANSWER:
      My cat had a big wound too. I took her to the vet and they gave her stitches, a tropical ointment, and a collar. The cat hated the collar but it was the only way to get it to heal. Cats want to lick it to keep it clean and itching is a sign of healing. I know you don't want to go to the vet but maybe you could just find a collar and some of that tropical ointment at a pet store.

  40. QUESTION:
    What do they do at a "wound healing center" that you couldn't just do at home?
    Do they utilize special ointments/creams/medications that you can't buy over-the-counter? Are there other techniques that they employ, to heal wounds that you can't otherwise let heal at home? What's so special about these places?

    • ANSWER:
      they can numb you and flush out the wound in a way a person cant do themselves. they can prescribe medication if a prescription cream or antibiotics are needed. some wounds should not be bandaged...it will hold in the infection..so you will be sure to know the wound is being properly treated.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is this the right way to care for a deep wound?
    I accidentally cut the pad of my finger off working on something. I went to the hospital and they cleaned and dressed it putting some polysporin and told me to re dress it daily... Every time I redress it, it sticks to the wound and causes it to bleed more... Isn't this taking the scab off causing it to take longer to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      yes it is pulling the scab off of the wound everytime cause the blood dries on the bandage and makes it part of the scab.... put some ointment on it that will help when you go to change the dressing and it will help it heal faster. dont put too much tho and you should let it get some air for like 10 or 15 minutes.... given it is not still bleeding. if it is apply pressure until it stops or slows down and then dress it up nice and tight.

  42. QUESTION:
    is it ok to open a antibiotic pill and put in on the wound itself?
    my cousin said opening the antibiotic pill and pouring it on my infected wound would help? is it true?

    • ANSWER:
      With all due respect, your cousin is wrong. Antibiotic pills are intended for internal use. They do nothing topically. If your wound is infected, you need systemic antibiotics. If you feel the need for topical antibiotics, put some antibiotic ointment on the wound.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is a yellowish discharge from a gaping wound normal after a week?
    I cut my leg open on a freshly cut metal pole, and i didn't have stitches but should have it's 2inches long nd 1/4inch deep. Is it normal for it to still be swollen, red, and sore after a week? I'm putting gauze, and triple antibiotic ointment on it. What else can i do? Should i go to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      You can see a doctor now to get the infection treated.
      or
      You can ignore it and see the doctor to have your leg amputated once Gangrene sets in.
      or
      You can continue to ignore it, skip the doctor and go directly to the undertaker when tou die from septicemia.

  44. QUESTION:
    How to prevent a wound from turning into a scar?
    Pls help. Today at school my younger brother triped and fell and the right side of his face was bleeding. He was taken to the clinic to put some ointment on the wound. Right now I can't stand even seeing his face because it makes me cry, I didn't want him to have an ugly scar on his face. Tomorrow is his fifth birthday and I feel so bad for him!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      My brother had a pizza oven blow up in his face and the ointment the doctor gave him reduced his scaring and there is no scar there to this day. He also used an aloe plant and neosporin.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is too much isopropyl alcohol on a wound bad?
    I scratched a patch of my foot raw in my sleep and have been cleaning it with alcohol (yes it hurts like a mother...) and then putting triple antibiotic ointment three times a day for close to two weeks now. Can the repeated use of alcohol be bad for it? Btw, it is still basically raw, hasn't healed much.

    • ANSWER:
      You are not supposed to put alcohol on open wounds... that's what peroxide is for.

      It's not just about pain but alcohol on open would can lead to infection due to how cells react to alcohol. It can also kill the new cells trying to heal the wound.

  46. QUESTION:
    What happens if i get a wound on my scar?
    I got a white scar on my leg, wich means it has no pigment at all. I was wondering, if i fall on my knee again and de wound is bigger then the scar, is it possible for the scar to heal? i have very light skin btw. Don't really know if it makes a difference :)

    • ANSWER:
      Basitrasin helps I probabaly spelt it wrong but it is ointment that helps scabs and dry lips and burns. I always use it

  47. QUESTION:
    Is there any herbal treatment of anal fissure (a wound in anus rectum)? Any food tips for burning/pain in anus?
    I have anal fissure for last two years. I feel severe pain and burning during and after bowel movement which remains from few minutes to few hours sometimes. I have applied several creams, ointments, herbal ointments but no benefit. I have also chronic constipation. I also eat vegetables, drink lots of water, take fibre but no benefit. Please help I shall pray for this forever.

    • ANSWER:
      You must talk with one of the GI surgeon to relief your symptoms.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can I use Betadine as a substitute for Bacitracin to heal a toe bed wound?
    I ripped my toe nail off my second to last toe, and now there's a long gash running along my toe nail bed. I have plenty of Betadine and tiny bit of Bacitracin left from the sample my brother received from a previous hospital visit.

    Is Betadine just as effective as Bacitracin? If it is, I won't bother wasting my money on an expensive ointment when I can use what I have on hand instead.

    • ANSWER:
      If it's just a topical wound that doesn't go deep into the flesh, then you can use Betadine to disinfect it.

      But if it's a deep wound, then you need to see a doctor about it. Because you can get a bacterial infection deep in the tissue, where Betadine doesn't reach.

      And using a small amount of antibiotic left over from before is a bad idea. Because this kind of use often leads to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. You need to use the right amount of antibiotics for the right amount of time to avoid creating antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Or in other words, you need to get a prescription from a doctor and use it exactly as the doctor has prescribed.

  49. QUESTION:
    what do you clean a Hamster Wound with?
    My Two dwarf hamsters started fighting, i noticed a sore underneath one of them and he was limping.
    i then seperated them and the injured ones leg is ok now but it looke like his wound was oozing abit the other day, how do i clean this area and what with???
    cud i use salt water?

    • ANSWER:
      yes warm salt water is fine, maybe a 1/2 tsp per cup of water. also peroxide, not alcohol. u can then put on a dab of antibiotic ointment. q-tip works fine. if it starts to look like an abcess or infection he will need vet treatment. watch if he's walking normal or if there's any appetite changes. were these 2 raised together?

  50. QUESTION:
    My cat has some sort of open wound, and it has pus and some blood on it. What could it be?
    We applied some peroxide and some antibiotic ointment on it.

    • ANSWER:
      Its infected if pus is coming out. You need to get your cat to the vet before the infection becomes deadly.

      Hope this helps!

      By the way the peroxide and the antibiotic ointment was a good idea.


wound ointments

Wound Ointment Humans

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can i clean my cats paw?
    Some idiots went round smashing milk bottles off the pavement last night and as a result, my cat has ended up cutting her paw pretty badly. I've managed to stop the bleeding (it's quite a shollow wound) and i've got an appointment at the vet tomorrow. How do i clean it up until i can get him to the vet?. Also what can i use to stop it getting infected?

    • ANSWER:
      You can clean the wound simular to how you would with a human.

      If the cat is one to struggle, you may have to wrap them up in a towel or blanket first (one that you don't mind probably getting a little wet). One it's wrapped about, all other paws tucked in but the one you need to clean, then take some luke warm water and rinse off the area.

      Keep talking calmly to your cat as this will help calm it a little, but probably not much. Not sure about the use of peroxide on the wound. with a person, since it's shallow, it would be ok, but best check with a vet where kitty is concerned.

      It should be ok to use an antibiotic ointment on the area. That will help keep some dirt from getting in.
      You can also use guaze and bandage tape to gently make a dressing around the injured area. This too will keep the dirt out and keep kitty from licking off the ointment.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I get my 8 year old golden retriever to stop licking her left front leg?
    my golden sustained a licking granuloma which required surgery. It's nearly all healed now ( 5 months have gone by) except for the spot where the leg and paw bend. Every time I take the plastic cone off her head, she returns to that spot and licks it, causing the wound to open up. Any suggestions on how to stop her from doing this?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get bitter apple spray at the pet store. Spray it on liberally. It tastes horrid to dogs. We have also found that Desitin (yes, the baby bottom ointment!) is very good. They hate it. But it can leave a white greasy smear on things which then has to be cleaned up....

      Either or both should help.

      One other suggestion. When you take the Elizabethan collar off her, immediately play with her to distract her. Then feed her. This will help break the habit. After feeding, spray or smear the paw and play with her again. Take her for a long walk before the feeding, if you like, as soon as you have taken the collar off her. Then feed her. Then play with her. Then spray her. By that time at least one hour will have gone by without her licking her paw. If she starts to lick again despite all that, put the collar back on. Repeat this twice a day (splitting her feeding up in half) and that will mean at least two hours a day she will be without the collar and not licking it.

      It's a really hard habit to break, but the bitter apple and/or Desitin along with a schedule that keeps her busy for an hour after the collar is off should help out a lot.

      I'll be interested to know how this works. It has worked for us with a chronic ear scratching thing when there was no reason to scratch (as per the vet). Some habits are just really hard to break!

      Question: if the paw is still that easy to open up to blood, does the vet want it bandaged at any time?

      Also, the Desitin will help it heal much faster. We have found this true with humans, dogs, and horses!

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it healthy to lick your wound with your own tongue?
    My gf and I are having a debate on this. She says it would clean the wound and help it heal. I said the mouth is the most disgusting place in the human body and it could infect it or something around that.
    Who's right? Kept looking on google but only found dogs which I understand it's fine for dogs because they're tongues are clean.

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard that dogs' saliva has antibacterial properties, but don't know if it's true. For humans it's better to wash the wound thoroughly with plain soap and water, dab some ointment like Bacitracin on it, and bandage it to keep it clean. Mouths can be very dirty.

  4. QUESTION:
    My cat has a cut on its paw and it smells like a smelly fish. Is that a good thing and how can I treat it?
    Also, is a good thing to put neosporin or ointment on the paw and bandage it up?

    • ANSWER:
      If the wound smells you need to go to the Vet to make sure it isn't infected. They will either give or suggest to you something to put on it that is made for cats. I think neosporin is supposed to be a human med, I wouldn't put anything on my cat that wasn't made for cats or my Vet said "go ahead". The cat could easily tear off the bandage and end up licking the paw (a natural instict) and ingest the ointment. Call your Vet and see what they say and take it from there. Good Luck :-)

  5. QUESTION:
    Is putting hydrogen peroxide on a small cut on a dog harmful?
    Our little dog had a cyst pop, as the vet warned after declaring the cyst a minor thing and nothing to worry about and most likely was caused by an ingrown hair, or cactus thorn or insect bite. (it looked like a small zit without a whitehead)

    We put hydrogen peroxide on the small opening to clean it, and then applied an antibiotic cream and sprayed on liquid bandage made for dogs, which works great by the way.

    But a friend told us that hydrogen peroxide is very bad, even for humans, as it weakens tissue.

    Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      as long as its not a deep wound peroxide is fine and the antibiotic ointment is even better, i use neosporin on my dogs when they get cuts and scrapes and t heals everything up nicely...and btw...its non toxic...my little shih tzu ate an entire tube one day after i accidentally left it on the end table after putting it on her..talk about scary for a while

  6. QUESTION:
    Do you think physical aging or just getting old is same as Rotting?
    Look at every living things on earth, such as fruits or even rose, when it starts to die (get old), it starts to rot. Isn't it same for humans also when we start to get old, we're actually beginning to rot?

    • ANSWER:
      Fruits get overripe before the rotting begins. Sure, humans can also ripen, and then ripen a little too much, until some of them are fat and juicy, and then the rotting sets in. Some humans think they can forestall the rotting by pumping themselves full of preservatives through the foods they eat. Just as preservatives stave off the natural rotting of foods, it might be working in humans, but in the end, we all must rot.

      Seriously, rotting occurs when bacteria settle in and start to take over a fruit, plant, or animal. If humans let bacteria thrive anywhere ON or IN their bodies, then there is rot. Sometimes the external rot can be washed away--if you haven't bathed lately and the rotten smell intensifies, usually a good bath will wash away the bacteria that is causing the smell, and the smell will vanish! If a wound is infected, you have rot, and you need to clean up that mess and use whatever ointment will kill the bacteria, to stop yourself from rotting further!

      If you let bacteria rot you from the inside, then you can die from the rotting, obviously. You can say that rotting comes naturally with old age because the aging body is increasingly losing its ability to fight off the rotting agents like bacteria.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a bite wound?
    How do you treat a human bite wound? My skin's not broken or anything, but i can see the teeth marks and its red and puffy (it just happened within the last hour or two..). Do I just clean it with soap and water? I don't want it to scar... Is it possible to scar even if the skin isn't broken?
    And is there any way for me to speed the healing?

    • ANSWER:
      If your skin isn't broken, there isn't really a wound. No, you will not get a scar.
      Wash it with soap and water to get germs and saliva off of the area. Then you can ice it to decrease the swelling. If there's no broken skin once the swelling goes down you shouldn't even be able to see it. The teeth marks will vanish along with the swelling. It should be gone by the morning.
      If it turns out there is a little broken skin, use an antibacterial ointment on it. Again, the swelling and teeth marks will go away quickly, you'd just have a bit of scrape-looking thing (if there's broken skin).

  8. QUESTION:
    How long should I bandage a cut on my dogs leg?
    I have a mini pin. Yesterday she got a cut on her back leg, just above her ankle. There was a lot of bleeding when it happened but she was able to clot and the bleeding stopped. I have bandaged the wound with clean gauze and medical tape, and applied Animax Ointment to control infection.

    Today, I have changed the bandage twice to keep her from chewing it, and to also keep the wound clean. My question is, how many days should I keep the wound covered? There is no scab yet and it doesn't look like it will form with a bandage covering it.

    I know not to expose the cut to water for at least 3 days, but how many days should I keep it covered? It has so far been covered all of today, and half of yesterday.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      well, if the cut was deep, bandaging might be counterproductive. dogs actually can provide their own antibiotic to some extent by licking the wound. but it it is deep, stitching would probably be better.

      it SOUNDS more superficial though. and the good news is that dogs are much less likely to develop infected wounds than humans. still can happen, though.

      keep it bandaged for about three days, if she will tolerate it. if it is superficial, don't sweat it. dogs don't feel pain like we do, and she will be fine.

  9. QUESTION:
    how much benadryl do you give a moluccan cockatoo?
    Our Moluccan cockatoo has a wound and is plucking her feathers. Se is on an anti-biotic and pain medication, but she is still plucking like she has itchy skin. How much baby Benadryl should we give that is a safe dose?

    • ANSWER:
      Please do NOT EVER give human medication to an animal or bird unless it is specifically cleared with a vet first. Nearly all human medications are harmful or, in some cases, fatal to other animals. There are a number of creams and ointments that your vet can prescribe to relieve the itching (I can't comment specifically as I've not examined your bird) so please, please, give him/her a call as soon as possible and obtain a medicine suitable for an exotic bird rather than a human!!

  10. QUESTION:
    How to treat small cut near eye on my dog?
    I went to the park with my dog today and she slipped on some rocks.When we got home i noticed that she has a small cut right next to her eye.How do i clean the wound?Can i just use water to clean it?And should i put some ointment on it also?Please answer ASAP.
    Thank you:)
    thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      you can clean it just like you would for a human. just don't use soap since it's next t the eye but you can put some neosporin on it and just watch it it should heal up quick.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can I treat a wound on a cat with Hydrogen Peroxide or Triple Antibiotic Ointment?
    My cat was recently bitten by my dog and has a hole in it's side. I cannot afford vet care for another week and was wondering if I should put human antibiotics on it, such as hydrogen peroxide or triple antibiotic ointment, and also if it is hazardous to a pet.

    • ANSWER:
      You can use the same things on animals that you use on humans.

  12. QUESTION:
    is it safe to use petroleum jelly/vaseline on a cut on my baby chicks toes?
    i am talking about chickens babies, not humans, and i was just holding him and i noticed that he had these minor cuts on his leg, i am not sure how but i will be watching for it, so anyway, i put some vaseline on his foot so it would not get infected , is it safe?
    can it really slow down air flow and cause it to take longer to heal?, but i did really apply a thin coat to block out the bacteria, is this ok?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry too much a thin coat of vaseline will do no harm,when you have chicks & pets to care for it is always good to have a mild antiseptic lotion or ointment handy,an application works fine & can be repeated when needed.No harm done if your chick has tasted the vaseline,if it is unpleasant he will avoid another taste.No point wasting time on a dressing,it will be pulled away & not likely to stay put in any case,with adult birds it is good to confine them for a few days till a wound shows signs of healing.

  13. QUESTION:
    How many ancestors have you had?
    How many generations has there been in the human and pre-human family since since the youngest simian fossil yet discovered lived?

    A rough ball-park figure will do, but if you can be more specific, that would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      ball park is generalities with a couple of factors...
      YOU need to define your time frame. ONE GENERALITY... you can estimate 4 generations per 100 yrs. That is very very rough.. assuming 25 years between them. that would include you..2 parents..4 grandparents ..8 gr grandparents. You used ancestor.. so that would work to 14 "ancestors". Your problem comes in that every generation backwards.. each person ie each of those 8 gr grandparents had 2 parents (whether they knew them or not). Since I am still on first cup of coffee.. I'll let you grab your calculator on that.
      Now.. the fly in the ointment is that 25 yr between generations is a major wide estimate. If you go through the maternal side, and (say) every mother married and was a mother at age, that blows the average. It blows it if you go the materal side..had a son.. then had a daughter..then had a son.. so on. EACH OF THOSE BECOME PARENTS AT VARYING POINTS. Not to mention.. which CHILD of the mother are we talking? the first child born at 16? the last child born at 42, when mom thought the plumbing had quit, and surprise.. she winds up with unplanned late child. In the 1800s, without birth control, the AVERAGE family was 12 kids (baby every 2 yrs). On the other end of the spectrum.. MY grandfather was born in 1838... my mother was the last child of his 2nd marriage, born when he was 70. And I was born when my mom was 40. I have what are called LONG LONG generations.
      Just some math factors to be thrown in there.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can you tell if this is a scratch or a cut?
    If you can push the skin together about a millimeter to close the wound, is that enough to tell you whether the injury is better called a scratch or a cut? (one or the other, or does that not tell you anything)

    • ANSWER:
      In actuality what you are asking is if there is a difference between a scratch and a cut. A scratch is usually associated with a skin injury of any depth that occurs from contact with a nail of some type from a human or animal. A cut is the more general term that goes below the level of the skin. It is possible to scratch yourself and see it on the skin without it penetrating whereas a cut absolutely penetrates the skin. It really doeas not matter as the key is to gently cleanse the break in the skin and if it has been longer than 24 or so hours, then the wound is contaminated and trying to close it will likely result in an infection. In that case, better to cover it with some antibiotic or wound healing ointment or dressing, keep the air from getting to it to dry it out and it should heal very quickly.

  15. QUESTION:
    One of my cats always has lots of redish-brown goop coming from the inside corners of her eyes. What is it?
    She is a female, 1/2 siamese 1/2 big orange barn cat, & 2 years old. She's had this for a long time & it doesn't seem like it hurts her or is damaging her eyes. I was just wondering because none of my other cats have ever had this & I was wondering if I should be worried.

    • ANSWER:
      What it sounds like is just tear stains composed of serous fluid from drainage of the lacrimal (tear) ducts like in humans. I have an 11 month old mixed kitten and she has sometimes has a small amount of them. Some breeds, such as persians have that problem.

      You can use a mixture of Boric Acid and baby powder cornstarch (50/50). Some breeders pad it and pack it on the eye as a powder or make it wet and pack it. Be careful: Boric Acid is not good IN the eyes. Some people have found that it is irritating to the cat. But it will not hurt him/her if it is used properly around the eye. There is also a wet mixture called Diamond eye. You can buy it at pet stores. There is also something called "Eye and Wound Powder" that some breeders use. If the whites of the eyes are red, you can use a drop of Genticin Durafilm (get it from you vet).

      However, sometimes runny eyes can be an indication of a medical problem. You should make sure that the cat does not have an eye infection. You would see a thick film in the eyes, and the eyes would be red on the lids. You would then have to use an antibiotic and/or an ointment to treat the infection. Your vet can prescribe any necessary medication.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I keep my Iguana's damaged toe from falling off?
    I have had my Ig for about 5-6 months now and have spent a lot of time care and effort in keeping him happy and content. But recently I noticed that my Ig had gotten much more aggressive when I held him. So I checked him for any injuries or signs of irritation . I noticed that on his left foot his middle toe looked for lack of a better word mangled. The toe has a large cut at the joint and I could have easily pulled the whole thing off. I'm not sure what I should do, at this moment and time I really can't afford a vet as much as I love him. So I put some corn starch on the wound and then treated it with antibiotic ointment. To immobilize the toe so he could not do anymore damage I put a gauze over it and taped it up with medical tape. I checked he cannot move the toe at all. But my worry is that if I try to save the toe am I risking him more to gangrene? Would it be better to let the toe fall off on it's own or try to save it?
    Well it's just strange because I have him under 2 24 inch UV tubes, one ceramic heater, 2 heat lamps. I thought that all of that would be enough to prevent MBD. All of his temps in his basking area are correct, humidity etc etc. Maybe it was just a fluke I mean his is still very young and runs from me a lot still. If I let it fall off on it's own through won't he be in danger of dry gangrene?
    I actually ended up bringing him to the vet after consultation of the vet over the phone. She told me that if it was just a flesh cut she could pull it off with mild anesthesia, but upon further inspection we found out that once you cleaned the wound there was bone exposed. So I had to drop about 300 dollars for light surgery to cut the bone back and close up the wound. It was a lot of money, but she told me that besides the broken toe he was in excellent condition. So he goes in for the operation tommrow wish him luck.

    • ANSWER:
      The most common cause for toe loss for most reptiles is shedding. The toes often have a difficult time shedding - this can be from many different causes (none of which are MBD), but most often it is from low moisture (humidity) or lack of abrasive branches/rocks to remove the skin as it sheds.

      Toes may also be injured due to crush or twist trauma severely enough that the tissue dies. The toe may remain viable looking, green and filled out, but may flop around uncontrollably with the iguana moves. At other times, the toe may start turning black and collapsing down, becoming brittle or hard.

      These toes should be amputated. This will prevent the spread of any infection and will eliminate the risk of the toe being caught in something and literally being ripped off. Iguanas do very well minus a few toes, and often times removing a source of infection will speed overall recovery.

      Another common reason cited for the loss of toes through tissue death and autoamputation is that free roaming iguanas get carpet fibers wrapped around their toes. The inelastic fibers fail to stretch as the toe grows, engirdling it, and eventually the blood and nerve supply are cut off, with that part of the toe farthest away from the body dying. Human hair may cause similar problems, especially with older and larger iguanas whose scales on the bottoms of their toes become quite rough and flared.

      What many people fail to realize is that it is more common for retained shed on the toes and tail to cause a similar engirdlement and tissue death. Check the toes and tail frequently, after bathing the iguana and when trimming the claw tips every two weeks, will ensure that nothing gets trapped around the toes or tail long enough to cause any damage to the iguana.

      My recommendation would be to soak the foot in warm water, use a mild antibacterial soap (small amount in the water). Or you can use Band-Aid antiseptic Wound Wash (no tears for kids). Rinse, pat dry with paper towel, and apply a topical triple-antibiotic ointment. Repeat this daily. There is no need to wrap his foot - that might cause more harm in the long run. If the toe is mostly severed now, there is little chance it will heal to the point where it doesn't fall off eventually.

      If you want to have it amputated now, see your vet.

      Good Luck. :)
      ~Morgana

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies for cat eye infections?
    The cats are strays, so they live outside, one sleeps in our garage. We feed them but can't afford vet care.

    • ANSWER:
      If the cats are strays they would be difficult to handle and apply any sort of medication to their eyes. The only way you could do this is to capture them and wind them up in a towel and they apply the stuff.

      It truly depends on what the problem is with the cats eyes. If its conjunctivitis (an irritation or infection of the conjunctiva or the inner eye membrane) which is quite common with strays.
      Then its best to apply an antibiotic salve like tetracycline to the eyes. They are small tubes of ointment that the Vet would sell to you for twelve to twenty dollars.
      The only other way to get around this is to try to clean around the eyes with baby wipes or a warm cloth to remove the secretions from the eye. Sometimes artificial tears meant for humans have been known to help.
      Applying anything to a stray cats eyes will be difficult, they do not like to be handled very much. I've done it, but catching a stray twice a day and cleaning its eyes is quite hard unless you are very committed.
      Good luck to you and thanks for caring for a stray, its people like you that make this world a better place to live in (:)

  18. QUESTION:
    What can I do, I just cut my dogs skin while I was cutting his hair?
    Yes, I have cut his hair before so this wasn't my first time, anyway I was cutting my dogs hair, and he moved, and I was using scissors and I cut his leg, it's not bleeding, but you can see the opening. The cut isn't bigger than my thumb nail, but I'm scared on what I should do to prevent infection.
    You can actually see red, and you can see like meat.

    • ANSWER:
      Get a doggie antimicrobial wound cream (you can get them at places like PetSmart and Petco) and apply it after cleaning the wound. It is specially designed for dogs and fights infections and such better than a human ointment will. If your dog licks at it, you may need to wrap it or get a dog wound spray with a bitter taste to discourage licking. However, that does nothing to dissuade my dog, so I got one of the new, more comfortable e-collars with neck padding and make my pup wear that for a few minutes if he licks a small cut or wound while the wound cream is drying. After a day or two, you should see significant signs of improvement and healing. If not, or his cut gets red or starts oozing, you need to head to the vet.

  19. QUESTION:
    Are they any diseases a cat can get from a person who was around other cats?
    So the cats aren't in direct contact. But when my daughter is at her dad's house, her aunt bring all these stray pissy cats around. And I just want to know if they can give my daughter any diseases or if my daughter can transmit anything to my own indoor kitties?

    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Some diseases are zoonotic (can be transmitted from animal to human and vice versa). Giardia can be transmitted from animals to humans and is most commonly found in stray/outdoor cats and dogs. It is a gastrointestinal parasite that is transmitted through oral ingestion of contaminated water, food and fecal to mouth contact. In other words, letting an infected dog or cat lick from your drinking cup, plate or eating utensils and then eating or drinking from it afterward or touching an infected animals feces and putting your hands to your mouth.

      Tapeworms can also be transmitted from animals to humans, although it is rare. You would have to touch the fecal matter of a wormy cat or dog (which comes from fleas) and have hand to mouth contact. Ringworm can also be easily transmitted from cats to humans.

      Then there is what is commonly known as Cat Scratch Fever. It is a bacterial illness commonly transmitted from cats to humans not through scratching, but from fleas. It can be dangerous if the exposed person is immunocompromised, but in healthy people it can be treated with antibiotics.

      The biggest cause for concern would be cat bites. If these strays are feral and your daughter does what most children would try to do and pet or catch the scared kitty, she could be bitten which almost always requires medical attention. Cats secrete a bacteria laden saliva when they feel angry or afraid. It's a defense mechanism that causes infection with 80%+ of people who experience a puncture wound from a cat bite. Since the most common place on the body people are bitten by cats is on the hand or fingers, the risk of bone and joint inflammation and infection is very high, but can be treated if medical care is sought immediately.

      The best precautions to take?

      1. Don't be overly worried. Make sure your daughter knows proper handling of cats, how to stay away from cats that appear frightened, stressed or mean and proper hygiene after handling the cats. She should always wash her hands after playing with the kitties. Any scratches should be cleaned with soap and water as well as an antiseptic and followed up with an antibiotic ointment and band-aid. Bites should be considered serious and medical care should be sought immediately if the cat's bite leaves a puncture wound (which they usually do because cats' jaws are incredibly strong)

      2. Make sure she changes her clothes as soon as she gets home from visiting with her father and wash them well as soon as possible to prevent any sort of worm, flea or infectious disease cross contamination between the stray cats and your cats.

      3. Don't let her wear her shoes inside the house, just in case there are any fecal or urine contaminants she has stepped in.

  20. QUESTION:
    What can I do at home about an infection of my cat's paw?
    My cat is injured and I'll be taking her to the vet. What can I do for the pain and infection aside from taking her to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      My best suggestion would be to bathe the area with some lukewarm saline. This is safer than Hydrogen Peroxide, which is no longer recommended for wounds, for people or animals. Boil a quart of water, place in a clean bottle or jar with a lid. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in it, let it cool to body temperature, around 101 F.. Keep what you don't use in the fridge and reheat in the microwave, but test it to make sure it's not too hot if you nuke it.

      Use a cotton ball or a bit of clean rag or paper towel and very gently bathe the injury with this. If she can't bear you to touch it, try squeezing some saline over it, if you can. It won't sting, it cannot hurt her, even if she licks it and it will help keep the area clean, help prevent the area closing over or scabbing and keep it moist, which should be more comfortable for the kitty. Try to set her on a towel or something while you do it, to catch the drips. I don't think I'd try to dry it off.. just let it dry itself.

      You don't say where she is injured. If it's an abscess, the bathing should help it to drain, but don't try to squeeze any of the infection out yourself. The saline will assist with both pain and infection. If it's a wound that's infected, pretty much the same thing.. helps keep it clean, washes away any discharge and a moist wound is not as itchy or painful as a dry one can be, though that can depend on where the thing is on her body.

      Beyond this,, there is not much you can do at home, beyond keep her comfortable as you can and make sure she can't find herself a hidey hole where you can't get at her. Cats who are in pain or ill often want to hide. It's instinct, to hide that they may be vulnerable, in the wild. So maybe try to keep her where she is available. so you will be able to get her to the vet when the time comes. Don't try to give her any medication, most things we can use for humans are poisonous for cats. And don't put any kind of ointment on the area, because the vet will likely just have to clean if off, if the cat doesn't do it first.

      For minor wounds, you can use Vaseline or mineral oil, because they will not harm the cat if she licks them off herself, but don't use anything for people, only what a vet prescribes.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can i get my cat to stop biting me and scratching me?
    I will stroke him and he purrs and hes friendly and stuff. But after a minute or so he decides to bite me, if i say NO! and point at him or something he will then just try and bite me or scratch me and he will be smacking his tail around the place.

    Its really annoying and horrible. How can i get him to stop, because its like he hates me.

    Hes a tom cat, male and 3 years old. Hes been neutered and everything.

    • ANSWER:
      Young kittens between the ages of 3 weeks old and 8 months old will be teething off and on, and will have very strong needs to bite. Just like baby children, kittens are born without teeth, start getting their first baby teeth at about 3-4 weeks old, then they will lose their baby teeth and have their adult teeth come in up until the age of about 8 months old. So the trick here is not to keep them from biting; but rather, to provide them appropriate items to bite. We use heavy-duty plastic drinking straws with our kittens, (being careful to cut off any bitten ends and discard the entire straw before it becomes dangerous, as with any toy), and train them from the start that toys and straws are purr-rectly fine to bite, but human body parts are off-limits! If a kitten learns this from the start, there is hardly ever an inappropriate biting behavior as an adult. Some cats start biting out of frustration after they have been de-clawed. Some cats start biting out of misplaced aggression, which usually can be countered by providing the cat a feline playmate, and/or providing them more cat toys, cat furniture, and making their environment more stimulating for them. For a cat with a serious biting problem, often the quickest way to teach them not to bite you is to immediately blow on his face, as soon as you realize he is biting or is about to bite you. Saying "NO!" firmly at the same time reinforces this training. At all times, it is critical that you be thinking and acting on the firm belief that "toys and straws are for biting; human hands are for giving and receiving love.”

      Don't assume automatically that cats that bite are vicious creatures. You must distinct between play-biting and real aggressive biting. Kittens for example like to play, and sometimes pretty rough. They use their claws and teeth to wrestle with each other. They prepare for catching prey and that’s normal. They usually go unharmed because their fur protects them from serious wounds. However, human skin is a different story, but kittens don't know that.

      When you stroke your kitten it can take it as an invitation to play and clasps your hand and bites. That might hurt a little but is generally nothing to worry about. Some cats make a sport out of leg biting. They jump up on you and dig in. Research has show that it’s a sort of unsatisfied hunting and prey instinct and lack of activity.

      • Teach your kitten from an early age that hands are for feeding and stroking and NOT a toy!
      • Avoid playing with your bare hands
      • Use a fluffy toy or a feather on a string instead
      • In case it grabs your hand, draw it away slowly and do NOT punish your cat, it will understand it as an attack and make matters worse
      • However if you cat did scratch or hurt you in any way, make a yowling sound and show that you have been hurt, your cat will understand
      • If your cat is a "leg biter" try to spend more time playing with it and redirect its attack to a toy. Leave toys lying around so that he can also amuse itself, particular when you keep your cat indoors

      Clean the wound thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water for about fifteen minutes. Then apply antibiotic ointment, (such as Neosporin, polysporin or bacitracin) and a bandage. Watch carefully for any signs of increasing redness, swelling or local warmth. See a physician immediately if these signs of infection occur. Wounds on the hand area are the most prone to infection.

  22. QUESTION:
    I have a new tattoo have been using AD ointment and around it, it looks brown and still hurts. Is that normal?
    This is not my first tat but I don't remember it being like this one. This one is a black and pink butterfly. The tat it's self doesnt hurt but below it does and around the left side!

    • ANSWER:
      i have 5..n each time i still question myself lol..but yea its fine..my tatts didnt hurt getting them..it was the after part..n dependin were it is..ex..wrist,ankle..those might tend to hurt more cuz u move them more..just remember to let it breath..only keep it cover for the first 12-24 hrs..n dnt put to much ointment on it.just enuff to cover it lightly..u will be fine..

      Signs and Treatment of an Infected Tattoo84
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      Tattoo Infection
      When getting a new tattoo, whether it be your first, fifth, or fifteenth, you should be aware of the potential health concerns related with getting the tattoo. You can contract gangrene, syphilis, TB, hepatitis B and C, and HIV, from infected needles and instruments.

      So, when getting a tattoo, it is important that you know that your tattoo artist is using new, sterile needles and clean instruments each time a new person comes in to get a tattoo; everything that comes in contact with human skin and will come in contact with blood and serum needs to be properly sterilized. Even if you don't see blood on the needles or instruments, it doesn't mean that you can't contract a disease or infection (and yes you can contract an infection from a dirty needle, especially if the person before you had an infection).

      But, on the assumption that you've already checked out your tattoo artist and the tattoo shop, the next thing you can do to potentially prevent an infection is to carrying out proper aftercare, which you can check out at Tattoo Aftercare Tips.

      SilKy Doll'S HouSe Signs of Tattoo Infection
      An infection may be present if any of the following symptoms are present after getting your tattoo:

      •Increased pain
      •Major Swelling
      •Large amounts of redness
      •Very tender during/after healing
      •Red streaks extend from the area
      •Pus- creamy yellow, brown, or red
      •Swollen or tender lymph nodes
      •Fever
      You may experience the infection at the tattoo or underneath the skin, deep within the wound. When the infection is set deeper, you'll experience fewer signs, except intense pain and possible swelling.

      Remember that you can decrease the risk of infection by following proper aftercare for cleaning and caring for a new tattoo.

      Since the infection can occur deep within the wound, you want to be careful of the tattoo, itself, healing on top of the infection. If your tattoo heals on the outside, leaving the infection blocked underneath, you may experience more serious complications such as an abscess or cellulite, as well as an overall worse infection, since the infection can spread to the bones, joints, and overall body.

      If you have other diseases or health concerns, you may be at risk for an infection, even if you take proper care of your new tattoo. If you have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, or an impaired immune system, you are at a higher risk of infection and should consult a doctor immediately at the first signs of an infection.

      SilKy Doll'S HouSe Treating an Infected Tattoo
      If you think that you may have an infection in or around your new tattoo, you want to consult a doctor and find proper means of treating the infection before it leads to more serious problems and complications.

      Generally, an antibiotic ointment, such as Bacitracin, A&D Ointment, or Neosporin, will help heal the infection. You should never use a topical cream because you can clog your skin and further worsen the infection.
      Only use a topical ointment if you know for a fact your tattoo is infected.

      Remember to keep the tattoo dry. Do not swim or bath with an infected tattoo because you can potentially worsen the infection.

      ALSO LOOK UP PIXS OF INFECTED TATTS..THAT WILL HELP U COMPARE THE 2

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I keep my 11 week old kitten from biting?
    we try to divert his attention with toys but that seldom works.

    • ANSWER:
      Teething:
      Young kittens between the ages of 3 weeks old and 8 months old will be teething off and on, and will have very strong needs to bite. Just like baby children, kittens are born without teeth, start getting their first baby teeth at about 3-4 weeks old, then they will lose their baby teeth and have their adult teeth come in up until the age of about 8 months old. So the trick here is not to keep them from biting; but rather, to provide them appropriate items to bite. We use heavy-duty plastic drinking straws with our kittens (being careful to cut off any bitten ends and discard the entire straw before it becomes dangerous, as with any toy), and train them from the start that toys and straws are purr-rectly fine to bite, but human body parts are off-limits! If a kitten learns this from the start, there is hardly ever an inappropriate biting behavior as an adult. Some cats start biting out of frustration after they have been de-clawed. Some cats start biting out of misplaced aggression, which usually can be countered by providing the cat a feline playmate, and/or providing them more cat toys, cat furniture, and making their environment more stimulating for them. For a cat with a serious biting problem, often the quickest way to teach them not to bite you is to immediately blow on his face, as soon as you realize he is biting or is about to bite you. Saying "NO!" firmly at the same time reinforces this training. At all times, it is critical that you be thinking and acting on the firm belief that "toys and straws are for biting; human hands are for giving and receiving love.”

      Biting
      Don't assume automatically that cats that bite are vicious creatures. You must distinct between play-biting and real aggressive biting. Kittens for example like to play, and sometimes pretty rough. They use their claws and teeth to wrestle with each other. They prepare for catching prey and that’s normal. They usually go unharmed because their fur protects them from serious wounds. However, human skin is a different story, but kittens don't know that.

      Problem
      When you stroke your kitten it can take it as an invitation to play and clasps your hand and bites. That might hurt a little but is generally nothing to worry about. Some cats make a sport out of leg biting. They jump up on you and dig in. research has show that it’s a sort of unsatisfied hunting and prey instinct and lack of activity.

      Solution
      • Teach your kitten from an early age that hands are for feeding and stroking and NOT a toy!
      • Avoid playing with your bare hands
      • Use a fluffy toy or a feather on a string instead
      • In case it grabs your hand, draw it away slowly and do NOT punish your cat, it will understand it as an attack and make matters worse
      • However if you cat did scratch or hurt you in any way, make a yowling sound and show that you have been hurt, your cat will understand
      • If your cat is a "leg biter" try to spend more time playing with it and redirect its attack to a toy. Leave toys lying around so that he can also amuse itself, particular when you keep your cat indoors

      Clean the wound thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water for about fifteen minutes. Then apply antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin, polysporin or bacitracin) and a bandage. Watch carefully for any signs of increasing redness or local warmth. See a physician immediately if these signs of infection occur. Wounds on the hand area are the most prone to infection.

  24. QUESTION:
    What can I do about a cracked pad on my dog's foot?
    My dog has a cracked pad on the bottom of his left foot that is causing him to run 3-legged. we've put some neosporin ointment on it to try to moisturize it and heal the wound, but after a few days of doing this he still seems to be running and walking with a limp on it. we're not sure exactly how it cracked, maybe jumping around in the backyard and landing on something sharp. what can we do about healing this crack?

    • ANSWER:
      its like dry skin on a human -- it needs lotion and to be left alone. Make him wear a sock or something, possibly a dog shoe. in fact, get all of his feet a dog shoes.

  25. QUESTION:
    If there is a pink swelling underneath your eyelid does that mean it is pink eye?
    Or should i be really concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      no if it was pink eye your eye would be crusty.
      its most likely a sty
      Stysare pimple-like sores on your eyelids usually caused by the bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, which is a bacteria commonly found in the human nose. Remember when you parents used to tell you to stop picking your nose? Well, there was a reason for that, whether they knew it or not. Sties can be caused by a clogged pore or hair follicle as well, just like a pimple. In fact, these clogged pores or oil glands are sometimes caused by a different disease called chalazions, which are chronically inflamed oil glands that are usually not painful, but may need to be removed surgically if they grow big enough. Styes are often mistaken for chalazions. Styes, on the other hand, are usually painful and do not grow to be much larger than your normal zit.

      The most common recommendation for getting rid of styes is to apply a warm compress to the infected area. Warm up a pot of water or just use hot tap water to dampen a wash cloth, then hold the cloth over your eye for 15 minutes at a time. Do this several times a day for as long as it take for the sty to drain on its own. The best thing for getting rid of styes is to let them drain on their own, that way you’re sure to avoid secondary infection that could be brought on if you attempt to pop the sty or rupture the inflamed skin.

      Over-the-counter antibiotic ointments like Neosporin can help get rid of styes. In fact, some companies like Neosporin have special antibiotic sty treatments where you apply a strip that sticks to your eyelid for a period of time. Since most sties are, again, caused by a bacterium, antibiotics (the dominant treatment for bacterial infections in western medicine) are employed to kill the Staph bacteria. If you can do this with a cheap over-the-counter antibiotic cream, you’ve saved yourself a trip to the doctor and an expensive prescription.

      If your sty lasts longer than 7 days, over-the-counter antibiotic eye drops prescribed by your doctor will help get rid of sties. That is, if your styes are in fact caused by S. aureus. It is a good idea to see your doctor if you suffer from chronic or repeatedly infected styes. Generally a painful stye caused by bacterial infection is cured with antibiotics, but sometimes styes can be a secondary infection caused by another more serious disease like blepharitis or something as benign as a susceptibility to chalazions.
      If you want to get rid of a sty, you can have a physician or a nurse pop it. I will say that because a stye is a lot like a small blister or pimple, it is possible to pop it to get rid of it, but I wouldn’t recommend this approach. Besides the obvious dangers of putting anything sharp near your eye, you also risk further infection by giving the other bacteria on your skin an open wound to infect. If a stye is just too damn painful, get a nurse or a doctor to pop it for you, the right way, with sterilized instruments and lots of rubbing alcohol—this is, of course, a last ditch effort to get rid of styes

  26. QUESTION:
    How do you make a cat stop biting and scratching?
    Any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Is the cat a kitten? If so, then he or she may be teething, and they love to play rough.

      Don't assume automatically that cats that bite are vicious creatures. You must distinct between play-biting and real aggressive biting. Kittens for example like to play, and sometimes pretty rough. They use their claws and teeth to wrestle with each other. This is how they learn to hunt and catch prey, so that’s normal. They usually go unharmed because their fur protects them from serious wounds. However, human skin is a different story, but kittens don't know that.

      When you stroke your kitten it can take it as an invitation to play and clasps your hand and bites. That might hurt a little but is generally nothing to worry about. Some cats make a sport out of leg biting. They jump up on you and dig in. Research has show that it’s a sort of unsatisfied hunting and prey instinct and lack of activity.

      Teach your kitten from an early age that hands are for feeding and stroking and NOT a toy!
      Avoid playing with your bare hands
      Use a fluffy toy or a feather on a string instead
      In case it grabs your hand, draw it away slowly and do NOT punish your cat, it will understand it as an attack and make matters worse.
      Anytime your cat scratches or bites you, make a loud yowling sound to show that you have been hurt, (even if you really aren’t hurt). Your cat will understand.
      If your cat is a "leg biter" try to spend more time playing with it and redirect its attack to a toy. Leave toys lying around so that he can also amuse itself, particular when you keep your cat indoors. Cats need a wide variety of toys to keep them interested, so don’t expect a couple toy mice to help.

      Clean the wound thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water for about fifteen minutes. Then apply antibiotic ointment, (such as Neosporin, polysporin or bacitracin) and a bandage. Watch carefully for any signs of increasing redness, swelling or local warmth. See a physician immediately if these signs of infection occur. Bite wounds on hands are the most prone to infection.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can you get cuts to heal quickly?
    Basicly I have some cuts that I really need to make go away because i have a drama performance soon and i can't cover them up because of the outfit i'll be wearing, and the lights will make them more obvious. abotu 100 people will be watching and I really don't want people to see.
    Most of the cuts arn't very deep, they bled but i think they're surface wounds or whatever.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      As a medically-trained human, I suggest you can either do one of the two things.
      Number 1) Leave the cuts to breathe and naturally heal by themselves - which a) works, and b) is the correct way to heal such cuts. I understand your urgency to get rid of them, which is why I suggest a second option.
      Number 2) Wash and apply ointment to the cuts. Gently massage the ointment into the wound, and leave to breathe for around 10-15 minutes. When done, put on a bandage-type wear and leave to heal. Remove at night. With this, you can also ensure healing by not touching the area, leaving the cuts to clear and the scabs to heal.

      DISCLAIMER: The answers are for informational purposes only. I cannot always provide a correct diagnosis or individual treatment advice via e-mail or the internet. Please consult your medical professional or doctor about your specific health concerns.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are the traditional methods of restoring health in the health belief model?

    • ANSWER:
      the traditional methods were the old original methods, and it would depend on what part of the body one was restoring back to health to know what measures to take.
      The first rule is to cleanse the systems, because as in dressing a wound....one always cleans it first before putting ointment or the like on it....same for inside the body. herbs are excellent for bringing the body back to a normal balance...but they are only as effective when a good diagnosis has been given.
      for achieving this, as a herbalist, i find the reishi mushroom highly recommendable...as it detoxifies and heals...balancing all the major systems. Not many realise the close inter relationship between the body systems, and many think that any food sup is the answer, well the human body doesn't function that way....it is a living organism,and needs to be treated in all areas not just the one.Go to the following web page and check out the Gano in RG and LR.....they would be a good start. there is the Lions mane, which a neurological healer and the Cordyceps which has action in the various systems.
      Conventional medicine was introduced in the mid 1800 by a vote of three men 2-1 ...not really a viable way to change a system in healing used for thousands of years.....the state of man's health today shows this is very evident, along with the slow path back to traditional med....isnt that what the dark ages did ...destroy that knowledge for many?

  29. QUESTION:
    My dog got scratched on his mussel! How can I prevent scaring?
    It is almost to the bone and is sort of flapping up on one side. It is not deep enough or wide enough to require stitches. I have no idea how to help it heal without it scaring. He is a very beutiful dog and I would hate to see him with a big scar on his mussel. How can I help the scar to lay flat? How can I help to keep it moist while it heals. Considering he is just a dog I guess I will have to be creative with what he will or won't tolerate me doing to his noes area.

    • ANSWER:
      1. There's that sort of *super glue* for wounds. That will keep the skin in the proper position for healing. Don't use ACTUAL super glue... that stuff hurts like h*ll.

      2. Go to the Farmer's Co-op in your area and get "Nitrofurizone" antibiotic cream. It's amazing stuff and perfectly okay to use on animals... because it's made for animal use. Unlike human antibiotic ointments which can be toxic. ... This will keep the wound site protected, moist, all that.

      I had a really nasty gash on my eyelid when I was younger and I used Nitrofurizone on it. To my amazement, there was no scarring. I've heard similar from other folks.

      No guarantees, but worth a shot, right?

  30. QUESTION:
    What do you do if a cat bit you and broke the skin?
    My friend's cat which is only about 8 weeks old just bit me. It broke the skin in two places on my finger. they are small though but it still bled only until I put on peroxide and alcohol. Do you think I should go to a doctor ASAP? the kitten was clam when I hold it but freaked when a dog came. Please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, young kittens go through a teething phase, just as humans do. Clean the wound thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water for about fifteen minutes. Then apply antibiotic ointment (such as neosporin, polysporin or bacitracin). Watch carefully for any signs of increasing redness or local warmth. See a physician immediately if these signs of infection occur. Wounds on the hand area are the most prone to infection.

      Advice to give to you friend:
      Young kittens between the ages of 3 weeks old and 8 months old will be teething off and on, and will have very strong needs to bite. Just like baby children, kittens are born without teeth, start getting their first baby teeth at about 3-4 weeks old, then they will lose their baby teeth and have their adult teeth come in up until the age of about 8 months old. So the trick here is not to keep them from biting; but rather, to provide them appropriate items to bite. We use heavy-duty plastic drinking straws with our kittens (being careful to cut off any bitten ends and discard the entire straw before it becomes dangerous, as with any toy), and train them from the start that toys and straws are purr-rectly fine to bite, but human body parts are off-limits! If a kitten learns this from the start, there is hardly ever an inappropriate biting behavior as an adult. Some cats start biting out of frustration after they have been de-clawed. Some cats start biting out of misplaced aggression, which usually can be countered by providing the cat a feline playmate, and/or providing them more cat toys, cat furniture, and making their environment more stimulating for them. For a cat with a serious biting problem, often the quickest way to teach them not to bite you is to immediately blow on his face, as soon as you realize he is biting or is about to bite you. Saying "NO!" firmly at the same time reinforces this training. At all times, it is critical that you be thinking and acting on the firm belief that "toys and straws are for biting; human hands are for giving and receiving love.”

      Don't assume automatically that cats that bite are vicious creatures. You must distinct between play-biting and real aggressive biting. Kittens for example like to play, and sometimes pretty rough. They use their claws and teeth to wrestle with each other. They prepare for catching prey and that’s normal. They usually go unharmed because their fur protects them from serious wounds. However, human skin is a different story, but kittens don't know that.

      Problem
      When you stroke your kitten it can take it as an invitation to play and clasps your hand and bites. That might hurt a little but is generally nothing to worry about. Some cats make a sport out of leg biting. They jump up on you and dig in. research has show that it’s a sort of unsatisfied hunting and prey instinct and lack of activity.

      Solution
      • Teach your kitten from an early age that hands are for feeding and stroking and NOT a toy!
      • Avoid playing with your bare hands
      • Use a fluffy toy or a feather on a string instead
      • In case it grabs your hand, draw it away slowly and do NOT punish your cat, it will understand it as an attack and make matters worse
      • However if you cat did scratch or hurt you in any way, make a yowling sound and show that you have been hurt, your cat will understand
      • If your cat is a "leg biter" try to spend more time playing with it and redirect its attack to a toy. Leave toys lying around so that he can also amuse itself, particular when you keep your cat indoors

  31. QUESTION:
    Best way to prevent proud flesh on wounds?
    My horse has recently cut his leg on a sheet of tin, the vet has come and cleaned it up and given him a tetanus booster. Is there anyway to prevent excess proud flesh? and also for people has experienced this before how long did it take for the skin to regrow over the area?

    • ANSWER:
      If this is a lower leg wound, then it is more prone to developing proud flesh. The best treatment to prevent proud flesh is to encourage correct healing. You want to keep the wound cleaned and dressed every day. You do not want the wound to dry out. Moist dressing is preferred since research has shown better healing with less scarring when wounds are kept moist as they heal. The only exception is in wounds that produce a large amount of serous exudate, or infected wounds with purulent drainage. So, a hydrogel ointment is good for keeping the wound moist as needed.
      I also use and prefer an ointment called EMT which is a collagen gel I strongly recommend and it assists healing better than any other products I've seen. By promoting correct healing, it prevents proud flesh. It also adheres very well to the wound, and limits pain and itching.
      The trick to preventing proud flesh is to allow healthy granulation tissue to form, which allows epithelial tissue to grow from the wound edges over the granulated area to fill in a gapped area. But if too much granulation tissue forms, so that it is elevated above the wound edges, the epithelial tissue can't grow over it. But, healthy granulation tissue prevents infection and is essential to healing, so you don't want to damage it.

      The reason Adolph's meat tenderizer works in treating proud flesh is because it contains papain which is an enzyme that is proteolytic, which means it digests protein. It is used in medicine, as well as is another proteolytic called chymopapain, both extracted from the papaya plant. Collagen is a protein that forms part of granulation tissue, and another type of collagen forms scar tissue. Papain can destroy that collagen, so it can inhibit scar tissue and exuberant granulation (proud flesh).

      The problem with it is that you need collagen to form the initial granulation required to heal the wound, so if it is used too early, or aggressively, it could interfere with healing. Anytime healing is slowed, it can contribute to proud flesh development, so it is risky to use it, especially if there is no proud flesh already present. If enough is used to destroy the collagen, then the wound can't heal. Wound healing could be severely delayed by using proteolytic enzymes on a wound, making it more vulnerable to infection.

      The other major risk with using these enzymes is that of allergic reaction and anaphylactic shock. This has been well studied in humans and is the reason why humans who are allergic to Adolph's cannot receive medical treatments using these enzymes. There are no studies on this in horses that I've seen, but it is a risk to consider.

      Epithelialization can begin after 3 days if the wound is well granulated and not infected. so you need to be sure your wound edges are not being overgrown with excessive granulation when that begins. I would use 0.9% saline solution in a syringe or squeeze bottle to flush the wound daily, and sterile non-stick gauze with either a hydrogel or EMT over the wound to keep it moist. Saline will not harm healthy tissue and kills microbes. You can use elastikon tape over Kling wrap to secure the gauze dressing. If you use vetwrap, then you should pad with cotton sheeting as well. You don't have to cover with bandaging, but it does help to protect from contamination during healing. When you flush with the saline, if you note any debris in the wound that won't flush out, use sterile tweezers to grasp and remove it.
      Watch for epithelial filling in from the edges of the wound toward the center. If at any time you see granulation above the surface of the wound edges, you need to remove the excess either surgically or medically. Your vet can mix a steroid/antibiotic preparation to prevent proud flesh, or cut it away once it forms. There is no nerve tissue in proud flesh so no anesthesia is required. Or, if it forms, you can try one of the products on the market, or the Adolph's, if you are willing to accept the risks. It is usually considered best to surgically remove it for best results.
      I believe Farnam makes a hydrogel, and EMT is available at Tractor and Farm supply stores. You can buy sterile isotonic saline at any drugstore.

  32. QUESTION:
    10 points! How to make a wound heal faster? well its not exactly a wound but still?
    what can i do? some home recipies to put on it to make it heal faster? something i should eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid infection - make sure to wash the open wound well with soap and water and use an anti-septic. If an infection occurs, this will delay the healing of the wound and make it heal slower.

      Apply a bandage to the wound initially but not forever - use a sterile bandage to cover the wound to keep infection out, but make sure to change the bandage frequently and especially if it gets wet or dirty. Initially using a bandage can help heal the open wound.

      However, after the wound is settled, if the open wound is minor, you should leave the bandage off to let the wound air out. The fresh air will help heal the open wound faster. If you are unsure, ask your doctor how long you should leave on a bandage for your particular type of open wound. Consider buying Band-Aid Advanced Healing Bandages which are clinically proven to heal cuts faster.

      Try using Wound-Be-Gone to heal the wound faster. Wound-Be-Gone is a topical gel which claims to heal wounds quicker. You can find out more on their website - http://www.woundbegone.com/

      Some people say to apply natural remedies to heal open wounds faster (such as salt, essential oils such as lavender and tea tree, honey, etc.). However, make sure to ask your doctor first - especially if the wound is open or severe.

      Visit the Band-aid website. They have a lot of information on how to heal open wounds quickly - including wound care by type of wound and first aid products to keep on hand. Visit http://www.bandaid.com/

      Source2:
      Saline Solution:If a wound, burn or cut needs medical attention the usual routine is to clean it and then place an antiseptic or antibiotic ointment on top of the skin to prevent the spread of bacteria. The most common choices in hospitals are iodine or hydrogen peroxide. These do kill bacteria, but they can also react badly with live tissue. These chemicals can create a situation where the wound is clean and free of bacteria but won't heal because new tissue cannot be generated. Saline solution has been introduced to solve this problem. It is simply salt and water. It is effective in cleaning wounds, and its make-up is similar to that of the human body so adverse reactions are less likely.
      Aloe Vera
      Aloe vera is a plant that has been used in treating burns, cuts and scrapes for centuries. The plant contains enzymes and proteins that help regenerate new tissues. Aloe vera can be applied directly to the skin without the pain and sting that conventional treatments can bring. It usually comes in the form of creams and gels but aloe vera juice can be ingested. Aloe vera relieves pain, itch and inflammation and helps to speed the healing process.
      Healthy Foods
      # Taking care of your body from the inside out can actually speed healing. Eating foods that are high in protein gives your body the materials it needs to rebuild tissues. Eating a diet of lean meats, fish and dairy products will keep the body well and enable it to heal itself.
      Vitamin C
      # Vitamin C contains healing properties. Vitamin C is best used in the initial stages of healing as it stimulates the formation of collagen in the body.

      Read more: How Can I Make a Wound Heal Faster? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5587737_can-make-wound-heal-faster_.html#ixzz1EuNZUlNi
      e 2:

  33. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about the bite my brother gave me?
    Well...its not exactly a bite...
    Me and my brother were playing around the other day, and as we were playing we both fell and his teeth punctured my skin near my ankle. It happened 2 days ago and it still hurts pretty bad and its dark red.

    I wouldn't generally make a thing out of it, but I just took a wellness class and I was told human bites should always be cared for.

    Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      did he puncture the skin? it should be cared for like any other skin wound. first, you want to disinfect it with peroxide, and then cover it with triple antibiotic ointment. finally, put a bandage over it. if he did not puncture the skin, it is more than likely just a good sized bruise. if he did, just take care of it like any other cut. good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    how long does a bruised bone take to heal?
    While kickboxing at my gym my partner and i happpend to kick each other at the same time and our shins connected like an x and ever since even kicking my heavy bag very softly causes intense pain is this because i bruised my leg bone and if so how long does it take to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      It could take 6 weeks to as long as . . . well it could take a very long time. It all depends on how much rest and nurturing you give it.

      As for the milk, please don't. Cow's milk is for baby cow's not humans. Look at http://libaware.economads.com/milkletter.php for more information.

      For stronger bones you should look at higher concentrations of Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Omega-3's (Fish Oil), Omega-6 (Primrose Oil) and good sources of protein (non-soy). Look into some of the nutrition books for martial artists, most are pretty good.

      Get a good dit-jow or similar ointment for the wound to speed it's healing also. (Best when applied as soon as possible)

  35. QUESTION:
    My Paint colt had a run in with a barb wire fence. Still has one open wound should I put anything on it?
    He was injured about a wekk ago-all his cuts have healed up nicly except one that I suspect he is rubbing open. It is not bleeding nor infected-but is red should I put an antibotic gel on it or wait it out longer?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to answer this as both a nurse and horse owner.
      The goal with wounds is to never do more damage. Many of the powders and antiseptic medications for animals wounds out there are not ever used for people. Why? After all, an injury is an injury, right? The reason people never have Wonder Dust or some of these products applied is - they actually cause damage to the good tissue. Wound care is a complicated and lengthy topic, in nursing their are nurses who specialize in wound care and will come to your hospital to look at a problem wound and then give advice as even the average nurse cannot keep up with the new products and the ideal care for each type of wound.
      So don't put a bunch of harsh products on your horse's injury unless advised by a vet, you could easily make the problem worse instead of better!
      Now, let's consider your horse. You did not say where the wound was, how deep it is, how long it is, etc, and this will vastly affect how you treat it. In my opinion, anyone giving you advice without this information is just taking a wild guess at what to do. You would be better talking to your vet than YA about this sort of question, your vet will tell you good products that help with this particular wound.
      I'm a big fan of keeping wounds clean. So hosing it off once a day for five or ten minutes would be appropriate, but don't spray it with alot of force or you could injury the healing wound bed. Pat it dry and then access it. Does it gap? Does it have blood or pus? Is it deep red, or dull red? Does it look at though its infected? Is it dry and cracked, or wet and moist?
      In most cases you want some moisture in a wound. Dry wounds do not heal well, which is one of the problems with Wonder Dust. (Wonder Dust's one claim to fame is - its drying and stops bleeding in open wounds. I still would avoid it in these cases, most vets say NEVER apply harsh products in a fresh wound) If this injury is on your horse's fetlock or cornet band you will have problems with it, low leg wounds tend to heal slowly due to limited blood supply and constant movement. You might be well to use Vetrap to keep it clean and wrapped. If you use Vetrap make sure its applied properly and won't cut off circulation.
      In my opinion your best bet is - clean it daily. Dry it. Apply a human type antibiotic ointment. Use Vetrap if on a joint, otherwise leave it open to air. Consider using an animal based bug spray that is made for wounds to keep pests away.
      One week is not a long time for an injury. I would keep an eye on it and give it some more time, and if I had any further concerns I would talk to my vet.
      Good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    A round black sore on my male cats belly?
    My cat has been licking his tummy for days now. He has all his fur licked off in a small round area on his belly. I looked there and it was like a small black sore with like a white spot in the middle. I am worried and I don't know what to do. I don't have enough money to take him to the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like an infected bite or half a tick that he's bitten off. His grooming is a response to the discomfort he's feeling. As you can't get to the vet, bathe the area clean with a salt water solution and apply a little Gimborn spray (see link) should work wonders.
      If you can't get this, a little Neospotin ointment - NOT the cream, the ointment (or Walgreen's equivalent). The petroleum jelly base of this product will deter him from grooming the area, and the antibiotic will start the healing process. If there's a bit of tick left in the wound, however, it may continue to fester and then you will just have to swallow a vet bill to get it removed as it will become damaging in time.

      Be vigilant, it's so easy to say "go to the vet, now" but if this simply isn't an option, keep the area clean and watch, watch, watch. Fingers crossed.

      Please be aware that the use of "human" products on cats is never a great idea, Neospotin ointment is the only thing I ever use in emergencies on my pets that aren't pet specific, and this is after much research and advice.

      Luck x

  37. QUESTION:
    How often can you bathe a dog? My daughter dog seems to smell all the time?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs have very sensitive skins. The skin is well protected by the coat, except in the hairless breeds. Each primary hair of the coat has an associated oil gland. Many dogs grow more than one type of fibre in their coats, the softer, finer fibres are known as secondary fibres and may not have an associated oil gland. Each primary fibre sometimes has several secondary fibres. Only primary fibres have muscles attached to them. These are strongest along the nape of the neck and back and some can even be found in the tail.

      The function of the oil gland is to produce a light oil to protect the hair fibre, keeping it supple and to resist the penetration of dirt, dust and moisture into the coat, and hence onto the skin, where these pollutants would be irritants. Regular brushing assists in keeping the coat clean. It stimulates oil production and keeps the little glands free from debris and prevents them becoming blocked with dead cells and thickened secretions.

      On the other hand, washing and excess swimming remove the normal oily secretions, leaving the hair less protected, so that dirt and water may penetrate the coat and irritate the skin. The skin is also left without its normal oily coating which would keep it supple, clean and elastic. It becomes dry, irritable and brittle. It is itchy. Problems with the coat also arise during hot summers. The coat will insulate the dog up to a certain point, beyond which the dog rapidly overheats, which causes the skin to redden and again it becomes itchy. In these conditions the natural oil may become thickened and less easily spread along the hair fibres. This may cause blockage of the oil gland ducts, exacerbating the problem.

      Much the same condition may occur during normal molting periods, when "hot spots" occur where ducts have been blocked with secondary hairs, dead cells and other normal debris on the surface of the skin.

      These problems may all occur in all dogs, but some dogs are much more sensitive than others. Breeders should select against breeding from those dogs with skin problems that are not due to actual external irritants such as fleas.
      This problem of skin damage is usually known as eczema in dogs. The first sign of the developing problem will be chew or scratch marks on the surface of the coat. At this stage the dog should be treated with a dip, spray or powder for fleas, and his bedding and any place where he rests should be sprayed with a reliable product , that as well as containing insecticides, should also contain insect growth regulators. All areas frequented by the dog should be kept damp to allay dust problems, quite independently of the presence of fleas.

      The area of the coat containing the ruffled appearance should be parted and the skin beneath and surrounding the region should be closely examined for any damage. If the skin is damaged it should be immediately treated with a reliable antiseptic powder, such as are readily available for human use from supermarkets. This is usually adequate when damage is minimal.

      The coat should be brushed back into its normal lay. It should not be clipped. This will only give the dog better access to the irritated skin to chew and scratch, as well as leaving it completely exposed to the sun, wind, rain. Dirt and dust. This will exascerbate the problem too. The use of ointments, lotions and other moisturizing agents will also create more problems than the use of a dry powder to act as an antiseptic. The dry powder will fall away from the skin, whilst any moist or sticky agents will encourage dirt to adhere in the area, increasing the itchiness.

      Having removed the threat of fleas, even a single flea can create extensive eczema in a susceptible dog, consider what other factors may have caused the dog to become itchy. Have you changed his diet? Have you given him some delicious tidbits? Is it very hot? Is he/she changing coat? Is his yard dry or dusty? Has any of his routine been changed? There are many more questions you should ask yourself too, such as: Have you bathed the dog? Did you remove all the shampoo and conditioner? If there is a negative answer to any of these questions and any further ones you can think of, perhaps the dog has an allergy to one or more things.

      If flies are a bother, use a good repellant on the dogs coat surrounding the damaged places. Do not apply repellant to the damaged area. Flies often bite dogs on the ears, noses, tail and other spots, giving rise to skin damage. This should be treated as above and the dog should have repellant applied to his coat during the day. If it is applied early in the morning, the application needs to be repeated in the afternoon.

      When the skin is damaged and there is a red raw eczema.

      This may occur within twelve hours of the first damage to the coat and it may spread at an alarming rate as a weeping, stinking, wet eczema The dog is a sorry mess. The affected area, very frequently the rump, back or sides, is red raw, seeping and has a very unpleasant smell. The animal needs immediate veterinary attention. It is very unwise to wait and see. It will only get worse.

      There are two common veterinary procedures, apart from clipping mentioned above, that are not recommended, so discuss them with your veterinary advisor before treatment is implemented. The first is the use of corticosteroids. These drugs have a magic effect on inflammation and itchiness, and for immediate results, are the drugs of choice. But, like the magic wand they are, there is a downside. They suppress the normal immune reaction to the condition, so that next time there is a similar stimulus, much less will be needed to produce the same degree of skin damage, and if an allergic reaction, other systems may become involved. The dog may have hay fever, asthma or allergic diarrhea as well as severe eczema. Also, nature has provided inflammation as a natural body defense against invasion by microbes. This is negated by the use of corticosteroids, so that very powerful and totally effective antibiotics must be used in conjunction with them. This means that good microbes, as well as the potential invaders, must be killed throughout the body, to protect the dog from invasion by deadly microbes.

      Secondly, Elizabethan collars, or "buckets over the head" are recommended to prevent the animal doing further damage to the eczema. A smart dog will find something to rub on, if he cannot get his teeth to the itch. The mental torture such a device must cause a dog is beyond belief. Have you ever had an awkward itch you could not scratch for even a few minutes? Wasn’t that agony? What is the point of curing the dog’s eczema if you are going to torture him mentally, perhaps spoiling his temperament for life.

      Alternatively, the itch may be eased with the use of oral antihistamines. This will treat the inflammation by neutralizing the histamine which causes the itch and reddening. The area of the eczema will need treating with antiseptics that deal with bacteria, fungi and yeasts. The best form is again powder for the same reasons as before. Once the weeping has stopped and there is scabbing, a lotion or ointment is needed to keep the scab supple, or it will itch and be attacked by the dog, creating further problems. The substances used on these extensive areas of damage need to be non-toxic if the dog should lick them, be unattractive to flies, and should repel dust and dirt. This is a fairly tall order. At different times such substances have been marketed, but mostly they have been unsatisfactory and removed. Silicone based lotions are quite good, combined with aloe vera they work quite well, once any infection has been treated. Wheat germ oil is also very effective. Will it recur?

      If the original eczema occurred through fleas or flea infestations, yes, it will recur under the same conditions. If it is due to an allergy or a food intolerance it will also recur. If it is due to dead coat hanging on, it may be avoided by thorough and regular grooming. Sometimes it may be avoided by changing the diet. Occasionally it may be avoided by altering the acidity of the diet; e.g., by giving a small dose of cider vinegar daily.

      What works for one dog may not work for another. All dogs have delicate and sensitive skins. These should be looked after with care and alertness. It is often easier to prevent the development of eczema by your awareness, than to cure an outbreak a few hours later.

      I would advise you to take your dog to your vet to see what he/she thinks. Hope that was of help to you.

  38. QUESTION:
    I injured my face at work, what should i do?
    I was working with a grinder and it had a polishing disc on it. I was trying to get into a corner and all of a sudden it got caught and flicked back at my face.

    It scraped one of my cheeks and the side of my nose pretty deep. I've been applying betadine spray and up till now i havent covered the wound.

    Will i be able to shower, even though the skin is still raw?

    I'm just worried if shampoo can be harmful and if the damaged skin is better off being dry?

    What are your thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      The Betadine is a bad idea as it is slowing down the wound healing and also is drying out the wound both very bad ideas. Drying out the wounds slows down healing by creating a scab which is a big hard, dry rock in the middle of tissues trying to fill in and pull themselves together. You need to apply antibiotic ointment to the area twice a day to keep the wound moist as this promotes fastest healing. As far as the cause, you need to immediately take pictures of the wound and notify Human resources and your immediate supervisor of the injury so workman's comp can hopefully pay for the care.

  39. QUESTION:
    anyone know a DIY way to treat a cats wound?
    my cat got in a fight and now has a scab near his tail. (i think he lost :( ..), anyway, i cant afford a vet, what can i do? how do i treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      If there is a scab, there probably isn't any issue. Cats are remarkable at healing themselves (a protein in their saliva promotes healinb). Just watch out for an abscess. If the scab really smells and/or looks like it has puss in it, then you need to treat. Get a cloth wet with warm-hot water and salt, and apply to the scab area several times until the scab gets soft. Then, clean with a little diluted peroxide. Most human healing creams are not suitable for cats, so you can just give your cat a quick call (they don't charge for a phone call) to ask what ointment you might be able to put on a small cut. Neosporin WITHOUT PAIN RELIEF is usually acceptable to cats.

      However, feel the ears and paws. If the ears feel unusually warm, there might be an infection from the wound, and I hate to say it, your cat will need antibiotics.

      Just watch it for a day or two. If I hauled a cat off to the vet every time it got into a scrape, I may as well just camp out in the parking lot. These happen, most of the time the cat can deal with small cuts and scrapes themselves. Just keep a watchful eye (and nose) for abscessing.

  40. QUESTION:
    How do you help old cuts heal on horses?
    I have a ten year old mare who we bought not to long ago. She was sold because of a cut on her leg. it has been healing for 11 months and having trouble healing the very last little bit1 Any ideas wht to put on it !?!
    Its just below the hock, former owners used honey on it and ive been usung techadrem, and equifix. after washing it in vetadine(:

    • ANSWER:
      A cut that hasn't closed after 11 months warrants veterinary evaluation. There may be an embedded foreign material, low grade infection in deeper underlying tissue, fibrosis with weak, inadequate scar tissue, or proud flesh that requires medical treatment and surgical debridement or excision before healing can progress to close the wound. Application of the wrong topical treatments can do more harm than good, and many wound irrigations and dressings used in the past are no longer ever recommended since they are either cytotoxic and kill healthy cells needed for healing, or they evoke immune rejection responses that significantly impair and delay healing. It is entirely possible that the reason this wound still won't heal after 11 months is the result of inadequate or inappropriate treatment employed initially.
      Oil, petroleum, or lanolin based ointments, harsh chemical disinfectants, powders and drying or caustic agents all impair healing and no longer recommended. Nitrofurazone preparations like FuraZone ointment, for example, decrease the rate of wound healing (epithelialization) which increases risk of infection and proud flesh. Oil, petroleum, or lanolin based dressings, harsh chemical disinfectants, and drying or caustic agents are no longer recommended. Otc strength antibiotic ointments are minimally effective and promote development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Today the approach to wound care is one of "less is more", and the treatment objective is to allow the horse's own immune responses to prevent infectons and heal wounds effectively. Decades of exhaustive human medical research on wound healing and treatment has led to development of better methods and products for treatment of open wounds.
      Open wounds should be flushed with sterile 0.9% isotonic saline solution. You can buy saline for wounds at drugstores, or make it at home by dissolving 3/4 of a teaspoon of table salt (no iodine) into one pint of boiled water and using a syringe to squirt it onto the wound after it cools to room temperature. Moderate pressure should be used to flush away debris and bacteria without too much pressure which can damage tissue.
      Vetericyn gel/spray is formulated based on the research, and is the best wound dressing on the veterinary market today. It won't kill healthy tissue and immune cells, won't evoke immune rejection, and will keep the wound bed moist as is needed to allow optimum healing of open wounds to progress.
      Vetericyn comes in otc strength that can be purchased at equine or pet supply stores. Prescription strength Vetericyn VF can be prescribed by your vet.

      Again though, a wound this old and still not closed should be evaluated by a veterinarian asap, and you should avoid treatments advised online. .

  41. QUESTION:
    my cat bites.i have never heard her purr.she wags her tail when she is happy and content.i thought cats wagged
    their tails when they got upset.could she be bi-polar?she is a tuxedo breed.she has not been declawed.what is up with her?
    she can't have kittens.
    robby h,you may be right because she loves water.she sleeps in the bath tub.

    • ANSWER:
      Biting
      Don't assume automatically that cats that bite are vicious creatures. You must distinct between play-biting and real aggressive biting. Kittens for example like to play, and sometimes pretty rough. They use their claws and teeth to wrestle with each other. They prepare for catching prey and that’s normal. They usually go unharmed because their fur protects them from serious wounds. However, human skin is a different story, but kittens don't know that.

      Problem
      When you stroke your kitten it can take it as an invitation to play and clasps your hand and bites. That might hurt a little but is generally nothing to worry about. Some cats make a sport out of leg biting. They jump up on you and dig in. research has show that it’s a sort of unsatisfied hunting and prey instinct and lack of activity.

      Solution
      • Teach your kitten from an early age that hands are for feeding and stroking and NOT a toy!
      • Avoid playing with your bare hands
      • Use a fluffy toy or a feather on a string instead
      • In case it grabs your hand, draw it away slowly and do NOT punish your cat, it will understand it as an attack and make matters worse
      • However if you cat did scratch or hurt you in any way, make a yowling sound and show that you have been hurt, your cat will understand
      • If your cat is a "leg biter" try to spend more time playing with it and redirect its attack to a toy. Leave toys lying around so that he can also amuse itself, particular when you keep your cat indoors

      Clean the wound thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water, and if it's bleeding you may want to do this for about fifteen minutes. Then apply antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, polysporin or bacitracin. Watch carefully for any signs of increasing redness or local warmth. See a physician immediately if these signs of infection occur. Wounds on the hand area are the most prone to infection.

      Here's a great website that explains what all the tail movements mean: http://www.xmission.com/~emailbox/tailtalk.htm

  42. QUESTION:
    It it possible to get hiv from using the same hemorrhoids cream ?
    Just wondering is it possible to spread hiv by using the same cream by mistake, if someone was hiv +

    • ANSWER:
      It is theoretically possible, but very unlikely.

      The HIV virus is not very robust outside the human body. The virus would have to be transferred from the infected person to the container of cream. If the person using the cream is practising basic hygiene precautions, this shouldn't happen.

      Having contaminated the cream, the virus would have to survive for long enough to still be infectious when the cream was used by someone else. The virus would also have to find it's way into a lesion or wound.

      Most over-the -counter medicines contain a preservative to maximise shelf life. Although these preservatives are not specifically designed to kill the HIV virus, the virus will not survive for very long in their presence.

      To face a risk, albeit a small one, of infection someone would have to use a significantly contaminated dose of cream within a very short time of the infected person contaminating it.

      Having said all this, no one should use any medication used in a potentially infectious situation by anyone else. This goes for creams, ointments, eye-drops and equipment.

  43. QUESTION:
    Christians, would god (your god) have a book inspire by him that has any flaws or inaccuracy?
    Would god have a book that has been inspired by him edited, mistranslated and books, pages taken out?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what you mean by flaws or inaccuracy. When the New Testament was being written, as a Christian, I thought the scribes who translated never made a mistake. They are human,so they probably did. However, let's take the following sentences for an example:

      A cat walked to point A.
      The cat walked to point A.
      There once was a cat who walked to point A.
      The feline walked to point A.
      To get to point A, the cat walked.
      A kat walked to point A.
      THE CAT WENT TO POINT A
      A couple of cats wound up at a certain spot.
      Because the animal had legs, it was able to go to a designated spot.

      Each of these sentences have the same subject. They are referring to a type of cat. Then, somehow, probably by walking, the cat went to a place. Now, the main point is are we going to argue how the sentence was structured or are we going to accept that a cat went to a place? The whole point of the Bible is not to get mixed up in sentence grammar and vocabulary, but to reiterate the point that Jesus died to have a relationship with us. Sin deserves to go to hell, people don't. God doesn't want people to go to hell. He is a loving God; however, if we choose sin, we chose the consequnces that go with it. If your mom tells you not to touch a stove, and you do it, she did not punish you, but you chose the consequence that went with it. Now, just like God, she can put ointment on your hand (just like Jesus died for our sins) and you will get better.

      The Bible shows history, but not necessarily in order. The Gospels aren't suppose to be a specific book, but the account of Jesus' life. As for mistranslated versions, there are plenty of other versions which have been translated correctlyish. It may be like the example I gave already, however the message is still the same.

      How about inaccuracy? Well, the Bible gives a couple of accounts of the resurrection. One says something like there were two people and another says three were present. Not sure the exact example right now, but let's go with that. Are we going to be so picky about a couple of people? Maybe the author was identifying the most important people present. Maybe, just as our reporters today, use terms such as a handful or a couple, for the description. We don't give them a hard time about specifics like that.

      About the pages taken out. Well, I guess the best answer is God didn't need us reading that. It may have caused confusion. I obviously can't give an example of a page taken out because if it was, we don't have it.

      I hope this helps!

  44. QUESTION:
    should i take precautions with my hamster and holding them?
    well my hamsters are syrian and they are going to be 2 months old on 12/21/09, when ever you go to pick them up the flip on their backs and freak out, and it makes me scared to hold them, ive been bit my my old female dumbo rat, but not a hamster. and the male has already bit my little god brother!!

    oh and do hamsters have any diseases that are harmful to humans?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay first, hamsters are very clean animals but any time your skin is broken there is the potential for infection, so clean the wound, disinfect and bandage it like you would if you got stabbed with a rusty nail. Since they are not wild, the chances of them carrying any diseases or parasites are very low. I have been bitten thousands of times by hamsters, mice, rats, degus, cats, gerbils and much more and only ever suffered from two infections resulting from a bite, both were easily treated with antibiotic ointment.

      With your hamsters you have 2 problems, one is that they are not socialized, the other is that they are territorial. Most hamsters are territorial, Syrians especially so. Instead of picking them up with your hand, scoop them up with something, I find it easy to coax mine into a cardboard toilet paper tube and pick them up that way. How long you will have to do this for varies with the temperament of your hamster. I have one Russian Campbell that will absolutely jump into my hand now that she is socialized, and a male who I have to coax reluctantly out of his cage for playtime.

      The cage is their territory, if you respect that, especially at first, it will go a long way.

      Secondly you need to socialize your hamsters, this means they are not used to humans and have not been held enough. This is MUCH easier with Syrians, the type you have. First make sure you wash your hands so they do not smell of food and dry them properly before holding the hamsters. Once you get them out of the cage (Cardboard toilet paper tube?) let them in your hand, keep them away from fingers or edges which may be tempting to bite if your hammy is feeling defensive or testy. If your hamster is high energy you will need to hold tightly, not so much as to hurts it but enough that you can control its speed, you DON'T want to drop them. If they are lower energy and fine, then let them explore the palm of your hand while you pet them gently with the other hand. Make an endless tunnel with you hands by letting it walk through one and then the other, do this over a bed, chair or couch so that if little hammy runs to fast they don't fall very far. Do this at least 1x or 2x a day 5-15 minutes each time, over time your hamsters will become accustomed to you and may even look forward to coming out of their cage. Hamsters, especially ones that are poorly socialized may nip or bite. Try not to jump too much or startle too hard, tell them not to bite in a stern voice but keep petting them gently, this will help them to trust you and in trusting you they usually stop biting rather quickly. When you put them in their cage give them a treat, you can buy stuff like yogurt drops in the store but I'm just as likely to use something on hand, a couple of nuts, a piece of cereal, a bit of apple, carrot or lettuce. If they will take it from your hand, then great, if not just place it in their food dish to peruse at their leisure. As they get more used to you keep them out for longer periods, I'll occasionally take mine out and watch a movie while handling them, sometimes putting them back halfway through the movie depending on the hammy's mood. Don't do this with unsocialized hamsters as its very stressful when they aren't used to you.

      Lastly hamsters are a lot like me, and tend to be very grumpy when just woken up. Expect them to be less friendly when just awoken. Hamsters are partially crepuscular, which means they have periods of activity just when the sun is rising and when its setting. Try to take advantage of this and handle them for at least a couple of minutes when you see them up and about in early morning or in the afternoon/late afternoon.

      Hamsters are very clean and intelligent and make great pets, I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine!

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it OK to use antibiotic ointments/creams on dogs?
    So my dog has recently grazed his legs twice. They're not bad but they're not good. I don't want them to get infected so is it OK to use creams (which we humans use? Thanks.
    I heard that Betadine was OK to put on. Its just a graze. There isn't bleeding but there was before. Now it stopped. It's not big but it freaked me out, espeially because he's old. Is it normal because the second graze is near his pads that he finds it harder to walk. I bandaged it up and he finds it easier. And how do I stop him from licking it without putting on that "umbrella" cap thing. (The funnel looking thing) because he hates it. Sorry but thanks,

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, if the cut is purely superficial and doesn't appear to have become infected (severely inflamed, swollen, or oozy), plain Neosporin or Bacitracin are safe to use. If the cut involves more than the top layers of the skin, i.e. you can see muscle, tendon or bone, the dog should see a vet as the wound may require professional debridement, suture, or oral antibiotics.

      If the cut does start to look infected, please do take him to the vet.

      EDIT: To keep him from licking, you could bandage with clean, dry gauze and a wrap, but in my opinion it's better to leave small wounds open. If you don't want to use an E-collar, you could try a basket muzzle, but he might not like that either and they can be expensive. If it's a small scrape, I wouldn't worry too much about him licking at it (unless it gets infected or doesn't appear to be healing). The one on his pad, if he walks on it, I would try to keep covered with a clean, dry bandage until it starts to heal to avoid external contamination from dirt, bacteria, etc..

  46. QUESTION:
    Is it true there bacteria in teeth that can kill when someone bites you?
    if it is true, would it have to be a bite where they cut your skin open.??

    • ANSWER:
      The skin would have to be broken for the bacteria to enter and get a good foothold, but it is seriously unlikley that you would get an infection bad enough to kill you unless you completely ignored the wound and did nothing to keep it clean. It would take days to weeks for the infection to develop into anything approaching that, and it a healthy individual it might never get that bad before the body's natural defenses fought it off.
      We do not have some magical deadly bacteria floating around in our mouths, but they are pretty dirty like any creatures mouth. If you are bitten, flush the wound with water and apply polysporin ointment to it. If it becomes very red, puffy, or hot you have an infection and need to see a doctor. There are some interesting links involving human and animal bites below.
      Edit: the digestive process in the mouth starts mostly with amylase, an enzyme that breaks down simple sugars. It is not something that would cause instant damage to tissue, which is composed of complex proteins.

  47. QUESTION:
    What kind of wounds are honey used on?
    I heard that honey is used on wounds, but what kind of wounds?
    you know, like clean cuts, swollen wounds, infected wounds, etc...

    • ANSWER:
      Strangely I was researching this very topic this morning - honey is inappropriate for granulation tissue as well epithelial tissues - which would make it totally inappropriate for any type of wound care - open, closed, de-brided, etc...

      Edit:II - I had to go through my history a little...Sorry, the person who asked me about it earlier asked about it's application for surgical wounds in an animal - animals and humans are very similar so the same rules "apply" This link was actually VERY well written (more so than many of the nursing sites I came across)
      http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/160702.htm

      Basically, we have two types of wounds - opened and closed - and we have two types of tissues - granulation and epithelial: basically, the stuff that will become skin, and skin in it's various stages.

      So you'll note under the open wound link it says "Until a granulation bed forms, the bandage should be changed at least once daily. In the early stages of healing, the bandage may need to be changed as often as twice daily. After granulation tissue develops, the bandage should be changed to a dry, nonstick dressing so the granulation bed is not disrupted. Both the granulation bed and the early epithelium are easily damaged, and disruption of the granulation bed delays wound healing"

      Basically, once it's clean - keep it covered to keep dirt out, and let skin do it's own thing. Honey is hygroscopic, it draws water - that is the very way that it kills germs - so that is the last thing that you would want to apply to a wound. The reason why doctors advise applying an ointment once you have a scab or at least glaze-y skin (I hope that makes sense) is because keeping the area moist helps the granulation process. (Granulation? The process of the body turning connective tissue into the finished product of skin)

      Hope that helps a little - wound care is a HOTLY debated topic, even among experts, even about basic wounds. And all that ^ is going to apply to basic wound care. I don't like honey on skin - it's drying, period. On some types of specific wounds that very quality*might* have benefit - but how often does the average person come across a venous wound in need of desloughing? (shrug)

      There have been studies done on it - I haven't seen any that would convince me that it has any great advantages over soap and water - and wouldn't that be a sticky mess? I would manage to get it all over the desk, the counters, etc, etc, lol.

      Anyhow, these are those studies - form your own opinion - mine is that the stuff sucks for most wounds, but mine isn't the final word.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=honey%20wound%20care

      Be well - hope you don't ever need to worry about it.
      Tink

  48. QUESTION:
    Medical treatment for horse bite on human?
    I got bit by my mates horse today and need to know how to clean it up. My tetanus is up to date but the wound is swollen and bruising. He has broke some of the skin but it is not bleeding. I have applied cold water then ice to the wound but it does not seem to be getting any better. The wound is on my arm by the way in case it helps. It wasnt the horses fault he just gets a bit grumpy when we have to bathe him off. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      See a Dr.

      But do spray Bastien or equal and have it x'Rayed to see if the horse brok or crack (Hair line) the bone.

      Make sure to get some thing to tie his mouth (muzzel) since the horse is use to biting now.

      Here is the General treatment in case of some injuries and pain:

      In your case arm problem.

      1). Rest. (do not play sports and lift any thing heavy, go to a pharmacy or medical supply and ask for a an arm support, in your case get it and use it all the time but light exercises are OK ).
      2). Cold and Hot compressions, alternately(ice the swelling in your case).
      3). Pain killers such as Aspirin/Tylenol/ other.
      4). Vitamin B6 it help rejuvenate the tissues.
      5). Apply pain killer ointment and massage it lightly.

      After healing, do light stretching and slowly get in to usual routing step by step.

      Hope you have seen a Dr. and had a X' Rayed taken, or had MRI done (preferably both). Make an appointment for a Dr. and if need be cancel it later in time to avoid visit fees, if you get batter in time.

      Treat the scratches with antibacterial. Like Bactine(it does not sting) or Equal, keep it covered and clean

  49. QUESTION:
    My dog had a bump on his cheek that popped. What could it have been?
    he had it for about a month before a couple minutes ago
    - Would a Vet visit be better?

    • ANSWER:
      it couldve possibly been a boil, just like humans get, they are often called abcess. a pocket of infection under the skin, that can be caused by a nasty hair, or a simple splinter. If the wound is large ( size of a dime or so) I would take him to a vet. If smaller than that, I would clean with peroxide, and put a & d ointment on it to help it heal. If the bump begins to come back. Definetly take him to the vet.

  50. QUESTION:
    Explain in detail the various physical barriers against bacterial infection that are associated with the skin?

    • ANSWER:
      The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is of itself the barrier against which we are able to ward off disease in the form of bacteria and virus'. However, this is only when it remains fully intact. This means, without cuts, tears, opens sores, or cracks. In the unfortunate event that you got a cut when you were young the first thing mom reached for after cleaning the area was the triple antibiotic ointment and band-aids. If the cut is large sutures are required to close the skin and seal out bacteria. In the case of opens sores, such as bed sores, petroleum soaked gauze and of course tape to hold it. There are also a piece of equipment called a wound vac. This is applied to the affected area and sealed with a large clear plastic bandage resembling saran wrap and vacuum is applied. This keeps out bacteria and promotes blood circulation, thus stimulating healing. Finally, cracking due to dryness is the easiest, we simply apply hand and body lotion. When the skin is hydrated properly the skin doesn't crack open and the bacteria can't get in. I hope this is the information that our looking for. Good luck.


wound ointment humans

Wound Ointment For Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    About how long does a ruptured anal gland for a dog take to heal? Are there any specific treatments for it?
    My dog has recently ruptured her anal gland and I was wondering how long it would take to heal completely, or at least until there is not an open wound to easily let infection or debris in. When she ruptured her anal gland, we cleaned out the wound, applied antibiotic ointment, and put a cone over so she wouldn't lick the wound. Is there any special treatment we must provide for it to heal better? Or should we just periodically apply ointment? And about how long will it take to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to provide her with a VET promptly. At the least, she's likely to require systemic antibiotics. At worst, the gland may need to be completely surgically removed.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you use a benzocaine and salicylic acid ointment on a bird?
    My bird was hurt recently and he has a wound on his wing. He is a dove and I was wondering if I could use an ointment containing 1.5% benzocaine and 1.6% salycylic acid (active ingredients) on him. This ointment is for dogs There are no vets around here that take birds. He's a pet, the wound has stopped bleeding but it needs something to keep it from getting infected. Is there anything else I can use to make sure it doesn't get infected?

    • ANSWER:
      If he's a healthy bird, I would leave it alone. Make sure he has lots of vitamins and everything around him is clean and check him often. I'm so sorry this happened. I am a parrot person who happens to have a pet dove and I would be so worried if anything happened to him. He's setting on some wooden eggs right now because he has such strong instincts and I just could not watch him build a nest and bring me stuff to build the nest with him and ignore him.

      Just to show you how funny people are when they don't really listen to you. I've had about 3 people ask me if those eggs would hatch. Wooden? No hen? Really?

  3. QUESTION:
    How do you care for a nasty bite wound?
    How do you care for a nasty bite wound?
    A neighbors dog got on me about 10 days ago. I'm missing 3 chunks out my arm. I've gotten alot of puss out of the little one and some puss out of the larger ones. Nothing green though. They are all really swollen and I drain them about twice a day. Please help, no money to go to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      first off, stop picking at them. you're just opening them up to bacteria to get in or spread. second, get some triple antibiotic ointment and peroxide. soak the bites in really warm water or under a really warm wash cloth for 20 to 30 mins. use the peroxide to kill the infected tissues and apply the oinment. cover it with a non stick bandage cuz you don't want it pulling the scab off every time you change it. take 1000 mgs of vit c for 3 days in a row to jump start your immune system and then 500 mgs a day for a week. don't worry... your body will rid itself of excess vit c in your pee. soak it and redress it 3 times a day. then pray and hope that nothing is buried in the wound and that the dog doesn't have rabies. if you don't see a noticeable change in 3 days, suck it up and go see a doc. i've had patients tell me soaking it in epson salts helps draw out the infection so you could try that too. the dog's owner should be paying for your treatment if you know who it is. they can be charged criminally for allowing their dog out. believe it or not, a dog's motuh is not the dirtiest thing in the world. there are more bacteria under your own finger nails then in a dog's mouth. be glad it wasn't a cat or aligator or iguanna because they have more bacteria than any other animal on earth.

  4. QUESTION:
    What could be wrong with my dogs eye? It has been weepy and red the past couple day and started bleeding today?
    I took him to the vet who prescibed ointment but she seemed hopeless, and not too concerned
    it bled before i took him to the vet. I informed the vet about everything. She gave me ointment and made an appointment for him on friday if it hasnt improved. I just wanted to know if anyone has had a similar experience as i dont know what could be wrong with it.

    • ANSWER:
      its an infection or a small wound of some sort, it takes time for these wounds to heel, but if it gets worse see another vet.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to clean a wound after tick removal?
    I removed two ticks from my dogs head, and it's bleeding and red. The whole tick DID come out. Is there anything to put on it to clean it? Help it heal? Salt water? Rubbing alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      OWWWW! Salt or alcohol! Yipes! How bought some hydrogen peroxide or just antibiotic ointment? And the belief that the tick's head stays in the skin is false. There is a big lump from the anti-coagulant that the tick puts into the bite site and people would think it was an imbedded head. Just pull the tick off and clean with something GENTLE ;)

  6. QUESTION:
    How do you clean out a deep wound and get it to heal without infection?
    My dog got wounded yesterday when she ran away, and I cleaned it out as best I could but I need help. I cannot afford a vet right now. Thank you so much for your help and Merry Christmas!

    • ANSWER:
      You already ran LOTZA warm clean water over it,right?
      Then ...go to the drugstore & pick a bottle of Betadine. Sluice that in well...though it's probably way too late,since it's dry by now.

      Do NOT use peroxide & do NOT slather any ointments on it.
      Leave it alone to heal.
      You do NOT need oral antibiotics!!!

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment or a open wound on a dog?
    It isn't a serious or deep wound. Earlier in the week my dogs were fighting and my puppy got scratched behind his ear, well he kept on itching it and now its about the size of a dime. He just scratched the scab off today so its open. I put some hydrogen peroxide and antibacterial ointment. The I wrapped it with gauze loosely around his neck. No idea if what I did helped need some advise.

    • ANSWER:
      If it doesnt start healing or your dog keeps scratching it...you might need a vet...

      Cones work well to prevent scratching

  8. QUESTION:
    What medicine or ointment will help my dogs paws to heal?
    My dog has played catch until her feet were so raw that started to bleed.

    • ANSWER:
      Use Ledum Pal Q few drops directly on the wound. It will heal overnight. with best wishes.

  9. QUESTION:
    What can I do to stop my dog from gnawing at an old injury?
    She injured her paw a couple of years ago. Though the old injury is long healed she keeps chewing at it and aggravating the wound. We had to give her antibiotics recently. The only thing that is effective is the huge plastic collar. However, the moment we remove it, she is back to chewing. With the collar on, she has a lot of trouble moving around and keeps hurting herself.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are sure that she didn't break one of the bones in her paw that then healed badly, you probably have a psychosomatic behavior.

      Sounds like a comfort habit. You'll need to train her not to do this by using a taste-deterrent like bitter apple, or some recommend tabasco or other hot sauce if it's not an open wound ( I've never tried this, I recommend bitter apple sprays or ointments).

      You also need to be sure to tell her "No!", or even "No chewing!" when she starts working at that spot. Have you tried one of those self-stick wrapping bandages over the site that is then treated with a taste deterrent spray or ointment?
      You might go one step further and look for an herbal remedy like Happy Traveller or Rescue Remedy, these both soothe anxiety in dogs. Since she seems to associate grooming this paw with comfort (like a pacifier for her) she might need a little help relaxing so that she doesn't get so obsessive with it.

  10. QUESTION:
    How can i treat a wound on my dog?
    Took my pomeranian to the groomer and he was cut by the groomers sheers, what can i use to treat his wound?

    • ANSWER:
      Is the cut in an area the dog can lick?

      Is it an actual nick, or 'shaver burn' (lots of tiny little cuts in one area).

      If it is a fresh cut that has not scabbed over you could wash it out first with hydrogen peroxide then pat dry with a clean cloth. If it is not in an area that the dog can lick, you can apply Neosporin/similar antibiotic ointment if you feel it is necessary.

      If it has already scabbed over and looks clean, I would not apply the peroxide. It can aggrivate the skin and it can be better to keep the scab on; its already protecting the wound.

      Many scratches heal nicely on their own. Between the haircut and healing, your dog should be looking great in a few days!

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog needs stitches? She cut her paw 2 days ago, it is a small cut but looks deep.?
    I have kept the wound clean and apply antibiotic ointment 2x a day. It is wrapped up nicely, and bleeds very little. I don't want to freak and run up a 0 vet bill for something that could possibly cure itself.

    • ANSWER:
      Sound like you are doing a good job keeping it clean. If it's not bleeding a lot or limping around, I don't think you would need to go to the vet. Keep applying antibiotic cream just keep checking it everyday to make sure it's not getting infected.

      You may want to leave off the bandage and let it air out and develope a scab so it'll heel faster.

      Good luck

  12. QUESTION:
    What can I do, I just cut my dogs skin while I was cutting his hair?
    Yes, I have cut his hair before so this wasn't my first time, anyway I was cutting my dogs hair, and he moved, and I was using scissors and I cut his leg, it's not bleeding, but you can see the opening. The cut isn't bigger than my thumb nail, but I'm scared on what I should do to prevent infection.
    You can actually see red, and you can see like meat.

    • ANSWER:
      Get a doggie antimicrobial wound cream (you can get them at places like PetSmart and Petco) and apply it after cleaning the wound. It is specially designed for dogs and fights infections and such better than a human ointment will. If your dog licks at it, you may need to wrap it or get a dog wound spray with a bitter taste to discourage licking. However, that does nothing to dissuade my dog, so I got one of the new, more comfortable e-collars with neck padding and make my pup wear that for a few minutes if he licks a small cut or wound while the wound cream is drying. After a day or two, you should see significant signs of improvement and healing. If not, or his cut gets red or starts oozing, you need to head to the vet.

  13. QUESTION:
    can I use triple antibiotic ointment on my dogs wound?
    I accidentally cut her nail to short and its bleeding and I feel horrible. I am wanting to put some triple antibiotic ointment on it to help it heal. It that okay? Will it hurt her?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotic ointment won't hurt, but for a "quicked" nail, it won't really help either and really isn't necessary.

      All you really need is some flour or cornstarch. Dip her nail into that and try to keep her still for awhile. Don't be too surprised if it stops bleeding only to start bleeding again later ... it happens.

      There's a product called (I think) "Quick Stop" that you can buy at pet stores to stop the bleeding when you cut a nail too short. If you clip your dog's nails yourself regularly, you might want to buy some to keep around.

      Don't feel horrible, we've ALL done it. As long as the nail isn't torn or severely cracked, no worries ... it will heal up just fine.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is putting hydrogen peroxide on a small cut on a dog harmful?
    Our little dog had a cyst pop, as the vet warned after declaring the cyst a minor thing and nothing to worry about and most likely was caused by an ingrown hair, or cactus thorn or insect bite. (it looked like a small zit without a whitehead)

    We put hydrogen peroxide on the small opening to clean it, and then applied an antibiotic cream and sprayed on liquid bandage made for dogs, which works great by the way.

    But a friend told us that hydrogen peroxide is very bad, even for humans, as it weakens tissue.

    Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      as long as its not a deep wound peroxide is fine and the antibiotic ointment is even better, i use neosporin on my dogs when they get cuts and scrapes and t heals everything up nicely...and btw...its non toxic...my little shih tzu ate an entire tube one day after i accidentally left it on the end table after putting it on her..talk about scary for a while

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you remove a tick from a dog without tweezers?
    Is there anyway to remove a tick without using tweezers. I found a dog and I am pretty sure that he has a tick and I don't know this dog and I want to know if there is anything you can put on a tick that will make it pull it's head out. Everything I read tells me to use tweezers and grab by the head but this tick is so far in that I can't see the head and it's a lump it's bleeding and it's getting worse. I want to help this dog but I don't know what to do???

    • ANSWER:
      No, no, no. Don't usual alcohol , acetone, vaseline or anything else on the the tick in the hopes that you are going to smother it and kill it.

      Using methods such as applying petroleum jelly, a hot match, or alcohol will NOT cause the tick to 'back out,' In fact, these irritants may cause the tick to deposit more disease-carrying saliva in the wound.

      To remove an attached tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments. These special devices allow one to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body. This is important, as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter the dog’s bloodstream.

      Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body.

      Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling.

      After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. Ticks are NOT killed by flushing them down the toilet.

      Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant. If you want to, apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment.

      Wash your hands thoroughly.

      Please do not use your fingers to remove or dispose of the tick. We do not want you in contact with a potentially disease-carrying tick. Do NOT squash the tick with your fingers. The contents of the tick can transmit disease.

      Once an embedded tick is manually removed, it is not uncommon for a welt and skin reaction to occur. A little hydrocortisone spray will help alleviate the irritation, but it may take a week or more for healing to take place. In some cases

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use an antibiotic cream for people on a cat's external wound?
    I have just noticed on my cat's belly three small flesh wounds, he probably got scratched climbing a tree or he possibly got into a small fight. The wounds are about 3.5 mm round. I was thinking of putting some antibiotic cream to disinfect the wound as a precaution. I have several antibiotic creams at home: Neosporin and Neobacitracine. I will defnitly be taking the cat first thing in the morning to the vet to get it disinfected properly.

    Any comments on the cream?

    • ANSWER:
      My vet has recommended using neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment for wounds on my dogs. That should be fine until you can get him to the vet.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do you treat an animals wound?
    My dog has a small gash in his neck from scissors,(don't ask how). Its not serious enough to take him to the vet, but we want to cover it up. What do we use?

    • ANSWER:
      first clean it out with rubbing alcohol then put gauze squares with antibiotic ointment on it. then put vet rap or stretch gauze on it and change it every day

  18. QUESTION:
    can i use a triple antibiotic ointment on my dog?
    i have a pug who has been chewing at his tail causing raw skin, is it ok to use an ointment on the sore area? dosnt have fleas.

    • ANSWER:
      You definitely can. When my dog gets a small scrape or cut I will put antibiotic ointment on it and it does help them heal just like it does for us. However, keep in mind it won't stop your dog from itching and biting himself. You need to find the cause as well. Could be allergies, or just a hotspot. But if you put the ointment on it he will probably just lick it all off. You might want to consider getting one of the plastic cones to prevent the chewing while you are treating the wound. You definitely don't want him licking the ointment and getting it into his system.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there a possibility that a peson gets rabbies even if the dog had its anti rabbies shot?
    My dog had its anti rabbies shot a month ago and my friend got accidentaly bitten its not a big would just a scratch but it bled...could he still get rabbies?

    • ANSWER:
      No, your friend is safe, but the wound can become infected. Wash well, using hydrogen peroxide or iodine, if you have it.'
      Put an antibiotic ointment on it, such a neosporin.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I remove a tick embedded in my dog's skin?
    I believe that my dog has a tick under his skin. There is a lump a little smaller than an M&M underneath his skin, and there was dried blood all around it, and a small scabbed over hole on one side. I didn't notice it while the body was still out, and I can't find anything online about how to remove a completely embedded tick. Does anyone know what I should do?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're going to attempt to remove the tick youself, , DO NOT apply petroleum jelly, a hot match, or alcohol will NOT cause the tick to 'back out.' In fact, these irritants may cause the tick to deposit more disease-carrying saliva in the wound.

      To remove an attached tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments. These special devices allow one to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body. This is important as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter your pet's bloodstream.

      Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body.

      Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling.

      After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. Ticks are NOT killed by flushing them down the toilet.

      Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant. If you want to, apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment.

      Wash your hands thoroughly.

      Please do not use your fingers to remove or dispose of the tick. We do not want you in contact with a potentially disease-carrying tick. Do NOT squash the tick with your fingers. The contents of the tick can transmit disease.

      Once an embedded tick is manually removed, it is not uncommon for a welt and skin reaction to occur. A little hydrocortisone spray will help alleviate the irritation, but it may take a week or more for healing to take place. In some cases, the tick bite may permanently scar leaving a hairless area. This skin irritation is due to the irritating and destructive tick saliva. It is not due to the tick losing its head, literally. Do not be worried about the tick head staying in; it rarely happens. The swelling is due to toxic saliva, not toxic heads.

  21. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of cleaning a dogs wonds with poroxide in it's pure form?
    Small cut on dogs nose applyed poroxide pure, next day looked bad, cleand with soap & water applyed neosporin, (help!) next day saw vet ,now applying derma-vet ointment day 3 still wants to bleed and scab then bleed and scab thier is a cone inplace to prevent scaraching. Does it take a long time for a wond of this nature to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      cleaning a wound once with hydrogen peroxide is just fine, it is actually beneficial ... it is repeated application of peroxide that will lead to tissue breakdown ... but peroxide then washed rinsed and neoporin applied is just fine ... i guess how long it takes to heal would depend on the severity of the wound ... you might call your vet and mention it has been few days and it is still opening ...

  22. QUESTION:
    After twelve days of neutering my dog the scrotum has swollen and after medication it reduced to a smaller?
    size and broke. My vet advised me to apply betadine ointment and they are giving antibiotic injection. Has anyone experienced the situation if so please reply

    • ANSWER:
      it may be a wound infection , even though it is not normal it occurs in a while, usually within 2-5 days after the procedure. and if it is cured there is no need to bother. and since it is after 12 days ,don't blame your vet

  23. QUESTION:
    How to treat small cut near eye on my dog?
    I went to the park with my dog today and she slipped on some rocks.When we got home i noticed that she has a small cut right next to her eye.How do i clean the wound?Can i just use water to clean it?And should i put some ointment on it also?Please answer ASAP.
    Thank you:)
    thank you so much.

    • ANSWER:
      you can clean it just like you would for a human. just don't use soap since it's next t the eye but you can put some neosporin on it and just watch it it should heal up quick.

  24. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a burn to heal?
    I spilt boiling water over my dogs head but shes fine, its just that her head has all these little clumps of hair that have turned hard and stuck together. What are these and how long do they take to go away.

    • ANSWER:
      the hard clumps of fur could be two things. it could be a sticky protective layer of plasma and platelets from the burn or it could just be when her fur dried it dried a little clumpy.

      bad burns take months to fully heal but not so bad burns can take a week or two.

      im guessing that the burns arent so bad because the fur is still intact. Her fur most likely acted as a mini protective barrier. Check the wound (if she lets you, if not you should see a vet). In bad burns the fur will typically fall off and you will see a lot of damage to the area (very red, sometimes bleeds, pussy, shiney). If you notice your dog in pain its obviously a good idea to take her to the vet. Also a little bit of triple antibiotic ointment can go a long way in healing a burned area and prevent infections.

  25. QUESTION:
    How to get wood glue of my dogs paws?
    My dog ran through wood glue. How do I get it off?
    I soaked her paws for upwards of 30 minutes and It still didn't do much. Its wood glue.

    • ANSWER:
      Cut away tangled fur with scissors. Remove as much glue and mangled fur as you can by cutting it away.
      Soak his paw in small bucket filled with warm soapy water for several minutes. Since it may be difficult to get him to hold still, it may be easier to do this step when your dog has an empty stomach. Have him sit down on his favorite bed while soaking his paw, and slowly feed him a few pieces of kibble. Because he is hungry, he may be more willing to sit still while soaking his paw.
      Peel the glue from his skin. After soaking, the dried-on glue should be softer and easier for you to remove. Start at the outside edges, and slowly pull the Glue from his paw. You may need to re-soak the paw again, if the glue starts to dry out. An old toothbrush may be a beneficial tool for gentle scrubbing.
      Rub the glue with a cotton ball soaked with nail polish remover. If he still has glue on his skin after soaking and peeling, an acetone-based nail polish remover may help further loosen stuck-on glue.
      Apply antibacterial ointment to the affected area, once all glue and residue has been removed. Wrap the area with gauze so the skin can heal. Check his paw later in the day to see if it is red or swollen. If his paw is bleeding or seems overly irritated, take him to see a veterinarian before an infection occurs.
      Having to cut away a large area of fur may leave a gap in his coat. Take your dog to the groomer after you get the glue off his paw. She can cut his fur so the empty patch blends in better.
      Do not use nail polish remover on your dog's paw if the skin is broken or if there is bleeding. The harsh chemical may irritate an open wound. If there is an open wound, petroleum jelly and mineral oil are non-irritating substances that can help loosen glue.

  26. QUESTION:
    How long should I bandage a cut on my dogs leg?
    I have a mini pin. Yesterday she got a cut on her back leg, just above her ankle. There was a lot of bleeding when it happened but she was able to clot and the bleeding stopped. I have bandaged the wound with clean gauze and medical tape, and applied Animax Ointment to control infection.

    Today, I have changed the bandage twice to keep her from chewing it, and to also keep the wound clean. My question is, how many days should I keep the wound covered? There is no scab yet and it doesn't look like it will form with a bandage covering it.

    I know not to expose the cut to water for at least 3 days, but how many days should I keep it covered? It has so far been covered all of today, and half of yesterday.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      well, if the cut was deep, bandaging might be counterproductive. dogs actually can provide their own antibiotic to some extent by licking the wound. but it it is deep, stitching would probably be better.

      it SOUNDS more superficial though. and the good news is that dogs are much less likely to develop infected wounds than humans. still can happen, though.

      keep it bandaged for about three days, if she will tolerate it. if it is superficial, don't sweat it. dogs don't feel pain like we do, and she will be fine.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to keep my dog from scratching off his scab on his neck?
    My dog had a small wound on his neck but every time it turns to scab he scratches it off and gets bigger. It started off the size of a dime and it is now bigger than a quarter. I put bandaids on it but he takes them off, I weaped it with gauze and he took it off, idk what to do. He keeps scratching it and its so big and red now and looks wet. (He's a blue nose pit bull by the way)

    • ANSWER:
      Get him an E collar then go to the vet and ask for any ointments that could help heal the wound faster :)

  28. QUESTION:
    How to stop dog messing with open wound on leg?
    My collie has an scratch on her leg and she won't stop licking it and chewing it. We have fleas ( Which are currently being treated for ) and they are making her make it worse.

    What can I put on her wound that won't hurt but will stop her from licking it?

    The vet wrapped it and she got the bandage off as soon as we got home. We tried the dog cone and our other dog chewed it off her. We can't separate the dogs because we have no where else to put our younger one because she is a fence jumper and also a whiner when she isn't with her 'big sister'

    She's on medication for the leg but with the licking it'll never heal and I'm worried about infection. The vet is also at a loss, we can't put her on tranquilizers because once again she's with another dog and they do play rough sometimes and I don't want her getting hurt.
    I can't seperate the dogs. My Rotterman will literatly BARK and HOWL and cry if she cannot see our collie. We've had animal control complaints already made because we tried to crate both dogs and our Rotterman wouldn't stop howling.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog got a puncture wound in his leg 10 days ago. He left it alone besides licking for a short time once a day. If a dog licks excessively, that means it's not being treated as effectively as it could be imho.

      I used alcohol free witch hazel and aloe to clean the wound (3x a day at first, then once a day) I took a cotton ball and soaked it in the witch hazel/aloe and gently soaked and wiped the wound. After that I put Pal Dog boo boo gel on. The first 2 days I used an antibiotic ointment (like neosporin) also. I didn't wrap it although the vet originally shaved the fur and taped gauze over the wound.

      The Pal Dog ingredients are
      organic aloe vera, organic calendula extract, organic safflower seed oil, witch hazel, castor oil, allantoin, lavender oil, carrageenan extract, alba leaf extract, organic arnica, St. Johns wort, fennel and horse chestnut extracts; and Bach Rescue Remedy

      So if you were to just get either calendula or lavender oil, and add aloe (from the plant, powder, gel or liquid) you can keep the wound from being infected and help it feel better.

      The vet didn't even give my dog antibiotics and it was a deep puncture wound from a stick that was stuck in the snow/ice and the wound stayed healthy pink and not as irritated. He was on pain meds for the first couple days though.

      Yes the fleas can be making the dog's whole body feel worse and the dog more irritated. I guess you are treating them with something like comfortis? Essential oils (like lavender) will help repel the fleas too. Make sure to treat the dog's bedding.

      At some point in their life, your two dogs are going to have to be separated. So I would start getting them used to it.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it really good to let a dog lick your wounds?
    Is a dogs mouth as clean as they say? Can their licking a wound heal it up faster?

    • ANSWER:
      Dog's have normal oral flora (bacteria), including Pasteurella that you do not want in your wounds as it can cause infection. Clean it with alcohol and use an antibiotic ointment, not your dog's tongue.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can I stop a dog from licking a wound?
    My friend's dog has a cut on her elbow that she's been licking incessantly. How can he stop her without resorting to using one of those cone collars? I was thinking about putting something sour or spicy on it, but he doesn't want to make the wound hurt or worse. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      they sell bitter ointment to discourage licking and biting, but it doesn't always work. You can also bandage the wound, but often you have to "go with the cone!"

  31. QUESTION:
    How can I reduce the odor of an ulcerated tumor?
    My dog has an inoperable tumor. It is now ulcerated, or bleeding slowly. She is on an antibiotic to keep away infection, but the wound smells terribly bad because tissue is dying inside. Personally, I can deal with the smell, but other family members are literally made nauseous if they get to close because it is so potent. What can I do to reduce this odor? Are there certain types of badages, ointments, ect? Any help would be apprieciated. Thank you. We've had our golden retriver for 13 years and she means a lot to us.

    • ANSWER:
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  32. QUESTION:
    How do I get my 8 year old golden retriever to stop licking her left front leg?
    my golden sustained a licking granuloma which required surgery. It's nearly all healed now ( 5 months have gone by) except for the spot where the leg and paw bend. Every time I take the plastic cone off her head, she returns to that spot and licks it, causing the wound to open up. Any suggestions on how to stop her from doing this?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get bitter apple spray at the pet store. Spray it on liberally. It tastes horrid to dogs. We have also found that Desitin (yes, the baby bottom ointment!) is very good. They hate it. But it can leave a white greasy smear on things which then has to be cleaned up....

      Either or both should help.

      One other suggestion. When you take the Elizabethan collar off her, immediately play with her to distract her. Then feed her. This will help break the habit. After feeding, spray or smear the paw and play with her again. Take her for a long walk before the feeding, if you like, as soon as you have taken the collar off her. Then feed her. Then play with her. Then spray her. By that time at least one hour will have gone by without her licking her paw. If she starts to lick again despite all that, put the collar back on. Repeat this twice a day (splitting her feeding up in half) and that will mean at least two hours a day she will be without the collar and not licking it.

      It's a really hard habit to break, but the bitter apple and/or Desitin along with a schedule that keeps her busy for an hour after the collar is off should help out a lot.

      I'll be interested to know how this works. It has worked for us with a chronic ear scratching thing when there was no reason to scratch (as per the vet). Some habits are just really hard to break!

      Question: if the paw is still that easy to open up to blood, does the vet want it bandaged at any time?

      Also, the Desitin will help it heal much faster. We have found this true with humans, dogs, and horses!

  33. QUESTION:
    How to treat a chocolate lab with staph infection?
    My lab is 13 years old and a little fighter to say the very least. She lives a warm, happy life and has never had any severe medical conditions until about a year ago when she developed staph infection on her belly. The infection has spread and now covers her whole stomach and she has a few small patches of infected skin on her back. The veterinarian gave us antibiotics but when she is given these pills, she wont eat for days. It upsets her stomach and she recognizes the smell of the pill even when it's mixed in her food (smart cookie, I know). We also used a medicated shampoo all summer, bathing her almost every other day. This helped with the awful smell, but did not heal the skin. Now it is winter and baths are no longer an option since my mother refuses to bathe her in our tub. We had her groomed a week ago and even gave the groomers our shampoo but her smell and itching is worse than ever. I can't afford to have her injected with antibiotic shots....are there any other options out there? Maybe a topical ointment or a medicated cream? I just want her to be more comfortable and to stop that absolutely horrific odor!!! Any suggestions are much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it could be MRSA. If it is it is a drug-resistant infection & can be difficult to get rid of. Have the wounds been cultured? With a wound that isn't healing, your Vet should culture the wound & do a sensitivity to see what antibiotic will work.Then order the correct antibiotic. Your job will be to get the antibiotic into the dog diligently, every dose for the entire course of antibiotics. Forceably pilling the dog if needed. Don't mix it in her food for her to choose to eat or not. She may require an extended course of the specific antibiotic to eliminate the infection since it has been going on for a long-time & has probably become drug-resistant.

  34. QUESTION:
    How do I heal my dog's burnt skin?
    My dog just came back from outside and he had a burnt spot, good thing it's not black and crusty.

    • ANSWER:
      First for prelims....soak cotton pieces in very cold water and apply on the burnt spot repeatedly say 5 times every hour....

      Then apply sporidex or neosporin ointment slowly rubbing on the wound (gently).

      Then go to a vet immediately-he will probably presribe an antibiotic

  35. QUESTION:
    What's the most quick and efficient way to get rid of my scar?
    I have a scar on my hand from the end of this past summer when my neighbor's dog bit me. It's in a really noticeable spot and since I model for a local clothing store, it's hard to get a good picture if my right hand is in them. Any suggestions are helpful. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing is to prevent scars from forming.For this keep all wounds clean so that they do not get infected. Use a first-aid antibiotic cream or ointment on them on regular basis. Rub on an over-the-counter antibiotic cream or ointment designed to help reduce scars. Avoid picking scabs when you have a wound that is healing, or you'll create a worse scar once the wound finally heals. Vitamin E is very good for skin use Vitamin E capsules to massage over scar on daily basis. Coco butter is also found effective to get rid of scars. Also use some patch creams that are specially formulated to treat this problem. And last but not the least do not hesitate to consult to dermatologist because some scars can only be treated by doctors. To give you information about some top products I am forwarding you the website link that will help you. the link is

  36. QUESTION:
    How do you correctly remove a tick??? Also is it normal for there to be a red bump where one has been removed?
    My dog got a tick and i friend of mine removed it. Now where the tick was is a red raised bump. I ve never seen a tick bite so im not sure if this is normal.

    • ANSWER:
      To remove an attached tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments. These special devices allow one to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body. This is important as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter your pet's bloodstream.

      Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body.

      Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling.

      Using methods such as applying petroleum jelly, a hot match, or alcohol will NOT cause the tick to 'back out.' In fact, these irritants may cause the tick to deposit more disease-carrying saliva in the wound.

      After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. Ticks are NOT killed by flushing them down the toilet.

      Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant. If you want to, apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment.

      Wash your hands thoroughly.

      Please do not use your fingers to remove or dispose of the tick. We do not want you in contact with a potentially disease-carrying tick. Do NOT squash the tick with your fingers. The contents of the tick can transmit disease.

      Once an embedded tick is manually removed, it is not uncommon for a welt and skin reaction to occur. A little hydrocortisone spray will help alleviate the irritation, but it may take a week or more for healing to take place. In some cases, the tick bite may permanently scar leaving a hairless area. This skin irritation is due to the irritating and destructive tick saliva. It is not due to the tick losing its head, literally. Do not be worried about the tick head staying in; it rarely happens. The swelling is due to toxic saliva, not toxic heads.

      Hope this helped.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is it healthy to lick your wound with your own tongue?
    My gf and I are having a debate on this. She says it would clean the wound and help it heal. I said the mouth is the most disgusting place in the human body and it could infect it or something around that.
    Who's right? Kept looking on google but only found dogs which I understand it's fine for dogs because they're tongues are clean.

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard that dogs' saliva has antibacterial properties, but don't know if it's true. For humans it's better to wash the wound thoroughly with plain soap and water, dab some ointment like Bacitracin on it, and bandage it to keep it clean. Mouths can be very dirty.

  38. QUESTION:
    Do I need to get medical treatment for my dog bite?
    Our dog bit me yesterday. She has had all of her shots and is healthy, but she broke the skin and I know dogs' mouths (contrary to popular belief) are full of bacteria.

    The bite is on my index finger, between the knuckle and the first joint. My finger is a little swollen and the knuckle is purple/gray, like a bruise, but it doesn't feel bruised.

    Any advice? I'm just a little worried about an infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Clean the wound thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide, apply antibiotic ointment and cover. Do this two or three times a day, and let the wound breathe at night. If your bandage gets dirty during the day - change it. If you develop swelling, redness, heat or increased pain at the site of the wound - seek medical attention. Those are signs of infection.

  39. QUESTION:
    How can I make a wound heal faster?
    I got a bug bite and scratched it too much. How can I make the wound heal faster?
    Thanks in advance! (:

    • ANSWER:
      Leave it alone. Expose it to the air. Eat a balanced diet. Don't cover it, use any ointments of any kind, or wash it except a quick swipe in the shower. It will heal the fastest without your 'help'.
      And dog saliva is filled with nasty bacteria. Eww. Never let an animal lick a wound.

  40. QUESTION:
    How to wrap my dogs neck?
    My dog has a wound under her ear on her neck. I need to wrap it because she keeps rubbing it on things and scratching so it won't heal. How can I wrap it without her being able to get it right off?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't have to wrap it

      Put some antibiotic ointment on it and then place a Elizabethan Collar on her, she won't be able to get to it with it on.. you can buy the e-collar at any pet store or vets office

  41. QUESTION:
    Should I dab at my partially scabbed knee?
    I have a wound about the size of a quarter, and it is now covered in this yellowish white goo, which I guess is the beginning of a scab.

    Which would make it heal faster? Dabbing this away with a paper towel, or letting it sit?
    I got this yesterday. I don't think it's infected, I just want to know if I should dab at it to dry it or let it dry on its own.

    • ANSWER:
      You should not pick at your wound. You could make it worse or even cause an infection .
      The yellowish stuff on your wound is a sign that it is already infected.
      You need to clean the wound with a damp washcloth. Then you need to pour some hydrogen peroxide on the wound. This will help with cleaning the wound and preventing an infection.
      Then you need put some antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin or Polysporin, which helps prevent infection and helps the wound to heal.
      Do these things for a few days until you see that the wound is healing. Also, you can find hydrogen peroxide and antibiotic ointment at pharmacies, and stores such as Walmart.
      If the wound gets worse, you see any redness around the wound, it starts to drain and it becomes painful, then you need to contact your doctor as soon as possible so they can examine the wound and if necessary you stronger antibiotics.
      Never pick at a wound because it can cause an infection and the wound will not heal and the scar will be worse. Wash the wound, pour hydrogen peroxide on the wound and apply antibiotic ointment and then cover the wound with a bandage. The wound should heal within a few says.
      Best of luck with your dog. Hope I helped.

  42. QUESTION:
    What would any of you dog lovers do?
    My wife had to take the dog to the vet because he was biting the skin on his side. The vet shaved some fur off and applied ointment and then he put a big plastic collar on him so he could not lick or bite. My wife forgot to ask him what to do for his walks and have his meals,and whether his collar should be taken off for the occasion. What would you do?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have the time to watch your dog while it is eating, taking the Colliar off may be the easiest answer. If you don't have time to sit and watch your dog while it is eating, try to elevate your dog's food dish on something that is smaller than the size of your dog's cone Collar. The only problem is your dog may be more prone to knock over it's food dish and make a mess.
      Unfortunately when any animal has a wound it will itch and scratch it until it causes the wounds to become worse and gets infected. The ointment that the vet put on your dogs wounds could also make your dog sick.
      Good luck

  43. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get my dog to stop digging ?
    My dog digs a lot of big holes and last night it was real bad she digging and dug up some glass and cut her foot. NEED HELP ASAP

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs dig for many reasons including:
      Inherent behavior for hiding food and other reasons.
      Because they are bored.
      It feels physically good to them.
      To find moisture or a cooler area.

      Take away the boredom. Dogs often dig because they are bored. Your dog may be bored if he stares at fences for a long time, whines, or engages in playful or 'hyperactive' behavior, including digging holes. To stop your dog being bored:

      Entertain him with toys and play time.
      Exercise your dog vigorously with walks or runs.

      Construct a sandbox. A sandbox is an area of your yard where it is OK for the dog to dig.

      Fence the sandbox and fill it with freshly tilled earth.
      Bury treats and smelly things in the sandbox to encourage your dog's use.

      Create discouragement. Your dog will only respond to the hole he has just dug if you punish him yourself (see Tips). So you must find ways to "punish' your dog for the act of digging while you are not around.

      Place a sprinkler on a hose in the area the dog digs. While in the act of digging, turn on the sprinkler.
      Bury a small balloon in the dog's hole and cover it with a layer of dirt. The unpleasant surprise when the dog pops the balloon will take away some of the dog's digging pleasure.
      Bury chicken wire just under the surface of the dirt. The wire on the dog's feet will feel bad to him. This usually works best near the fence (see Tips, below).
      Try putting cayenne pepper in his holes. Some dogs like the flavor of hot pepper, so don't waste too much on this tip.
      Some dogs hate the smell of their own feces. Putting some of your dog's own feces in the hole will make it less pleasurable for him. However, there are many dogs who eat their poop and will gladly see this as you burying their favorite treat. It depends on the dog.

      Remove temptation

      Dogs enjoy digging in freshly tilled earth. If you are working in your garden, remove fresh dirt from your dog's reach with a fence or covering.
      Go out and dig up any bones or other things your dog has buried. Do not let the dog see you do this. Fill the hole back in.
      Keep your garden clean.

      Remove attractive smells.
      Deal with any rodent or other small mammal problem.
      If you do gardening, do not let your dog see you till or dig in the earth, as this would simply be positive reinforcement.

      You should take her to the vet because it may get infected from her constant licking. Did you wash the paw after she cut it? If not, you should check to make sure there is nothing else in between her pads which could be bothering her. Wash her paw with some antibacterial soap and if you have any triple antibiotic ointment put some on the cut. When you take her out, but a sock or something over the paw so she doesn't get any dirt in there. If you take her to the vet tomorrow, you could leave the sock on her overnight just so she won't lick at it so much (if she leaves the sock on). Normally you like to keep the wound open to the air to help with healing, but if she is making it worse, covering it overnight might not hurt. Your vet will probably give you antibiotics to help with the healing and to prevent further infection. Small cuts can become big problems if not treated correctly and in a timely manner.

      I hope this information is helpful.

      Good Luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I prevent getting a scar?
    Well yesterday my dog bit my face. I got three small scratches on my nose and then a bad one, it went from the tip of my nose and up into my right nostril. I went to the doctor and got one stitch because he said it will help it heal and might help it not scar. What are some treatments that I can do to help it not scar? I would appreciate the help!
    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Johnny Coldwater,
      In most cases, once a cut or scrape is clean and the bleeding has stopped, doctors advise soaking and slowly removing the scab, then keeping the area moist with antibacterial ointment or bacitracin. Research has shown that a moist environment will speed up healing and reduce scarring. The worst thing you can do for a small wound is put iodine or Mercurochrome on it. These substances have been shown to cause tissue damage and impede healing. "Any cut that goes through the entire thickness of the skin is going to produce a scar, but there are things you can do to make it look better," says Dr. Olivia Hutchinson, a plastic surgeon in Manhattan. Never leave a small wound exposed or allow it to breathe. A Band-Aid can ward off infection and prevent a scab from forming. It might also protect the area from sunlight, which stimulates the production of pigment and causes discoloration. Most stores now carry new "liquid" bandages, gel-like versions of traditional Band-Aids that discourage scabbing. The liquid forms a transparent film that seals in moisture. As the skin replaces itself, the gel simply sloughs off - leaving any hair behind. Keeping a wound moist and covered promotes healing and minimizes scarring.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  45. QUESTION:
    My dog was very badly bitten by another dog several weeks ago and has not been the same since. What can I do?
    I had him checked out at the vet. He received antibiotics and an ointment to put on the wound. It is now healing but he still seems traumatized and does not want to play with other dogs. He is 2 years old. Will this pass or is there something I can do to help him over this?

    • ANSWER:
      My dog goes through this.
      He has been attacked a couple of times - actually just yesterday a GSD broke out of its fence and attacked my dog. It always sets him back - he becomes wary of other dogs and is immediately on the defensive if he doesn't know them.

      It's just a lot of confidence building and training. If your dog reacts badly - as in starts barking and growling at other dogs - he needs to be corrected and to learn that he needs to look to you in order to decide whether or not another dog/person is a threat.
      If your dog is just afraid - then bring him to hang out with other well-balanced dogs. I would say not to bring him out to a group of more than maybe 2 or 3 dogs otherwise it can be overwhelming and backtrack his progress.

      The only other thing I can suggest is do not coddle him. That will just make it worse. If he starts freaking out don't try and baby him or anything like that.
      Just stand your ground with confidence so that he feels that you're not nervous either and that should help boost his confidence as well. He has to get comfortable with other dogs sniffing him and approaching him as well.

  46. QUESTION:
    What do it mean when you find your dog bleeding where the collar is?
    I been at work all day and came home and seen blood on the floor. She has access to go outside. Its dry blood on the collar and the fur. I tried to take it off but I am scared its going to hurt her. Is it possible she got into a fight? Or caught on something? I am really scared please help. I do not have any money for vet care. I am trying to take care of it at home.

    • ANSWER:
      There could be plenty of things wrong. Could be the collar is too small and has embedded in her flesh, or the dog has somehow injured itself, or has been in a fight with a dog, cat, or wild animal, or the blood is that of another animal your dog has injured or killed... It means you gently take the collar off, and clean the area with warm water and mild soap. Check closely for injuries. If the dog has a small cut or scrape, clean thoroughly with mild soap and plenty of water. An antibiotic ointment can be applied if it is not an area he can lick it off. Monitor until healed for signs of infection (redness, swelling, heat, pus, etc). If the collar is embedded and cannot be readily removed, STOP, fasten it again and get the dog immediately to a vet, as it is likely to need to be removed surgically.

      If the wound you find is large (and thus would benefit from suturing and/or cleaning while sedated), or it is a puncture wound (which have very high rates of infection), OR if a minor wound you were monitoring appears infected, find the money and get the dog help from a vet, or surrender to a shelter or rescue and hope they can provide treatment. It will be far cheaper to have the wound properly dealt with by a vet NOW if it appears prudent than if you wait and it becomes infected or otherwise there are complications during healing.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the safest way to remove a tick from my dog's snout?
    He is still a puppy and very quick. I don't want to get bitten and neither does he.

    • ANSWER:
      Using methods such as applying petroleum jelly, a hot match, or alcohol will NOT cause the tick to 'back out,' In fact, these irritants may cause the tick to deposit more disease-carrying saliva in the wound.

      To remove an attached tick, use a pair of fine-tipped tweezers or special tick removal instruments. These special devices allow one to remove the tick without squeezing the tick body. This is important, as you do not want to crush the tick and force harmful bacteria to leave the tick and enter the dog’s bloodstream

      Grab the tick by the head or mouth parts right where they enter the skin. Do not grasp the tick by the body.

      Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. Do not twist the tick as you are pulling.

      After removing the tick, place it in a jar of alcohol to kill it. Ticks are NOT killed by flushing them down the toilet.

      Clean the bite wound with a disinfectant. If you want to, apply a small amount of a triple antibiotic ointment.

      Wash your hands thoroughly.

  48. QUESTION:
    How long before lidocaine takes effect?
    My doctor prescribed me a topical solution (gel) of lidocaine to put on some dog bites on my lower left leg for ease in cleansing the wound. Does anyone know how long before the solution takes effect? I want to clean them at the peak of the lidocaine's deadening properties as they are still very painful. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you apply the solution to the wounds, you should then apply some plastic wrap over it for about 1/2 hour to prevent evaporation and keep the gel on the area. After that, you should have fairly good anesthesia. Equally important is to remember to be gentle when cleaning the wounds. Do not use peroxide or alcohol or betadine as these actually slow down the healing. Better to gently cleanse with warm water and gentle shampoo and then blot dry. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment or cream and cover with a non-adherent dressing and change it every other day to promote fastest healing.

  49. QUESTION:
    my dog scalped her forehead and the vet is closed today?
    My dog was chasing the cat under the house and hit the corner of the house and ripped a big chunk of her skin right between her eyes it is about 2" long and 1/4" or more wide. Is there anything I should do for her today? The vet isnt open until tomorrow. She is happy and isnt bothering with it.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm assuming that the bleeding has stopped, right? If so, cleanse the area, using a cotton ball or the likes, with Betadine Solution. You can also apply some Antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin, if the wound isn't deep. Make sure she doesn't keep scratching it with her foot so it continues to open and bleed. If she won't leave it alone, put an elizabethan collar on her so she can't scratch it. If it's just a scrape, and no stitches are needed, you probably don't need to go to the Vet as it will probably be scabbed over by tomorrow. If stitches ARE needed, find an ER Vet to take her to.

  50. QUESTION:
    What do I do when a stray cat scratches me?
    Tonight i almost caught a stray.. he let me hold him but as soon as I opened my trunk to get the carrier he fled. he scratched the back of my arm. As soon as I got home i washed both my arms before petting my dog. Is there any medicine I should apply to the scratch?

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment really depends on how deep the scratch is. If its really deep you will want a dr to check it out. Use hydrogen poroxide to help irrigate (clean) the wound. If its not very deep, once you have the area of the wound (the wound and area around it) clean, put some triple antibiotic ointment on it (neosporin or generic version of it). And if need be bandage it. Scratches arent as bad as cat bites. Cat bites can get infected within hours and the infection can get really really bad if not treated within a short amount of time after getting it. Scratches, keep an eye for swelling and redness around the area cause that may mean an infection. If you find that then go to a dr and have them check. Otherwise if its not too bad, neosporin and keeping the area clean will make for good healing and less chance of a very noticable scar. I hope this helps. You may want to have someone help you if you are trying to rescue a wild cat. If its just a neighborhood cat, and lets you get close to it often, have the cat carrier available, or at least a box with breathing holes. I wouldnt suggest catching a wild cat to tame it unless you are experienced in the manor...but if you know what your doing I wish you good luck and be careful.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to keep a new tattoo looking nice and not scab?
    I got a tattoo today, and I am showing it to someone very special next Thursday. How can I prevent it from scabbing so it will look good when I show him next Thursday?
    This is my 4th tattoo and I know mine always scab really bad. My tattoo guy told me to use Bacitracin not A&D and told me only to do it twice a day.

    • ANSWER:
      DO NOT use bacitracin or A&D, neosporin or any other oil based ointment or product! they are oil based and like any wound, your tattoo needs oxygen to breathe and heal correctly. if you used these, your tattoo will become overmoisturized and scab up, im guessing thats why your past tattoos have all scabbed. your tattoo is supposed to flake naturally, in light flakes. use a non scented water based lotion,(any will due, but for example, original lubriderm, curel, keri...etc) in very small amounts. after applying, your tattoo should never look shiny or glossy. if it does, you have applied too much and should gently dab it off with a clean paper towel and go about your day. wash it 2-3 times a day with liquid anti bacterial soap and clean hands, do not use bar soap or washcloth etc, because bacteria lives on these. most likey by next thursday, your tattoo will still be healing, and even starting to flake, so when you show your special friend it wont look at its best, but they'll get the jist of it lol. dont peel, rub, scratch, or pull flakes, or scabs off. it you do notice alot of heavy scabbing, you need to stop using the lotion or any moisturizer, because putting it on with scabs can cause it to get stuck underneath the scabs and make them fall off taking color with them. this is called dry healing. same goes for when your tattoo starts to flake. still wash your tattoo regularly either in the shower or at the sink. do not submerge in water, (taking baths or swimming..etc..)

      oh and NEVER use cling wrap.
      This keeps all of the body fluids pooling on the skin surface. That surface builds up body temperatures to nearly 103 degrees which is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. in most states it is nearly illegal for the artist to put plasic wrap on a new tattoo. the proper procedure and regulations state that only proper bandaging should be used. a sterile dressing should be used only when the tattoo just gets finished, taken off a couple hours later and never ever covered again.
      maybe other countries dont do it to OSHA standards and regulations, but the US does and has these regulations to control bloodborne pathogens and infections.

  2. QUESTION:
    How to heal my new tattoo?
    I just got my tattoo yesterday. I was wondering what is a good way to heal it? What should i buy as in soaps, lotions, a&d ointment? Plastic wrap? its on my hip so I cannot get clothes on it.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask 14 different people about tattoo aftercare and you'll get 15 different answers. Here's what we tell people about caring for their fresh tattoo:

      Your new tattoo is, and should be treated as, an open wound. What it needs most is to stay clean and dry, hydrated as necessary, and it needs to be allowed to breathe as much as possible. Avoid petroleum jelly or petrolatum based products as these trap contaminants and don't allow the wound to breathe. Avoid antibiotic creams as well, because these have a higher rate of reaction in people and can leave you with a splotchy tattoo. Other things to avoid are plastic wrap, bandages, lanolin, fragrances and soaking your tattoo.

      For the first few days the most important step is washing your tattoo at least 3 times a day with mild soap, antibacterial soap if your skin can tolerate it (dial or ivory work great). Use nothing but soap, water and your fingertips. You can get your tattoo wet, just don't soak it. So taking a bath or swimming are out. Pat the area dry with a clean paper towel and allow it to air dry for at least 10 minutes. If the area needs hydration you can apply a moisturizer or ointment to the area. Pure cocoa butter works for me. People have good luck with aquaphor, lubriderm, or any unscented lotion that doesn't irritate your skin. Apply in a very light coat. Just enough to keep the area moist, but not wet or shiny.

      Then leave it alone. Always wash before applying fresh ointment or lotion. Try not to let your clothing rub the area, and avoid tight clothing. In 3-5 days your tattoo should start to peel. Let it do this at its own pace. Don't pick at it or scratch.

      If at any time your new tattoo shows signs of infection (increased pain, discharge, heat at the site, increased redness or increased swelling) contact your doctor. He's the only one who can safely diagnose and treat possible infection.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a scar on my hand?
    I had a splinter in the palm of my hand and i got it out, it was a tiny piece of wood. Now the scar wont go away and it hurts, whenever you push down on it, it hurts. I sometimes use a nail clipper to cut it down so it doesn't look as big. Maybe i cut in to deep when i was trying to get the piece of wood because it started bleeding after i was done. Should i try to cut it out, or let it heal? When i let it heal it gets bigger. What should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you talking about a scar, or a scab? A scar is an area of shiny, discolored, or raised skin that remains after a wound has healed.

      A scab is a crust of dried serum and blood that protects a wound's surface.

      If you have ANY wound on your hand, especially if it's in a high-use area like fingers or palm, the best thing to do is a) wash it with soap and water; b) apply alcohol or antibacterial cream or ointment to it; c) bandage it tightly; d) wrap it with an elastic bandage to immobilize the area and e) try to bend it as little as possible. The less you bend any wound, the faster it will heal. Also the less you fiddle with it (push it, peel it, pick it, scratch, etc. etc.), the more quickly it will heal.

  4. QUESTION:
    I've popped a pimple that wasn't really ready and now I have a red scaly spot. How can I heal that?
    i now stupid but please help me how can i make it atleast a less noticeable : home remedies please cause my mom doesnt have time to go stores right now :O TY

    • ANSWER:
      Wash with soap and keep it clean. Apply Neosporin a couple times per day to prevent infection. Do this everyday until the wound heals (probably 7 days).

      The Neosporin ointment is shiny and will be noticeable, but it will heal the spot quicker and without a scar.

  5. QUESTION:
    Have a scab that is bringing out yellow/orange discharge. What do I do?
    I was doing a back tuck on my trampoline last week Friday. I ended up sliding across the trampoline and burned or cut above my elbow. It looked like a burn so I didn't tend to it. Then within time it started to scab. I left it and soon some of it fell off. Then it scabbed up again and turned yellow. Now there is a yellow kind of discharge that comes out. And some parts are shiny like a diamond. Is it infected?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, but not too badly. If it were, there'd be a lot of red around it and pus oozing out. Ugh. Clean it with mild soap and water, then some hydrogen peroxide. Let it dry and put on some triple antibiotic ointment, then cover it entirely with a bandage. Don't get it wet!

      Change daily or as needed. If after a couple days, it worsens, or you see a RED LINE going from the wound, get to the ER, STAT!

  6. QUESTION:
    Got scratched by a nail, will i get tetanus?
    So i was scratched by a nail sticking out from a fence in the bronx. The cut bled a little, and its a small scratch. Im a little paranoid, so can i get reliable information to answer my question?

    • ANSWER:
      "Im a little paranoid, so can i get reliable information to answer my question?" -- Consider this Tetanus 101. The bacteria that causes tetanus is called Clostridium tetani. C. tetani is found in the intestinal tract of many mammals, man included. While it's in the intestines, it's in spore form, which is harmless. If your dog, for example, defecates in a dirt area of your yard, spores will be passed out along with stool. In spore form, C. tetani can survived in all kinds of unfavorable environments. If the spores are reintroduced into the digestive tract, they can survive and end up back in the intestines to be harmlessly passed out with stool, once again. But if the spores are introduced into living body tissue, they change from spores into active bacteria. Do you follow so far?

      Let's return to your dog. He defecates in the dirt. The stool eventually dries out and breaks down. It ends up as part of the soil along with the spores it contained. Now C. tetani spores are in this soil. If the wind picks up, some of this may be blown away as dust that settles quite a distance away. And the now contaminated soil/dust can be carried to other places on the soles of shoes or on the pads of a dog's feet. In fact by anything that moves through the contaminated soil/dust. Still with me? Once and for all I'd like to get the idea out of people's heads that metal, especially rusty metal, is the source of tetanus. C. tetani has no particular affinity for metal or rust. People associate tetanus with rusty nails and such because these items are usually found outdoors and in the dirt. But C. tetani can be found on glass, plastic, shiny new metal, and even cardboard if it's lying around in feces-contaminated soil/dust.

      You've said that your injury was a superficial laceration (small scratch), a surface wound. C. tetani is a type of bacteria known as anaerobic. It prefers an environment with low or no oxygen. Puncture wounds, especially deep puncture wounds, are perfect environments for the spores to reactivate. Surface wounds are not. As long as you clean the wound and treat it with an antibiotic ointment twice a day for 7 days you should be just fine. Keep it covered with a band aid to keep it clean between treatments.

  7. QUESTION:
    Why does my tattoo still have scars?
    I got my tattoo in a licensed parlor by a professional with a college degree in fine arts. I got it in July and it's now December. My tattoo has black, red, and green coloring. However I have noticed that most of the green looks like they have been scarred or kind of smooth and shiny. Why is that?
    I thought superficial wounds were supposed to heal nicely. It's not that bad but it bothers me because it does not look even.

    Could it be because I have poor wound healing (i'm overweight) or something?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes its because you are an overweight person,in most cases considered fat.But what i suggest is you try using a mans ijaculation and rubbing it all over the scarred area until the natural ointment dries.Sounds gross but all the little babies in the sperm help the skin repair itself.So get someone to ijaculate all over you.Your fat but with some sperm youll be fine!

  8. QUESTION:
    My new tattoo is scabing, what should I do?
    I got my tattoo done about 5 days ago and it got really dry and is almost scabish. Like it's still kind of raised and not fully in my skin yet and it just feels really dry almost like it will crack. I'm just wondering what I should do to keep it moist and not have the color fall off. Oh and the scab is actually blue like my tattoo, there's not like that shiny layer covering it.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't do anything. It is an open wound, and is supposed to scab. Lotions and ointments are comfort items that do nothing to heal a tattoo. Yes, your scabs will have ink in them, but there is no way possible for the tattoo to fall out. You don't need to keep it moist, by doing so, most people prolong the healing process. If you scraped your knee, would the doctor tell you to put lotion on it to prevent it from scabbing? No.

  9. QUESTION:
    how do you know if a burn is infected?
    about a week ago, i burned the top part of my foot, when my curling iron fell. it blistered and popped, but now i have a lot of pain still. at first it was really itchy i applied ointment and put bandages on it. just yesterday i wore regular shoes, but now my whole foot hurts. right now it is a open wound that appears as though it it trying to heal itself. the part that worries me is the pain. what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      you burn on foot top it is and blisters is seen there , it is second degree burn . it extend through epidermis into dermis . is is salmon pink and most , shiny , and painful . it will take to heal from 7-21 days . and after healing also scar and pigmentation will seen . you wore shoes that make rupture of blister . better you use silver sulfide cream . Cover the burn with a clean (sterile, if possible), dry, non fluffy bandage such as a gauze pad. Do not put tape on the burn.Do not remove clothing if it is stuck to the burn.See your doctor immediately if you have fever or pus like drainage from the burned area
      or excessive swelling of the burned area or increased redness of the skin. thank you !

  10. QUESTION:
    i got a new tattoo yesterday afternoon. and in the past 24hrs its become red all around the area.?
    the redness extents about an inch or two in all directions around the tattoo. i have gotten tattoos before and know that it is normal for them to become red. but i have never had one that was red spreading out so far. could it be infected, or normal? and if it might be infected what could i do tonight to help it until i can be seen by my docter? i am starting to worry.

    • ANSWER:
      New tattoos require attentive aftercare to promote healthy healing. A tattoo is an open wound and requires the same attention throughout the healing process. Tattoos must be kept clean and exposed to least amount of germs as possible.
      None of this article should be taken as medical advice, for all medical advice consult your physician.

      How to Care for a New Tattoo -
      Your new tattoo will be bandaged when you leave the tattoo parlor. It is recommended to leave this bandage on your new tattoo for a few hours, to protect it from any outside contact. A brand new tattoo is similar to having minor surgery so don't be surprised if your tattoo bleeds a little for the first 24 hours. This is normal and your bandage will help absorb any bleeding from your tattoo initially following your procedure. One thing to note is to be extremely careful when removing your bandage and to not let a large amount of blood dry on your bandage.
      When it is time to remove the bandage from your tattoo, do so carefully. It is possible that blood has dried to the bandage and if you just rip it off, you could possibly screw up the appearance of your new tattoo.
      Your tattoo is tattoo is going to be sore, red, and possibly a bit swollen. You may also experience a slight stinging sensation that is similar to the feeling of sunburn. Tattoo artists will tell you that getting a tattoo feels like a strong sunburn, the truth is that a healing tattoo will often feel like a sunburn. If you're a wimp, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers can help alleviate these temporary symptoms of tattoo healing.
      Your primary focus when taking care of a new tattoo is to keep the tattoo clean. After the initial bandage is removed, gently wash your tattoo with water and a tattoo aftercare cleanser such as Tattoo Goo (or anti-bacterial soap). Do not use a washcloth or anything other than your hand. Wash gently, don't 'rub' but pat the tattoo. Try to remove all blood. Do not scrub. Rinse your new tattoo completely with clear water then blot slightly with a clean towel. Allow your tattoo to air dry for 15 minutes or so.
      After your tattoo has dried, gently apply a tattoo aftercare lotion such as Tattoo Goo or Aquaphor Healing Ointment. A minimal amount will be sufficient - if your tattoo appears overly-shiny, you applied too much. Too much lotion traps germs in to your new tattoo which can potentially lead to infection. Just a dab will do.

      Repeat the tattoo aftercare instructions for cleaning your tattoo 3 times a day.

      Be sure to wear clean, loose-fitting clothing around your tattooed area and to sleep on clean sheets.

      Tattoo Care - Peeling, Is it Normal?
      The tattoo healing process is similar to recovering from a bad sunburn. It is quite common for a new tattoo to peel after a couple of days. Allow the tattoo to peel away naturally - do NOT peel the dry skin away yourself. This can pull the ink out of your tattoo leaving it discolored or uneven in appearance. You will also notice that your new tattoo feels tight, dry, and itchy. Keep applying your tattoo aftercare lotion to hydrate the tattoo and alleviate these symptoms. It is normal to see small flakes of colored skin flake away from your tattoo as your tattoo is healing.

      What Does a Healthy, Healing Tattoo Look like?
      New tattoos will appear red and swollen immediately following your tattoo procedure. This appearance will continue for a few days throughout the tattoo healing process. Within a week to ten days, the skin surrounding the tattoo area should be more back to normal. Most tattoos are completely healed in three weeks time.

      Tattoo healing stage - Week 1
      New tattoo will be sore and red.
      Slight bleeding is common during the initial 24 hours following your procedure.
      Minor symptoms such as swelling and stinging can be eased with the use of over-the-counter pain relievers.
      Proper tattoo aftercare must be started immediately following procedure to ensure healthy healing.

      Tattoo healing stage - Week 2
      Tattoo may begin to flake or peel.
      Tattoo may become itchy
      Important to NOT scratch or pick at tattoo

      Tattoo healing stage - Week 3
      Scabbing and/or peeling has subsided
      Tattoo area may still feel sensitiveTattoo Care -

  11. QUESTION:
    WHAT cream/intment should I use on my new tattoo?
    I have just bought Savlon Antiseptic Wound Wash...

    • ANSWER:
      A&D, Anti-Bacterial soaps, Scented lotions, Vaseline, Neosporine, Bacetracine, Salvon and hemroid cream ALL pull out ink!!

      Wash the tattoo with cool water only and apply AQUAPHOR every 4-7 hours. Use the ointment as sparingly as you would hand cream, LESS is more. What you can not wipe into the tattoo wipe off! If you have too much on your tattoo will not be able to breathe. Use either baby wipes or a damp paper towl and lightly blot or wipe off any and all blood beads and dead skin. If you begin to see red dots around your tattoo it means that you are using too much ointment. In between washings you will notice that the tattoo will be dry. Apply more ointment.

      *Note: Cool water is less likely to stimulate bleeding and cloging pores.
      *ICE YOUR TATTOO*
      Icing your tattoo will stop any bleeding and reduce redness and swelling.

      Your tattoo is like a wound but the products mentioned above have been proven to bleed ink from your tattoo. If you want less fading while the tattoo heals use AQUAPHOR. Once your tattoo has healed, at least a full month, you can than use Shea and Cocoa Butter lotion to keep the tattoo shiny looking, and moist.

      ---------------EDIT--------------
      Aquaphor Healing Ointment protects dry, cracked or irritated skin to help enhance the natural healing process and restore smooth, healthy skin.
      http://www.eucerinus.com/products/hb_aho.html

  12. QUESTION:
    whats the best cream for a new tattoo?
    like everyone says somit dif to put on them..
    what have you found is the best?
    : )

    • ANSWER:
      A tattoo that eventually will be an adornment is a skin wound during the time it is healing. A tattoo should initially heal within 5 to 10 days, but complete healing will take up to 45 days, which is the amount of time it takes for skin to regenerate itself after being damaged.

      It is important to take proper care of a new tattoo during the healing period, not only for the sake of the skin, but for the appearance of the tattoo as well. The bandage that a tattoo artist covers a freshly made tattoo with needs to be removed within one to two hours. Then, for the first 3 to 4 hours, the tattoo has to be washed every 15 to 20 minutes with soap, warm water, and a soft cloth. Blood or plasma may seep to the surface, and these should be blotted off (dabbing with a towel, rather than wiping across the skin). After the first day, the tattoo area needs to be cleansed at least twice a day (once in the morning, once at night), using a hand instead of a cloth to wash the area (the cloth is too abrasive for the new skin that is forming).

      Beginning with the first time the tattoo region is cleaned, antibiotic ointment is to be applied to the area when it's dry. This should be done after every wash for the first two weeks of the healing period. Several kinds of ointment are available, but the best choice is one with bacitracin. Some of these ointments contain bacitracin as bacitracin zinc, but the zinc may cause allergies in certain people; if one has used an ointment with bacitracin zinc before, and hasn't experienced any problems, then it'll probably be fine. Check the packaging for the active ingredients and other information. After applying the ointment, wait five minutes and then gently blot off any blood that has risen to the surface or leftover ointment. If blood is left on the skin, it will form a scab. Do not re-bandage the tattoo area.

      At three to seven days into the healing period, the skin around the tattoo will start to peel like a sunburn. Do not pick at the skin, or scratch, as difficult as that might be. This will damage the tattoo. By the seventh to tenth day, the skin should have peeled away and left shiny, wrinkly new skin. Applying antibiotic ointment, or a dry skin moisturizing lotion if you choose, to this area is still necessary. Most tattoo artists recommend that people stay away from petroleum jelly, as it supposedly damages the color of a tattoo.

      During the two-week healing period, avoid hot tubs, swimming pools, and lake or ocean water. They harbor bacteria that could cause an infection. And, avoid exposure of the area to any water for longer than 5 to 10 minutes — that includes the shower or bath.

      By the end of two weeks, the tattoo should look like it's healed, though it will take the full 45 days for the skin to completely regenerate itself.

      If you are reading this for preparation before you get your tattoo, you might want to take a look at Tattoo safety guidelines for tips on choosing a good tattoo artist, who will certainly be able to help guide you through the healing process afterwards as well. Your tattoo artist might give you instructions that vary slightly from the ones given above, as every artist has his or her own recommendations. It's important to take the time to find a good artist, so that you feel comfortable following his or her advice... and calling him or her back if you experience any problems.

  13. QUESTION:
    what do i do with my tattoo?
    i've had my tattoo for over a week now, it's on my left foot. i put A&D ointment on it for a whole week (like they told me) and i've started putting non scented lotion on it, but i noticed that certain parts where scabs were are just.. "open" now.. and when i put lotion on, i can see that is looks like shiny like water or something is on it.. it itches & it's still very bumpy..

    any answers?

    • ANSWER:
      This is the information that i was able to find on foot tattoos, i hope it helps:

      Proper tattoo care requires that you do not wear anything that will rub against your new tattoo. After receiving a foot tattoo make sure you do not wear socks, shoes, or nylons that will rub against it until it is fully healed. You need to plan ahead if your going to receive a foot tattoo on the sole because you should not walk on it until its healed. A foot tattoo may require a touch up, due to the rubbing abuse from walking and wearing shoes prematurely.

      You should only apply ointment until your tattoo starts to peel (like a sunburn), which will be anywhere from 3 days to 1 week. When the peeling begins do not pick at it. When the tattoo has fully entered the peeling phase you should stop applying the ointment. The area will become dry and itchy, and a good lotion should help with this. Avoid creams and lotions that contain fragrances, artificial colors and other unnecessary ingredients that can irritate a healing tattoo. If you have applied proper tattoo care you should not develop scabs. If scabs develop, they can remove the color beneath them. It is very important that they are allowed to dry out completely. The scab will eventually fall off on its own. Never pick or pull the scab.

      Your new tattoo is an open wound so refrain from actions such as swimming, tanning, removing the bandage early. Be sure to follow these proper tattoo care guidelines to ensure your foot tattoo heals properly. Your foot tattoo will be with you for a lifetime, and it only takes a week or two of your attention to keep it looking good forever.

      Redness and sometimes bruising surrounding a new foot tattoo is normal for the first day or two, but if you notice any bumps or increasing redness please contact your local tattoo studio for more information

  14. QUESTION:
    Tattoo aftercare help please ?
    I just got one yesterday and the artist told me to put ointment on it for 2 weeks

    Isn't that quite long?? Is there anyway I can make my tattoo fade as like it isn't as dark

    • ANSWER:
      Nope! 2 weeks is standard for tattoo aftercare. Here's what most artists agree is the most effective and safe aftercare technique for a new tattoo:

      1. For about 2 weeks, apply A&D ointment to the tattoo. Only apply a small amount, and rub it in gently until the surface of your skin is no longer shiny.

      2. After 2 weeks, apply an unscented moisturizer to keep the tattoo hydrated during the flaking period. You should apply moisturizer a few times daily until the flaking has stopped and the tattoo is fully healed.

      Here's a few caution tips:

      - Don't submerge your tattoo for at least 2 weeks (baths, pools etc.)
      - Keep your tattoo out of extended periods of direct sunlight for at least 2 weeks
      - Don't scratch or pick at it during the healing process. This can cause infection and ugly scarring.
      - Use common sense. Only touch it using clean hands, and make sure not to wrap it in anything at any time. You need to let air get at the tattoo. The main idea is to let it breath
      - Your tattoo is an open wound, so treat it that way. Keep it sterile, and be careful with it.

      Hope this helps!

  15. QUESTION:
    Advice on Tattoo aftercare?
    I just got my 1st tattoo today and I need some advice on how to take care of it. I had the artist apply the ointment and wrap it up, he told me to leave the wrap on for 2 hours.
    After the 2 hours were done I took the bandage off.
    What do I do now, do I just leave it like this and go to sleep, or do I need to wrap it up again?
    For the rest of the week is it OK to just keep applying ointment without wrapping it up again?

    • ANSWER:
      I have 7 tatts I will give you my routine.
      3-4 times a day I wash my tatt with warm running water and plain soap using my hand.
      I then pat dry and apply a tiny amount of Lucas' pawpaw ointment, just enough to moisten the tatt not to smother it. Skin/tatts need to breathe to heal well and quickly.
      I will apply the ointment when the tatt gets tight and really dry and crinklely as needed until it has finished peeling.
      For the first couple of nights I do cover and wrap the tatt (in paper towel and plastic wrap) to protect my bedding but only for 2 nights. In the morning I remove the plastic wrap and let the paper towel wash off in the shower. I shower as normal just dry and treat the tatt afterwards.
      Keep the tatt out of the sun out pool or sea water till it has peeled.
      Do not pick at or scratch the tatt when/if it gets itchy. Thats one reason I use pawpaw ointment I get no itching at all.
      A tatt is a wound so needs to be looked after.
      Be aware that the tatt will weep for a day or so and can look like it is loosing ink don't worry about that its normal.
      The crinkling is a normal part of healing.
      It will also not be as bright and shiny after it has peeled, you have lost a tiny layer of skin.
      Maintain your tatt after peeling with a regular lotion at least once a week and use sunscreen!

  16. QUESTION:
    i fell in a fire and got burnt helpp!?
    so last night i fell in the fire and i burnt my leg and today there are red marks and i think they were sorta like blisters and they hurt if i touch them. will i be okay? whats gonna happen? please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there
      Well it sounds like you may have a second degree burn. The following are the most common signs and symptoms of a second-degree burn. However, each Person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

      blisters
      deep redness
      burned area may appear wet and shiny
      skin that is painful to the touch
      burn may be white or discolored in an irregular pattern

      The symptoms of a second-degree burn may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Consult your physician for a diagnosis.

      Treatment for second-degree burns:
      Superficial second-degree burns usually heal in about three weeks, as long as the wound is kept clean and protected. Deep second-degree burns may take longer than three weeks to heal. Specific treatment for a second-degree burn will be determined by your physician, based on the following:
      extent of the burn
      location of the burn
      cause of the burn

      A second-degree burn that does not cover more than 10 percent of the skin's surface can usually be treated in an outpatient setting. Treatment depends on the severity of the burn and may include the following:

      antibiotic ointments
      dressing changes one or two times a day depending on the severity of the burn
      daily cleaning of the wound to remove dead skin or ointment
      possibly systemic antibiotics
      Wound cleaning and dressing changes may be painful. In these cases, an analgesic (pain reliever) may need to be given. In addition, any blisters that have formed should not be burst.
      Hope this helps

  17. QUESTION:
    Acne on scar on nose wont go away. Help?
    It was a scab but it fell off a long time ago. 3-4 weeks later, a pink shiny bump is there. The bump is a little white raised skin in the center, while the pink discoloration is like a circular ring around it. Its in the center of my nose which is very embarrassing. My boyfriend is coming to visit in 3 days and i feel very self conscious cause its noticable and ugly. Help me please? I feel hopeless. I Have tried everything, lemon juice, cocoa butter, vitamin E, antibiotic ointment.... but nothing. The wound is not open, its just a soft pink bump. Makeup cant hide it cause its too noticable.

    Save me please? What would you do in this situation?

    • ANSWER:
      OMG SAME!!!!! its not a situation to be proud of BUT HEY!!! finally someone who suffered like me!
      YEA!!
      now i wiil tell u my secret so u wont have to suffer long.
      MEDERMA!
      visit any old pharmacy store, ask for MEDERMA!
      TOTALLY WORKS
      100%
      ur welcome

  18. QUESTION:
    I put a & d ointment on my foot tattoo and now it really hurts??? What do I do... I got it a wk. ago?
    It healed up like a skin graph was done all wrinkly and shiny and now it hurts!!! It also looks sorta like a punctured wound on the surface the color has faded. What is wrong? I called the tattoo place. They said they never told me to use a and d which they did. That it will cause it to heal uo like a scab. Now it lays flat like it's already done healing

    • ANSWER:
      Switch to lubriderm. My feet tattoos hurt for a good while. Your feet will take a good month to heal all the way, and even then i lost some color.

  19. QUESTION:
    I have a second degree burn...?
    I have a second degree burn on my knuckle from a hot glue gun, I decided to pull the glue off of my skin, also pulling off what was probably a blister and now its a dark pink and shiny. I ran cold water on it for like, 5 minutes, put some neosporin on it, and covered it loosely with some gauze.
    This morning I took the gauze off and poured some peroxide on it to kill the germs.
    I wanna know how long it will take to heal.?
    I don't care about scarring, it can scar as much as it wants.
    I mean, its on my knuckle..
    Do I REALLY need a sexy knuckle.?

    • ANSWER:
      Pass on the peroxide as it is actually caustic to wound healing. Go with a simple application of antibiotic ointment and cover with a non-adherent dressing and change ot every to every other day. Two weeks to heal. Scarring is minimal with a second degree burn.

  20. QUESTION:
    Your top 5 beauty tips?
    List your top 5 beauty tips, best 5 get the 'best answer'! ;)

    • ANSWER:
      Beauty tips for lips:-
      •Use a lip care product like Blistex Lip Ointment before lipstick as it will give smoother and natural color.

      •Eat fresh vegetables and fruits as they are rich with natural vitamins. Vitamins are essential for body building blocks.

      •Use moisturizer and hydrate your lips with lip gloss or lip shiner to cue the dryness.

      Beauty tips for hairs:-

      •If you want to look younger cut your hairs in layers and dye after 28 days with natural color.

      •For shiny hairs add few drops of shine serum in water and wash your hairs with that water.

      •If you want to make your hairs healthy then wash them with shampoo after two to three days but never daily. Try to apply oil daily as the food of hairs.

      Beauty tips for hands:-

      •To maintain the glow of hands wash your hands with warm milk containing lemon juice. Avoid applying if you have cut or wound, it may cause allergy.

      •Rub olive oil on your hands for four to five minutes and wash with warm water then leave for whole night and wore cotton gloves.

      Massage your hands with natural cream containing two spoons cacao cream, two spoons almond oil and juice of cucumber. Now wash your hands after ten minutes

      Beauty tips For Cheeks:-

      •Drink at least eight glasses of water in your daily routine to improve skin tone and prevent dehydration.

      •Apply benzoyle per oxide or cortisone containing products on pimple to hide it but apply on last moment before concealed.

      •Invest bristles (that are soft and natural synthetic) in your brush for loose powder and blush.

      Beauty tips For Eyes:-

      •Shimmers are best to provide shine to eyes. It’s not only make them more prominent but also highlight the lines and wrinkles, if apply in excess.

      •Eye shadow base color is applied to stop and absorb the heat of eyes if you dance. Without this color your eye shade starts to move out from your body.

      •To remove the dark circles massage your eyes with the beauty cream and natural oil at least twice a day.

  21. QUESTION:
    i have two big burns on my legs and need to know what degree that i have?
    last night i was cooking biscuits and the metal baking sheet fell from the counter onto my knees and burned them instantly and now the skin is starting to crack and blister and both burns are raised on the skin they are dark red and very sensitive and feel feverish i have been putting solarcaine with aloe ( the same thing you use for sunburns) it helps for a while but wears off i am also taking tylenol but it doesnt seem to help can anyone let me know what degree i have and what i should watch for also the burns look very shiny thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have second degree burns. When the first layer of skin has been burned through and the second layer of skin (dermis) also is burned, the injury is called a second-degree burn. Blisters develop and the skin takes on an intensely reddened, splotchy appearance. Second-degree burns produce severe pain and swelling.

      If the second-degree burn is no larger than 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) in diameter, treat it as a minor burn. If the burned area is larger or if the burn is on the hands, feet, face, groin or buttocks, or over a major joint, treat it as a major burn and get medical help immediately.

      For minor burns, including first-degree burns and second-degree burns limited to an area no larger than 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) in diameter, take the following action:

      Cool the burn. Hold the burned area under cool (not cold) running water for 10 or 15 minutes or until the pain subsides. If this is impractical, immerse the burn in cool water or cool it with cold compresses. Cooling the burn reduces swelling by conducting heat away from the skin. Don't put ice on the burn.

      Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage. Don't use fluffy cotton, or other material that may get lint in the wound. Wrap the gauze loosely to avoid putting pressure on burned skin. Bandaging keeps air off the burn, reduces pain and protects blistered skin.

      Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Use caution when giving aspirin to children or teenagers. Though aspirin is approved for use in children older than age 2, children and teenagers recovering from chickenpox or flu-like symptoms should never take aspirin. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

      Minor burns usually heal without further treatment. They may heal with pigment changes, meaning the healed area may be a different color from the surrounding skin. Watch for signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, fever, swelling or oozing. If infection develops, seek medical help.

      Avoid re-injuring or tanning if the burns are less than a year old — doing so may cause more extensive pigmentation changes. Use sunscreen on the area for at least a year.

      Don't use ice. Putting ice directly on a burn can cause a burn victim's body to become too cold and cause further damage to the wound.

      Don't apply butter or ointments to the burn. This could cause infection.

      Don't break blisters. Broken blisters are more vulnerable to infection.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-burns/FA00022

  22. QUESTION:
    My four week old tattoo still hasn't peeled....?
    My four week old wristband tattoo has a couple of issues. First, the tattoo has not peeled at all...it has a shiny layer of skin that loods opaque and slightly wrinkly. I know this layer is supposed to peel off to show the brillint ink beneath but it hasn't even begun. What is up with that? Second, there is an area about the size of a quarter that got a very thick layer of skin...so thick and white that you couldn't see the ink underneath. That part of skin did slough off but now it weeps and scabs, breaks open begins again. I have tried to keep it moisturized but can't put lotion on it because it is still in the "open wound" stage. I have been using A&D but that isn't working. Today I switched to a steroid ointment my doc had given me for an abcess a couple of months back...I am hoping this will keep that spot from the drying, cracking then weeping and scabbing cycle...any advise?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm having the same problem!!! I got my tattoo only about a week or two ago, but I have other tattoos and none of them have been like this. My ink has disappeared in some spots, it's so dry it's cracking on the outline, and the ladybug (which is red and black) looks all distorted cause the ink is still wet, but scabbed. It looks so ugly! I can't figure out what is going on with it. I should probably give my doctor a call on Monday about it, but I'm so confused about why it's doing this. The artist tattooed me very very deep, so deep that the black outline on some parts looks like it's miles beneath my skin. I'm quite angry I paid for a tattoo that has given me so many unexplainable problems when I know I've done all that I was supposed to in taking care of it.

  23. QUESTION:
    my new tattoo smell little weird?
    i got this tattoo about 4days ago i take care of it keep clean and moist but i dont know whats wrong with it this anit my first tattoo this never happen to me before it be smelling wierd like a little smelly . is it infected or some should i go check it out

    • ANSWER:
      Hi 'Romanii' are you really Romany? I would love to know if you are, cuz I am Roma, not many of us about : )

      Anyway, if your tattoo was infected you would have swelling, increased pain, throbbing pain, a nasty smell, like cheese or just very pungent and unpleasent, puss discharge and likely fever.

      What you smell is most likely the lymph and serous fluid, which is normal in a healing wound.

      Wash you tattoo twice daily to remove the build up of lotion and plasma, which can harbour bacteria, and apply only a thin layer of ointment, enough to make the tattoo shiny, not enough to hide it from view, if you get me, but it sounds fine to me.

  24. QUESTION:
    Tattoo scab fell off, raw skin underneath?
    I got a tattoo on my foot one week ago. Most of it looks normal and is healing fine, but right in the center is a patch that was really sore and bruised right after I had it done. A huge scab formed and the skin around it was red, so I went to see my doctor and also the tattoo artist. The tattoo artist said I must just have sensitive skin and that it was irritated and it'd heal up on its own, the doctor basically said the same and gave me antibiotics and ointment for it.

    Today though, as I was washing it, the large scab came off. I didn't pick it off, but I may have pushed it a bit too hard when I was wiping it clean. Now what's exposed looks like an open wound- raw red shiny skin, a completely new layer. It's very painful, just like if you scrape your knee and you pick the scab off yourself. I understand that this may make the tattoo look bad when it's healed, but right now, my priority is making sure it's healthy and not infected. If I just keep using the ointment and keeping it clean, will the raw skin be ok? Or is this a really bad sign?

    Thanks a lot!

    • ANSWER:
      I use Rocco's Old School Tattoo Balm on all of my old and new tattoo's.
      It works great. Heals my new tattoo's nicely, keeps them moisturized and protect.
      And still lets air pass through unlike Vaseline. Also makes my old tattoo's look new
      Here's their website - http://www.roccosoldschool.com

  25. QUESTION:
    Please help.. why isnt this healing....?
    I got a few scratches accidentally on my arm about 2 weeks ago that have faded but left thin shiny lines. They didnt bleed when cut, and are very shallow, and the skin is smooth.. I dont know if these are scars, or if they're still healing... : i want to keep putting creams and ointments on to prevent scarring just in case, but most people are telling me, "just leave it alone and let it heal naturally." I feel if i dont put anything on it it will scar? Could this happen or am i just overreacting? Its been about 2 weeks already, like i said, and i just feel like thats a long time for a tiny scratch... If i stop putting creams and ointments on it, will it heal faster, and how long could it take?
    Thanks so much to anyone who helps me (:

    • ANSWER:
      The healing time varies according to each individual. However, for the types of scratches you are talking about, I would say 2-4 weeks. However, applying any sorts of creams or ointments can make the healing process longer. I would strongly suggest you stop using them.

      When you get scratches, what happens is that a scab forms. This prevents any bacteria or virus to get inside your body (nonetheless, you should always clean up any wound). Then underneath the scab (and on the sides of it), tissues (skin) starts to form. The skin will be shiny (because new) and also tights (hence it may itch a little). Eventually, when the skin covers the entire wound, the scab will fall. At first you will see a scar. It may disappear in weeks or may be visible for years. This varies according to the individual.

      By applying any sort of ointment during the healing process, slows it down. However, I understand that you do not wish to have any scar. In this case, you can apply creams and other ointments after the scab has fallen off.

      So, stop applying any ointments, let it dry and heal properly.

  26. QUESTION:
    I grazed and skinned my knee two days ago; yellowy/brown liquid on plaster?
    I know that most discharge from a wound isn't good, but every time I graze my knee (I tend to take the a large patch skin off too, so there's like a a shiny layer) I've always had a sort of yellow or light brown thin liquid come off it for the first few days. It shows up on the plaster as well, so I was wondering if it meant infection or if it was normal. I also blot the wound with tissue, and some discharge comes off then, and before I can feel the wound is actually moist, and I'm wondering why.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It likely isn't infection - the yellowish liquid that is on the surface is tissue fluid, serous drainage. Just keep it clean, keep it moist (can use triple abx ointment on top, change twice a day) and it should heal in a week or so. Hope it helps, good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Funny rash around mouth?
    Ive had an odd looking red dry rash around my mouth since christmas time, ive went to the doctors numerous amount of times and they keep telling me it is acne and has given me several treatments for acne which are not working. the rash appears worse at times than others sometimes I even think it has gone away. It has flared up again this week and I would really like to know could it be a skin condition like dermatitis? because doctors are useless! appreciate any answers or help! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, I have experienced the same exact thing and I am actually healing from it now. One reason you might have the rash is if you constantly licked/licking your lips. In the winter many people have the problem licking their lips because of the cold winds. You could be licking around your moth and the spit strips the skin of its natural oils. If you have eczema that could also be the cause. Scratching one infected area and putting your hands around your moth/lips could have spread the eczema. Lastly you may have a food allergy and not even realize it. Try paying more attention to the things you eat.

      The following are products are things that I myself have used and helped:
      Cortizone Cream 10- This helps stop any itching. Apply 3-4 times daily. You can find at any pharmacy/Grocery

      vitamin e oil- helps restore moisture into the area around the mouth

      vitamin a&d ointment- (restores the normal color, i really recommend this) heals the area and adds moisture

      lip balm- to keep your lips moisturized so you won't lick them

      PROCESS
      1. 3-4 times daily apply the cortizone cream, and let it absorb
      2. After the cream has absorbed, apply the vitamin e oil to restore moisture (apply to lips to)
      3. Apply lip balm when needed
      4. Throughout the day apply the vitamin a&d ointment to keep the area from getting dry

      I recommend you use the cortizone cream in the morning when you wake up, in the afternoon, and at night before you go to sleep because you don't want to go out looking like a grease monkey.

      The vitamin a&d ointment can be a little shiny, so remember, a little goes a long way. and ALWAYS keep something on your lips, like chap-stick, carmex, niva, vaseline, etc.

      I hope this helps you!!

  28. QUESTION:
    chest piece (pain/healing)?
    this is my first tattoo its going from one side of my chest to the other drapping down toward the middle and rising on both ends.

    ive never had a tattoo before and im trying to get an understanding of what its going to feel like.

    also how long is healing time?

    what to put on it?

    special showering methods etc.

    any input is greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      The pain of a chest piece is definetly worse then other areas but better then some. It's hard to explain the feeling kind of like a razor blade but not the same. To me a tattoo is hard to explain it's a feeling that can't really be reproduced any other way. Over the sternum will be a killer but trust me you can handle it. My chest piece started peeling about a week after it was done. The peeling is pretty much a scab coming off. Excess ink will come off with it so the flakes look colored. Fully healed in 4-6 weeks. I don't remember specifically but you'll know. When it starts looking like your skin(you'll see the pattern your skin makes) it's healed. It will no longer have a leathery shiny look to it when it's completely healed. As for showering you can let water run over it but don't let the water directly hit it. Do not submerge it in water either. After it is done they will cover it with some type of bandage to soak up excess ink and blood. It also helps to keep bacteria away but you don't want to keep it covered to long the wound needs to breath to heal. I usually keep the bandage on for 2-4 hours. Then using cold water I GENTLY rub it with clean finger tips untill it no longer feels slimy. The slimy stuff is plasma from your blood seeping out. Then PAT it dry with a paper towel let it air dry for a good 10 minutes and apply a thin layer of a&d ointment or tattoo goo(my preferences... theres other stuff that works just as well though). You'll want to apply it 4-5 times a day. My chest piece comes down into my cleavage and my bra holds my t*ts together all day and then they fell apart when I slept pulling on my tattoo so I had to make sure to apply ointment in that area as much as 7 times a day so it wouldn't crack. Since you don't have t*ts I don't think you'll have to worry about that. It was quite funny having my tattoo artist explain to me the seperating of the boobs causing problems since he is a guy. The way he moved his hands like he had t*ts himself really made me giggle.

      Talk to your artist or friend to keep your mind off the pain. The first time I had my wrists tattooed I didn't feel it because my artist had me distracted the whole time. The second time I made him shut up and realized it did hurt.

  29. QUESTION:
    i stepped on a nail...?
    okay so i just stepped on a nail with my bare foot--freaking hurt--but it wasn't an old or rusty nail. it was from a bookshelf i had just taken out of the box and was assembling. i know that if you step on like a rusty nail it's a pretty big deal, but this nail was pretty clean. should i be worried or what?

    • ANSWER:
      I see that at least one person who answered thinks that rust has something to do with tetanus. It doesn't. The bacteria that causes tetanus is Clostridium tetani and c. tetani is found in feces-contaminated dirt and dust. This is because the bacteria is found in spore-form (which is harmless) in the intestines of many mammals, including man. When stool is passed, so are the spores. The spores will adhere to objects that are left lying around in feces-contaminated dirt and dust. These objects can be metal (shiny OR rusty), glass, plastic or even cardboard.

      If you were indoors, tetanus is probably not an issue but other bacteria can be found on objects besides C. tetani. Watch the wound for signs and symptoms of infection. The first cleaning should be with peroxide. Thereafter, it should be with a wound cleanser or plain soap and water. You can an antibiotic ointment and cover the wound. If this was a deep puncture wound, you should have your doctor take a look at it. Your doctor would want to give you a tetanus booster, just in case. We're sorta programmed to do that, lol.

  30. QUESTION:
    first day Tattoo aftercare?
    I got a tattoo today and my tattoo artist gave me this list of aftercare procedure but it's very vague and I still have questions:
    1) How should I do my first washing of it / what should/shouldn't I do?
    2) What kind of clothing am I allowed to wear over it?
    3) How long can I keep a piece of clothing on it for?
    4) When should I start putting lotion on it (I have Lubriderm)?

    I'm really nervous because I'm going out tomorrow night and I don't want to ruin it if I get completely drunk off my ass (hehe).

    I know I should have done more research beforehand but there's soooo much contradiction information out there that I thought my tattoo artist would help me more than he did.
    Thanks in advanced :)
    It's on the underside of my forearm BTW, and about 3.5" big
    Also, what about sleeping?

    • ANSWER:
      DO NOT PUT LUBRIDERM ON IT. It is an open wound and you should not apply any sort of lotions at this stage in it's healing process. Here's some steps you should take in aftercare

      1. For about 2 weeks, apply A&D ointment to the tattoo. Only apply a small amount, and rub it in gently until the surface of your skin is no longer shiny.

      2. After 2 weeks, apply an unscented moisturizer to keep the tattoo hydrated during the flaking period. You should apply moisturizer a few times daily until the flaking has stopped and the tattoo is fully healed.

      Here's a few caution tips:

      - Don't submerge your tattoo (baths, pools etc.)
      - Don't scratch or pick at it during the healing process. This can cause infection and ugly scarring.
      - Use common sense. Only touch it using clean hands, and make sure not to wrap it in anything at any time. You need to let air get at the tattoo. The main idea is to let it breath
      - Your tattoo is an open wound, so treat it that way. Keep it sterile, and be careful with it.

  31. QUESTION:
    when should i clean my new tattoo?
    I just got my tat today at 1:00pm and basically it is just my zodiac sign on the upper middle portion of my back. I have looked online and don't really know what i should bc i am getting conflicting advice. My artist told me not to get water anywhere near the tat but today i researched online and it said that I should use an antibacterial soap and I should wash the tat. with my hand. (no wash cloth or anything) abrasive). and then apply an antibiotic cream. Exactly what should I do? I am so confused. I took a bath and avoided getting my tat wet. So should i go use some of my antibacterial soap and wash it.

    • ANSWER:
      · Leave the bandage that you received after the tattoo for 2-6 hours (No more than 10 hours) This bandage is there to keep air-borne bacteria and other contaminants in the environment from invading your wound.

      · Before cleaning or touching the tattooed areas, WASH HANDS thoroughly with soap and warm water. Treat your new tattoo as an open wound.

      · Carefully remove the bandage. If it sticks, gently wet any applied bandage and gently pull off so as not to damage any scabs or dried matter.. Don’t force it’s removal!

      · After removing the bandage, cleanse the area with mild soap and water then rinse. Do not scrub the tattoo or rub with washcloth or towel. Pat dry with a clean dry towel.

      · Let the tattoo dry completely (aprrox. 10 min)

      · Lightly apply a thin layer of acceptable aftercare products:

      * Mild medicated ointments such as Bacitracin

      * Vitamin A&D ointment

      * Specialty tattoo products such as Ink Fixx

      · You do not need to re-bandage.

      · For 3-5days, make sure the tattoo is kept very clean and apply ointment 3-4 times a day by cleansing any old ointment an applying a thin layer of fresh ointment –(only enough to make the skin shiny). Do not allow your tattoo to become dry. If scab does form, do not pick at it, but allow it to heal on it’s own.

      · Don’t panic if you have a reaction to your aftercare product. You may be sensitive to one of the ingredients. Although not a major problem, it does happen, The skin can react in a few ways from redness to irritable itchy skin to white pimple like spots. If this occurs, stop using your aftercare product. Lightly wash off the remaining product from your skin. A reaction to a product should settle down within 24-72 hours. If you are still experiencing a problem after 14 days, it would be doubtful that the aftercare product was to blame and it may be your have had a reaction to the ink. This is possible even if you have been previously tattooed without any problems. (Should this occur contact the studio for advise from the artist. It may also mean a visit to your physician if the problem persists)

      · After 3-5 days, switch to a fragrance free lotion or gentle moisturizer as needed until completely healed. It is best to use a moisturizer with aloe or vitamin E as this will help heal damaged skin. Regularly moisturizing a tattoo helps to keep the skin soft and the colors bright. Also, the sun can irreversibly damage even a well healed tattoo so remember to use a good sun block with strong SPF when spending time outdoors.

      · Healing generally takes 14 days in a normal healthy adult. As it heals, expect peeling similar to sunburned skin.

      · Itching is expected. DO NOT SCRATCH THE TATTOO!

  32. QUESTION:
    Is the new skin growing from my scrape gonna be lighter than my normal skin?
    I skinned my knee pretty bad about a week ago and today I had to run in the rain, a little bit of the scab came off from the moisture, but it's just kinda pink and a little raw, guess..

    Will the new skin that's growing be lighter than my regular skin? I'm kind of on the tanner side and if the new skin growing is white i don't want it to stand out on my leg because my scrape is pretty big, i'd say about the size of a couple quarters..

    If it is gonna be whiter, what can i do to blend it in?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not bad for a scab to pull loose early like that, but the exposed skin will be delicate. The answer above about sun is excellent -- I hadn't thought of that. Anyway, protect it with vaseline or neosporin type ointments to keep it from getting dry and developing a slightly deeper scab. I usually keep scrapes covered so they don't get banged, re-scraped or dried out.

      She was also right on about healing light-colored. The underlayers of skin take a while to recover, develop toughness, and get thinner, dead, and more protective. Yuh, dead. Plus, some of the cells from the margins of the wound start to grow towards the center to cover the area, and that all takes time to work itself out.

      You could apply a makeup to the scrape after the skin becomes soft and even in color. Some people like to use fun-colored bandages instead of trying to hide a scrape or scar.

      Note: Some people develop what are called colloidal scars, particularly African Americans. The ones I've noticed look like a smooth, sometimes shinier surface, often a bit lighter in color, and raised above the non-injured skin. If you're dark-skinned (not just tan), ask your family or others of your ethnic background if they know about it. Sorry I can't tell you more.

      If people give you grief about it, make a joke, even if their rudeness bothers you. ("Zippers can be really abrasive when you plant you knee in some jerk's crotch.")

  33. QUESTION:
    what to do?
    How to build up self esteem and confidence after its been shattered?
    Ok, I'm a 16 year old sophomore and I had the nerve to spill my guts to this one guy i've always liked....he told me he'd never date me b/c im fcking ugly and annoying and im too weird. As if my self esteem wasnt low enough...i think its because i dont do wat normal 16 yr olds do...i dont wear any kind of makeup...i dont have "stylish" hair and i have pimples and i have a pretty blah-looking face. What can I do? I have no confidence or self-esteem left in me...

    and idk if i should start wearing makeup and all that b/c then he'll see i gave into wat he said i should do.

    :(

    • ANSWER:
      One. Don't ever let what anyone says affect you. People are gonna say some pretty nasty things in this life time, he won't be the last or the worst. It's unfortunately life.

      As for the acne, this was my miracle. I struggled with acne for 7 years. I'm a junior in high school. Desitin Baby Diaper Rash Ointment. My acne is finally clearing up since I've been using this stuff. I actually used this stuff as a joke for my mom. She said it would be funny if that was my miracle acne clearer, and what do you know, it was. Now I also have a habit of picking zits. So if I wake up with a pretty big zit because I forgot to take off my make-up or ate something that makes me breakout, I pop it. Desitin has really helped clear up any scarring from picking. Most scarring clears up within a week or two. Now the Desitin will instantly take out some redness from the acne over night. So if you get the red zits like me, you'll love this. I've been using this stuff for about a month or two now, and my face hasn't been clearer in years. Desitin keeps your face dry, but still moisturized. However, I do have to use Neutrogena Shine Control Blotting Sheets if I'm out in public so I won't have a shiny face. But to use this correctly, use it basically as a spot treatment. Put it on at night on each spot and rub it in. If you're face feels a little oily or greasy from it, just take a towel and blot your face so it's dry. When you wake up in the morning, same thing. So morning & night, and voila! This seriously was my miracle stuff so hopefully it can help you.

      As for hair. Sure maybe get a haircut that makes you feel sexier or prettier. It never hurts to feel good. If you like your hair right now, then keep it as it is. For makeup, if you don't feel like wearing make up, then don't. The thing that makes us sexy is our confidence. And I finally have realized it this weekend. I was always very shy and last weekend at a end of school party, I finally took a risk. I was always scared of guys. And it seemed I could never get a boyfriend after my ex, which was 2 years ago btw. So yes, no boyfriend for over 2 years. But this last weekend, I finally did something different. I got some confidence and dance like hell at this party. I had one guy come up behind me and try grinding with me. Well I screamed. I had never had anything like that happen before, and plus this one creepy guy kept following me around all night so I thought it was him. Well when I turned around to see who was trying to dance with me, it was this amazing looking guy. He kinda stared at me and walked away. Bummed? You bet I was. So i blew it off, because for once, a cute guy wanted to dance with me. Later on, another guy came up, and actually asked if I wanted to dance. At first I was nervous and ready to say no. But then I was like well what the hell. So i said yes. And while I was a bit nervous dancing with him, by the end of the song I was winding & grinding up on that floor. (HAH! sorry had a song moment) But I was very confident. Later on I had a couple guys approach me and I was very flirty and relaxed. Something I've never been. By the end of the night at least one guy had asked for me number. Again, something that's never happened. So the true key to being hot, is not giving in to what some guy says or even believing an inch of it, but by believing your beautiful inside & out and showing that you've got some confidence. If I, the super shy girl I use to be, can end up grinding with a guy at a party, anyone can change and be the person they want to be.

  34. QUESTION:
    question for people who have gotten their ear cartilage peirced?
    ive had my ear cartilage peirced for months now. probably 3 months and i havent taken out the first earring yet. when i first got it done i could lay on it and it didnt hurt and it was very easy to clean. i got my hair cut a week after and while my hair dresser was combing my hair she jammed the comb into the earring. she didnt know i had gotten the ear peirced. when i got home it was red and swollen and leaking some sort of fluid that would get crusty. i kept twisting it to keep it from getting crusty and i eventually took the earring out because the hole was clogged and bleeding. my mom was able to help me put the earring back in so i didnt have to get it repeirced. it doesnt hurt now the redness is gone it doesnt leak or get crusty anymore because it has been months. but there is a bump on the back of my ear where the rod goes through the other end. its not infected its kind of like a bubble and my friend who has her cartilage peirced said it does go away but it has been there for months and was not there until i got my hair cut so idk wat to do about it. my mom said to take a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol on it and just press it on the bump. any suggestions on how to make it go away. srry the question is so long.

    • ANSWER:
      i have 2 cartilage piercings in one ear (done by a pro), and on both i got a bump but not becuz of trauma, they naturally came, i was told that the bump is filled with a sticky puss... i hav come to believe that this is part of the healing process but don't take my word on that... but what i do have to say is that the bump your defining is called a keloid, a keloid is a somewhat shiny, dome-shaped scarring that often occurs after the skin has rejected a foreign object, whether that be a tattoo or a piercing.
      Keloids, may start some time after the injury and extend beyond the wound site. This tendency to migrate into surrounding areas that weren't injured to begin with distinguishes keloids from regular scars. Keloids typically appear following surgery or injury, but they can also appear spontaneously or as a result of some slight inflammation, such as an acne pimple on the chest (even one that wasn't scratched or otherwise irritated). Other minor injuries that can trigger keloids are burns and PIERCINGS.
      The best way to treat keloids from piercings is to remove the jewelry and STOP putting rubbing alcohol on it, it darkens the pierced area. treat the area with witch hazel and a breathable anti-bacterial ointment...

      TRUST ME, YOU WILL THANK ME FOR THIS LATER. :) HOPED THIS HELPED!

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for the eyebrow tattoo to be a giant brown blob a day after the procedure?
    Hey people. I got my eyebrows tattooed last night and I think it went well. The artist listened to what I wanted, I felt no pain, and I was happy with the overall shape. This morning up until now I've been applying antibacterial cream every 3-4 hrs or so and trying to clean off any dried blood/goop/buildup with a q-tip beforehand. She did a feathering technique, literally drawing each individual hair. However, right now my eyebrows look like two giant brown blobs that are eyebrow shaped, and I can't make out the individual hairs I saw last night immediately after the procedure. I guess my question is, Is this just temporary? A part of the healing process? Is what I'm seeing clusters of dried blood and scabbing? (Gross I know) Anyone who has gone through the eyebrow tattoo process, please inform me of the aftermath.

    Thanks! :)

    • ANSWER:
      It is like all tattoos. It will just plain look all kinds of weird while healing, and you just plain cannot judge it until it is completely and totally healed. You must do excellent and current aftercare 3 - 5Xs a day, and keep it out of the sun. You need to just go through how it looks (and it won't necessarily be too pretty) while it heals.
      If your tattoo artist, and you both do an excellent job, then it will turn out fine (in about 1 month).
      Here's a great video on aftercare:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXS9t1Ec7pY
      You should not be using antibiotic cream on your tattoo. Stuff like Neosporin is great for a wound, but part of the way that it works is that it pulls out anything foreign from the wound = not good for tattoos!
      You should not be using Q-tips either. You risk putting fibers into the fresh tattoo, this is not good.
      You should be treating it like any tattoo:
      Wash with antibiotic liquid soap with clean fingers
      Splash rinse - no soaking, no direct streams of water
      Pat dry with clean paper towel - no cloth towels or wash cloths, no rubbing
      Air dry a bit
      Apply Ointment (like A&D) for up to 3 days in a very very light coat after that white, no dye, no scent lotion like Curel or Lubriderm
      Or use white no dye no scent lotion from start to finish of the healing process, applied lightly
      Pat off any seepage/ink transfer plasma whenever you see it with clean paper towels - no rubbing
      (this avoids scabbing, which can pull out ink)
      If a scab forms, however, leave it alone to fall off by itself, just continue your aftercare.
      Stay out of sun, and do not use sunblock until it is completely and totally healed - a month or more, when it feels and looks like regular skin, does not hurt when you bump it, does not feel stiff, does not feel itchy.
      Your tattoo will look any or all of these: red, swollen, itchy, milky/filmy, flaky, peeling, scabbing, shiny etc.

      luck~


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    My lab is 13 years old and a little fighter to say the very least. She lives a warm, happy life and has never had any severe medical conditions until about a year ago when she developed staph infection on her belly. The infection has spread and now covers her whole stomach and she has a few small patches of infected skin on her back. The veterinarian gave us antibiotics but when she is given these pills, she wont eat for days. It upsets her stomach and she recognizes the smell of the pill even when it's mixed in her food (smart cookie, I know). We also used a medicated shampoo all summer, bathing her almost every other day. This helped with the awful smell, but did not heal the skin. Now it is winter and baths are no longer an option since my mother refuses to bathe her in our tub. We had her groomed a week ago and even gave the groomers our shampoo but her smell and itching is worse than ever. I can't afford to have her injected with antibiotic shots....are there any other options out there? Maybe a topical ointment or a medicated cream? I just want her to be more comfortable and to stop that absolutely horrific odor!!! Any suggestions are much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it could be MRSA. If it is it is a drug-resistant infection & can be difficult to get rid of. Have the wounds been cultured? With a wound that isn't healing, your Vet should culture the wound & do a sensitivity to see what antibiotic will work.Then order the correct antibiotic. Your job will be to get the antibiotic into the dog diligently, every dose for the entire course of antibiotics. Forceably pilling the dog if needed. Don't mix it in her food for her to choose to eat or not. She may require an extended course of the specific antibiotic to eliminate the infection since it has been going on for a long-time & has probably become drug-resistant.

  2. QUESTION:
    Pus coming out if new ear piercing?
    I've read a few of these already, but I just wanna double check. I got my ears pierced about a week and a half ago with a size 14 needle. They mostly stopped hurting, but my left ear has been a little sore around the piercing since we did it. Then today pus started coming out of it. It just happened once. I cleaned it with peroxide. What do you suggest?

    • ANSWER:
      JESUS SH^T THE PEOPLE ANSWERING THESE ARE STUPID. YOU NEVER EVER PUT PEROXIDE OR ALCOHOL ON A PIERCING, IT'S AN OPEN PUNCTURE WOUND.

      Alcohol dehydrates the skin, kills the healing flesh, causes undue scarring, and can lead to longer healing times. Hydrogen peroxide kills healing flesh. ALL the healing flesh. So does iodine, found in table salt. Never put any ointment, creme, salve, or lotion on a piercing. This blocks the flow of oxygen and creates a warm little anaerobic place for bacteria to fester and grow, causing an infection.

      The only thing you should be cleaning your piercing with is a saline solution like H2Ocean or making your own with 1/4 tsp NON IODIZED sea salt in 8 oz warm water. You should be soaking the piercing in your saline solution twice a day for around 5 minutes each. You can also use a mild, unscented antibacterial soap when you bathe. Think the original orange Dial.

      Now, was this pus or lymph? Lymph is white or slightly off white. Lymph is healthy and normal. Lymph is made of dead skin cells, dead blood cells, dead bacteria, and sebum. Lymph is your way of knowing that your immune system is doing a good job of keeping your piercing healthy. Putting peroxide or alcohol or iodine into the wound kills the white blood cells keeping the piercing healthy.

      Pus is pinkish white, yellowish white, or greenish white with a foul odor. This would mean an infection. To clear the infection, use your antibacterial soap and a sea salt soak 3 times a day until it clears.

  3. QUESTION:
    a 62 year old diabetic black man presents in the emergency room with a swollen left leg with areas?
    areas of blanching and blue mottling. A "foul odor" is coming from a dressed wound. The physicians remove the dressing and a brownish fluid is seeping from a wounded area. The fluid contains what appear to be small bits of the tissue. No pus appears to be present. The wound has a strong "rotten" odor.
    Five days earlier, while at his work as a farmer, he caught the leg in his manure spreader, sustaining a deep, crushing, grossly dirty injury. His wife cleaned the wound as well as she could with soap and water, dressed it with clean gauze, and wrapped it tightly with an elastic bandage to stop the bleeding. The second day they redressed the wound and applied triple antibiotic ointment. The patient treated his pain with ibuprofen (Advil). He reported the pain was not very bad for the first 72 hours. In the past 24 hours, the leg swelled and the mottling began to appear. A foul odor and severe pain accompanied the swelling. His wife convinced him to come to the emergency room even though they did not have medical insurance.

    • ANSWER:
      So he has a bacterial wound infection, compounded by diabetic angiopathy and circulation being further compromised by the pressure dressing. The injury may be necrotising and possibly gangrenous, he's also at high risk of systemic sepsis, needs urgent IV antibiotics and probable amputation of the limb.

      Is there actually a question here though? Or have I just done your homework for you?

  4. QUESTION:
    Over the counter ways to get rid of boils?
    I need a name or two of some really good boil removers that will get rid of the boil in no more than 4days. Something that you can buy at Walmart etc, bc thats all we have around here. Please help me! thanks
    PS
    THERE IS NO WAY I CAN TAKE A "BATH". IM AT COLLEGE AND ALL WE HAVE ARE SHOWERS. AND TO TOP IT OFF IM PREGNANT. :o (

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jerrica

      Here are the answers you need.

      Cause:
      When the blood stream is flowing "clean" and doing an efficient job by feeding the system properly and carrying off the wastes, the whole body benefits...When a "good clean blood-purifying program" is being used, we will see that the toxic poisons are being removed and boils, acne and other skin diseases will start clearing up.

      Herbal Aids:
      1. Boils, Carbuncles, Tumors: Bruise the fresh leaves of plantain and apply to the affected area, cover and keep moist (juice); change poultice before dry.

      2. Rashes, Pimples, Boils, Scurvy, Eczema: Use a decoction of equal parts burdock root and yellow dock (Rumex crispus) as a wash, and drink the combination as a tea.

      3. See formula for boils poultice using burdock root, sarsaparilla, yellow dock and black alder.

      4. Boils, Carbuncles: Make an external application of equal parts of echinacea and ground pine or club moss (Lycopodium clavatum), while taking the echinacea tea or syrup internally; another effective poultice is to use flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum), lobelia (Lobelia inflata), slippery elm powder (Ulmus fulva), and cayenne (Capsicum minimum; C. fastigiatum) with echinacea tea and apply fresh 2 times daily for 4 days.

      5. Boils, Carbuncles, Gangrenous Sores: Apply the powder of bayberry in a poultice.

      6. Boils, Tumors, Scrofulous Ulcers, Ulcers of Mouth and Throat, Inflamed Skin and Mucous Membrane, Infection, Cancer: Apply a poultice of the fresh roots and leaves of white pond lily; also the strong decoction makes an excellent base for mixing other ingredients for application; the powder is often mixed equal parts with crushed flax seed (linseed) or powdered slippery elm.

      7. Inflammation, Bruises, Sprains, Swellings, Suppuration of Boils: Apply a fomentation made from the comfrey root or leaves.

      8. Boils: Paint the part with pure olive oil to prevent sticking, then saturate a thick layer of cotton with comfrey mucilage and apply to the affected parts. Cover with plastic or waxed paper, bandage, and leave on until nearly dry. Make a fresh application by following the same process. If pus is present, paint the part with oil of garlic instead of olive oil and take 1 teaspoonful of the oil, internally. This will prevent or stop putrefaction and pus formation, which will hasten the healing process. Give fomentation wrung out of a strong decoction.

      9. Boils: A comfrey fomentation or fresh poultice is excellent when it is necessary to resort to cutting and draining. This will draw and drain the boil.

      10. Drawing and Healing Poultice (inflamed surfaces, ulcers, wounds, burns, boils, skin diseases, purulent ophthalmic, chilblains, etc.): Add water to the powder to make an application of due consistence (use alone or in combination with other healing agents discussed) and place on the affected part. Stripping the bark straight from the tree and binding the inner side to a bad wound will work.

      11. Swellings, Pneumonia, Pleurisy, Boils, etc.: Make a compress or plaster of lobelia, of hops, bran, or lard.

      12. See formula for maturation poultice for boils using ginger and flour.

      13. Dr. Christopher's Black Ointment: This is an excellent drawing ointment. For use externally on old ulcers, tumors, boils, warts, skin cancers, hemorrhoids, excellent for burns and as a healing agent. This is made with chaparral, comfrey, red clover blossoms, pine tar, mullein, beeswax, plantain, olive oil, mutton tallow, chickweed, poke root.

      14. Gargle for Sore Throat, Swollen Tonsils, Fomentation of Boils of Skin Eruptions. (Also useful for feet with unpleasant odor). 1 oz. powdered oak bark simmered in 3 pints of water for about 30 minutes. Simmer to 2/3 of original volume.

      15. Staph: From a question to Dr. Christopher's Newsletter: What will, in a natural way, aid to clear up staph?

      Staph is an abbreviation for Staphylococcus. The definition for this word is bunch of grapes. A genus of spherical cells arranged in irregular groups and short chains, and very rarely in packets. These are the bacteria most commonly found in boils, abscesses, carbuncles, and similar suppurative processes.

      As can be seen here, we do not have a local problem, but an internal one. I have had many cases of long suffered and continual of furuncle (boil) types that have been cleared by cleaning up the blood stream. The initial cause stems from "food" intake.

      The first step is to clean out the bowels (using Dr. Christopher's Lower Bowel Tonic [Fen LB] and Dr. Christopher's Blood Purifying Tea called the Red Clover Combination formula).

      After getting on the right start, it is also good to stay on the mucusless diet for long range good health and freedom from staph infections.

      As an aid to clearing a staph condition as quickly as possible, it is wise to use an abundance of garlic and onions, raw as much as possible, in salads and low heated foods. We have in our aids a formula for infection. [INF Comb] Two or three of these capsules, three or more times a day, will be of great help. To assist this formula add three of six drops of Black Walnut Tincture and three to six drops of Tincture of Lobelia to each cup of steam distilled water being used in drinking down these capsules.

      16. Vegetable Juices: Useful for the treatment of boils and carbuncles are: carrot & spinach, carrot & cucumber, carrot.

      17. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of scrofula, eczema, impetigo (as related above), acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm--we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Testimonials:
      1. Boils Under Both Arms: While serving in the army during World War II, we had a soldier come to us with a bad case of boils under both arms. We lanced and treated them as usual, but in a week or so he was back with another crop. When questioned about it, he said that he had been plagued with the problem all his life. I asked him if he wanted to rid his body of the boils, and he said he did. So I gave him a prescription, to the mess sergeant (not to the druggist): no fried foods, no milk, no meat, no potatoes, no soft drinks, but all fresh fruits and vegetables. Needless to say, the boils promptly cleared up and he had no recurrence of them. So these types of diseases must be treated by clearing up the blood stream and keeping it clean if healing is to be realized.

      2. Boils Suffered for Nearly a Year: Dr. Shook also related, at length, the story of a young man who was suffering for nearly a year with boils on different parts of his body, two under one arm and one under the other, several scattered about on his wrists, buttocks, and legs, and nine on his neck. It was the worst case of Furunculosis (boils caused by blood impurity) that Dr. Shook had ever seen.

      He told the man to gather a large sackful of fresh burdock leaves and to dig up the roots of first-year plants. His wife washed and chopped the leaves and made them into a poultice with Oil of Eucalyptus and applied wherever the boils appeared. The roots were cleaned, chopped, and boiled, four ounces to a quart of water, for twenty minutes. This was strained and reduced to one pint and taken in small doses throughout the day till the pint was gone.

      In three weeks, the boils were gone, and in one month the young man was completely well, although he had suffered so much for so long. The boils did not recur.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  5. QUESTION:
    HOW to tell when my monroe piercing is infected?
    i just got my monroe pierced during the weekend. Its red around the hole and somewhat swollen. i have been using rubbing alcohol to clean it. some times clear puss comes out and sometimes a white puss comes out plz help i need to know if its infected or not

    • ANSWER:
      YOU'RE AN IDIOT. That is all I should tell you, but since I'm not yet at "pass out" stage from melatonin, I might as well help you out.

      A bit of info on piercing infections first. Redness and swelling are to be expected. YOU JUST HAD A CHUNK OF FLESH CUT OUT OF YOU AND REPLACED WITH A STEEL BOLT. White or off white secretion is normal and healthy. This is called lymph, and means your body is fighting off infection and healing. Infections present with warmth in the area, swelling, pain to touch, greenish white, yellowish white, or pinkish white secretion that has a foul odor, smelling like rot or death. If the secretion is green, seek medical attention immediately. If the discoloration goes from red to black, dark purple, or green, seek medical attention immediately.

      Step 1. STOP USING FCKING RUBBING ALCOHOL ON PIERCINGS. SH^T, ONE WOULD THINK YOU'D DO SOME FCKING RESEARCH FIRST. Never use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol (or anything containing it. Looking at you, witch hazel), hydrogen peroxide, anything containing iodine (either bottled iodine or table salt), lotions, salves, creams, or ointments. Since I assume that you don't know why, I shall elaborate further.

      IODINE, PEROXIDE, AND ALCOHOL.

      These kill everything. Bad bacteria (infections). Good bacteria. White blood cells, used for killing bad bacteria. HEALING FLESH. Using these will lead to longer healing times, scarring, and increased chance of infection, rejection, migration, and other problems. It is actually listed on the instructions of these products to NOT USE THEM ON PUNCTURE WOUNDS, AKA PIERCINGS. SO STOP.

      LOTIONS, CREAMS, SALVES, AND OINTMENTS.

      Lotions, creams, salves, and ointments block the flow of oxygen to the open wound. Yes, a piercing, or puncture wound, is an open wound until the fistula, or flesh tunnel, forms around the jewelry. This creates a warm, anaerobic area, the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and cause an infection.

      WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING.

      If your piercer was a trained professional, they would have told you this already. Unfortunately, it seems that many of the piercers the people here go to are random guys picked up off the street on that particular day, given a piercing needle, and told to jab it through somebody's flesh. Either that or you people don't listen.

      Anyway, use ONLY a mild, unscented antibacterial soap, like the original orange Dial, and an IODINE FREE ( <---- IMPORTANT) saline solution. You can either purchase a commercial saline solution such as H2Ocean or Wound Wash at your local pharmacy or supermarket, or you can make your own by mixing (get ready for it) 1/4 tsp NON IODIZED sea salt in 8 oz warm water.

      Soak your new piercing in your saline solution twice a day for around 5 minutes each time. Rinse with water afterwards to avoid salt buildup, which can dehydrate the skin.

      Use your antibacterial soap when you wash the piercing.

      For oral piercings (any piercing of the tongue, tongue web, cheek, lips, or uvula), you MUST use a non alcoholic mouthwash. I recommend Biotene to my clients. This is the same stuff oral surgeons recommend to patients who have had extractions, reconstructions, and other oral surgeries. Rinse your mouth after EVERY meal and cigarette, if you smoke.

      Again, a list of DO's and DON'T's.

      DON'T:

      Use alcohol or anything containing alcohol on ANY new or healing piercing.
      Use Hydrogen Peroxide on any new or healing piercing.
      Use anything containing Iodine, to include bottled Iodine or table salt, on any new or healing piercing.
      Use any type of cream, lotion, salve, or ointment on any new or healing piercing. This includes Vitamin E oil, Cocoa Butter, Poly/Neosporin, Antibacterial ointments, etc (unless expressly recommended by a medical professional).

      DO:

      Use a mild, unscented antibacterial soap to clean the piercing. The original, orange Dial works great.
      Use either a commercial or home made saline solution twice a day for around 5 minutes each.
      Use a non alcoholic mouthwash, such as Biotene, after every meal and cigarette (if you smoke).

  6. QUESTION:
    Does a bruise heal faster when left open or when under bandaging?
    I fell from my bike and got a minor wound on my knee last day. Today morning, I removed the bandaging and found that the wound was still fresh but the bleeding had stopped.

    I haven't went for a wound-dressing again. Should I just leave the wound open and apply Betadine ointment on it or should I go get it dressed again?

    Hoping to receive some kind advice from all you wonderful people...
    Hey thanks! All advices were helpful and I did go for dressing after leaving it open for less than an hour or so.

    Thanks writersblock for the very helpful advice.

    Thanks Z for again really very helpful advice.

    And thanks h_s_mom for the very very helpful words. You cleared it all up for me. I did buy the bandaging stuff and yea, it is economically better and also more comfortable. Thanks!

    And thanks to Sumax too for the new advice. I'd jus' leave this question open so that others might benefit from the advices.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Batman.

      I don't have any real medical advice, and I'm the worst one for being unable to quote medical jargon. Please keep that in mind as I tell you what I would do.

      When you fell and visited the infirmary, I'm guessing their first goal may have been to stop the bleeding and clean the wound. The Betadine solution that I am familiar with is used as an antiseptic to help clean the area of any germs that exist around the wound site. Betadine is an iodine solution containing about 10% active iodine. I've just read that Betadine is used instead of straight iodine because it is apt to cause less scarring and won't increase the healing time as straight iodine does.

      When the site is clean and the bleeding is controlled, a dressing is applied. Usually an antibiotic ointment is applied to help prevent infection. I don't believe I've ever seen Betadine ointment (Betadine suspended in a jelly like substance). I'm wondering if it is used as you would an antibacterial ointment or antibiotic ointment? Different agents fight against infection from different things: bacteria, fungi, virus, parasites.

      If the wound is still fresh, I would suggest (as someone did above) applying a triple antibiotic ointment and a fresh dressing. If the doctor has supplied you with or suggested a specific ointment, then you should use what the doctor has recommended. The reason for the dressing is three fold. 1.) A fresh dressing will help protect the wound. It will help keep dirt and germs from getting on the wound. If the wound is still "fresh" then it is still apt to become infected. The dressing will also help protect the open wound from friction/rubbing from clothing. 2.) The fresh dressing will help keep the medication/ointment on the wound. This protects not only the wound but also furniture and clothing. If the dressing becomes wet or compromised, a fresh dressing should be applied. 3.) A dressing will help to absorb any blood or oozing that may come from the wound.

      In our family we call a scab "God's Band-Aid." When a scab has formed, we pretty much stop any sort of treatment. At that time, a dressing might be applied to protect the scab from picking or bumping or chafing, but other than that we just leave it alone.

      It will take an infected wound longer to heal. Please continue caring for the wound until it has healed, protecting it from dirt and germs. If you notice increased redness, swelling, oozing, an unusual odor, heat, or pain, you should go see the doctor as these can be signs of infection. And remember to keep the area clean and dry.

      Just a side note: A trip to the infirmary for a dressing change might be costly. It may make sense economically to buy some gauze and adhesive tape (or large knee bandages -- depending on the size of the wound) and some triple antibiotic ointment. That way, you can change the dressing multiple times as it becomes wet or loosens. (Ask your doctor if this type of wound can be cared for at home and what type of dressing and ointments to apply.)

      And remember to eat well and get plenty of rest. A healthy body will very likely heal faster than a neglected one.

      Happy healing.

  7. QUESTION:
    how can i tell whether my wounds are infected?
    they were self inflicted (sun. night) it's now thursday afternoon and they reali dont look good
    i cant post a picture but its swollen and red sensitive and a lot more painful than it should be there was a lot of pus and it smelt but since i cleaned it and let it dry out theres been no more pus and the anti-sceptic has masked the smell. should i be worried about having no tetnus vacinations for 9 1/2 years and will the infection heal itself?
    when i put sun. night it stood for sunday night, when the cuts happened sorry to those who were confused by that
    i have an appointment with a self harm specialist 2moro at the hospital i cud get it looked at by a nurse while im there

    • ANSWER:
      Signs of infection include -- warmth (to the touch), redness (on and around the perimeter of wound), drainage (pus), foul odor, more pain and generalized fever. If you post a picture and detailed description I can help more.

      EDIT: With that extra information. I suggest seeing a doctor. If unable to see one, keep it really clean and covered with an antibiotic ointment on. Antibiotics will clear this up for you. Any topical ointment sold at any drugstore should help. In general a tetanus shot needs a booster every 10 years. You are borderline. Tetanus is very serious and much easier to prevent than to treat once present. If you can see a doctor or go to a clinic for a booster and antibiotics I would suggest it. Good luck. By self inflicted -- I am wondering if you mean you are a cutter. If you are, seek treatment anyway. I understand that you may be embarrassed to reveal this to a doctor. A doctor cannot make you stop, you have to want to stop. If you are ready for help you can share that with the doctor as well. In any case you will benefit greatly from a doctors treatment.

  8. QUESTION:
    I broke wind so vigorously yesterday morning that i've hurt myself........?
    Will my backside heal up of its own accord or should i go to the doctor? I have a female doctor you see, and i'd be terribly embarrassed.

    • ANSWER:
      If your backside bled after you passed wind, and the bleeding is still happening when you have a bowel movement or pass wind, I suggest you see a doctor. Were the bleeding to have stopped and you are still sore, you may want to put an antibiotic ointment on your bottom so that it won't get infected and will have a better chance of healing. I suggest that you do not force a bowel movement by pushing, as it may tear the hemorrhoids and you will bleed more and be very uncomfortable. Were your hemorrhoids to be swollen, I suggest using a hemorrhoid ointment to shrink the hemorrhoids so it will be easier to have a bowel movement without bleeding. When you pass wind, I suggest that you not force it by being so vigorous as you were, as this is why you hurt yourself. I also suggest that you learn the art of being a frump. A frump is a person who passes wind under the covers in bed and then goes under the covers to enjoy the stink and relish in the fact that they produced such a pungent odor that would drive others out of the room, and the person sharing your bed out of bed and out of their mind.

  9. QUESTION:
    Irritation or wound in the scrotum skin area, I really really need help...?
    i have a wound in my scrotum skin area, i don't know where i got it but i think i got it because my scrotum skin and legs were rubbing each other, by the way... i got a skin irritation or wound, yellowish fluids comes out an it hurts when i touch it, i tried putting baby powder on it and it helped a little but the wound is still not healing that well, its been a week now, need help, please! i'm freaking out now, i'm so desperate, help please...

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds like classic skin chafing. Don't worry - it happens at some point or another in any guy's life.

      Luckily for you, there is an easy cure. But keep in mind **** See a doctor if chafed skin lasts more than two days as the risk on an infection is not a risk that you want****

      Here are some common remedies:

      Take time out. Once your skin is chafed, you'll need to give it a chance to heal. Take a break from the activity that caused the problem. Chafing should heal in a day or two.

      Slip into something slippery. In areas of repeated chafing?such as the inner thighs or groin or under the arms or breasts?you can cut down on friction by dusting on some powder, says Dr. Dvorine. Ointments?such as Vaseline, Noxzema, zinc oxide ointment and cortisone cream?can likewise help intimately close areas of skin slip past each other. "In very hairy areas, greasy applications may clog follicles and produce more irritation," says Dr. Dvorine. "So creams and lotions are better there."

      Get loose. Loose-fitting cotton clothing is best for chafe-prone skin, says Dr. Bihova. Tight-fitting athletic wear should be made of natural fibers, too, because they absorb sweat and carry it away from the skin. Some high-tech exercise clothes are made from synthetic materials that "breathe," somewhat like natural fibers, says Dr. Dvorine. The key is to choose clothes that let air penetrate through the fabric and evaporate moisture.

      Stop that fungus. Chafing that hangs on for more than two days after the rubbing stops may have graduated into a fungal infection. If a doctor has previously diagnosed a fungal infection, and you can recognize it when it happens again, you can use an over-the-counter antifungal medication, such as Lotrimin. "If you're not sure, though, get a medical diagnosis, because using an antifungal medication on a nonfungal problem might cause further irritation," says Dr. Dvorine.

      Sweat less. If your chafing is caused by excessive sweating, you might want to confine your workouts to cooler morning and evening hours. (For other hints and tips on staying dry, see Body Odor on page 55 and Sweating on page 512 .)

  10. QUESTION:
    So how do you get rid of boils, ive just aquired two beauties on my face.?

    Also ha ha do i put a plaster over them or leave them alone, either way im gonna look stupid

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Valhalla

      Here are some remedies.

      Cause:
      When the blood stream is flowing "clean" and doing an efficient job by feeding the system properly and carrying off the wastes, the whole body benefits...When a "good clean blood-purifying program" is being used, we will see that the toxic poisons are being removed and boils, acne and other skin diseases will start clearing up.

      Herbal Aids:
      1. Boils, Carbuncles, Tumors: Bruise the fresh leaves of plantain and apply to the affected area, cover and keep moist (juice); change poultice before dry.

      2. Rashes, Pimples, Boils, Scurvy, Eczema: Use a decoction of equal parts burdock root and yellow dock (Rumex crispus) as a wash, and drink the combination as a tea.

      3. See formula for boils poultice using burdock root, sarsaparilla, yellow dock and black alder.

      4. Boils, Carbuncles: Make an external application of equal parts of echinacea and ground pine or club moss (Lycopodium clavatum), while taking the echinacea tea or syrup internally; another effective poultice is to use flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum), lobelia (Lobelia inflata), slippery elm powder (Ulmus fulva), and cayenne (Capsicum minimum; C. fastigiatum) with echinacea tea and apply fresh 2 times daily for 4 days.

      5. Boils, Carbuncles, Gangrenous Sores: Apply the powder of bayberry in a poultice.

      6. Boils, Tumors, Scrofulous Ulcers, Ulcers of Mouth and Throat, Inflamed Skin and Mucous Membrane, Infection, Cancer: Apply a poultice of the fresh roots and leaves of white pond lily; also the strong decoction makes an excellent base for mixing other ingredients for application; the powder is often mixed equal parts with crushed flax seed (linseed) or powdered slippery elm.

      7. Inflammation, Bruises, Sprains, Swellings, Suppuration of Boils: Apply a fomentation made from the comfrey root or leaves.

      8. Boils: Paint the part with pure olive oil to prevent sticking, then saturate a thick layer of cotton with comfrey mucilage and apply to the affected parts. Cover with plastic or waxed paper, bandage, and leave on until nearly dry. Make a fresh application by following the same process. If pus is present, paint the part with oil of garlic instead of olive oil and take 1 teaspoonful of the oil, internally. This will prevent or stop putrefaction and pus formation, which will hasten the healing process. Give fomentation wrung out of a strong decoction.

      9. Boils: A comfrey fomentation or fresh poultice is excellent when it is necessary to resort to cutting and draining. This will draw and drain the boil.

      10. Drawing and Healing Poultice (inflamed surfaces, ulcers, wounds, burns, boils, skin diseases, purulent ophthalmic, chilblains, etc.): Add water to the powder to make an application of due consistence (use alone or in combination with other healing agents discussed) and place on the affected part. Stripping the bark straight from the tree and binding the inner side to a bad wound will work.

      11. Swellings, Pneumonia, Pleurisy, Boils, etc.: Make a compress or plaster of lobelia, of hops, bran, or lard.

      12. See formula for maturation poultice for boils using ginger and flour.

      13. Dr. Christopher's Black Ointment: This is an excellent drawing ointment. For use externally on old ulcers, tumors, boils, warts, skin cancers, hemorrhoids, excellent for burns and as a healing agent. This is made with chaparral, comfrey, red clover blossoms, pine tar, mullein, beeswax, plantain, olive oil, mutton tallow, chickweed, poke root.

      14. Gargle for Sore Throat, Swollen Tonsils, Fomentation of Boils of Skin Eruptions. (Also useful for feet with unpleasant odor). 1 oz. powdered oak bark simmered in 3 pints of water for about 30 minutes. Simmer to 2/3 of original volume.

      15. Staph: From a question to Dr. Christopher's Newsletter: What will, in a natural way, aid to clear up staph?

      Staph is an abbreviation for Staphylococcus. The definition for this word is bunch of grapes. A genus of spherical cells arranged in irregular groups and short chains, and very rarely in packets. These are the bacteria most commonly found in boils, abscesses, carbuncles, and similar suppurative processes.

      As can be seen here, we do not have a local problem, but an internal one. I have had many cases of long suffered and continual of furuncle (boil) types that have been cleared by cleaning up the blood stream. The initial cause stems from "food" intake.

      The first step is to clean out the bowels (using Dr. Christopher's Lower Bowel Tonic [Fen LB] and Dr. Christopher's Blood Purifying Tea called the Red Clover Combination formula).

      After getting on the right start, it is also good to stay on the mucusless diet for long range good health and freedom from staph infections.

      As an aid to clearing a staph condition as quickly as possible, it is wise to use an abundance of garlic and onions, raw as much as possible, in salads and low heated foods. We have in our aids a formula for infection. [INF Comb] Two or three of these capsules, three or more times a day, will be of great help. To assist this formula add three of six drops of Black Walnut Tincture and three to six drops of Tincture of Lobelia to each cup of steam distilled water being used in drinking down these capsules.

      16. Vegetable Juices: Useful for the treatment of boils and carbuncles are: carrot & spinach, carrot & cucumber, carrot.

      17. Black Walnut: Externally, Black Walnut is nearly a miracle worker in cases of scrofula, eczema, impetigo (as related above), acne, dandruff, boils, itch, shingles, ringworm--we could go on, but you can see that you can use Black Walnut whenever a skin disorder appears! The tincture is an excellent first-aid remedy for wounds.

      Testimonials:
      1. Boils Under Both Arms: While serving in the army during World War II, we had a soldier come to us with a bad case of boils under both arms. We lanced and treated them as usual, but in a week or so he was back with another crop. When questioned about it, he said that he had been plagued with the problem all his life. I asked him if he wanted to rid his body of the boils, and he said he did. So I gave him a prescription, to the mess sergeant (not to the druggist): no fried foods, no milk, no meat, no potatoes, no soft drinks, but all fresh fruits and vegetables. Needless to say, the boils promptly cleared up and he had no recurrence of them. So these types of diseases must be treated by clearing up the blood stream and keeping it clean if healing is to be realized.

      2. Boils Suffered for Nearly a Year: Dr. Shook also related, at length, the story of a young man who was suffering for nearly a year with boils on different parts of his body, two under one arm and one under the other, several scattered about on his wrists, buttocks, and legs, and nine on his neck. It was the worst case of Furunculosis (boils caused by blood impurity) that Dr. Shook had ever seen.

      He told the man to gather a large sackful of fresh burdock leaves and to dig up the roots of first-year plants. His wife washed and chopped the leaves and made them into a poultice with Oil of Eucalyptus and applied wherever the boils appeared. The roots were cleaned, chopped, and boiled, four ounces to a quart of water, for twenty minutes. This was strained and reduced to one pint and taken in small doses throughout the day till the pint was gone.

      In three weeks, the boils were gone, and in one month the young man was completely well, although he had suffered so much for so long. The boils did not recur.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  11. QUESTION:
    Opinions on Kangaroo Wound Care Options?
    I have a kangaroo joey with a severe leg injury from hanging in a fence. I've had totally contradictory advice from two separate vets, and am a bit frustrated at this point. So I thought I would get some opinions from you folks. The wounds are open, nothing to stitch. You can see recent photos of them at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattis_plac... but don't click if you are squeemish! Ok, he's on daily antibiotic injections, but I am of two minds whether I should be using something like an antiseptic powder to dry the wounds out, or an antibiotic ointment? I am changing the dressings daily. I apply a non-stick dressing, then soft thick roll gauze, then vet wrap. What do you guys think? Dry it out or keep it moist?

    • ANSWER:
      PJJ, I tried the link to the photos and it did not work. Send me the photos in mail and I will take a look.
      Thanks.

      This is the message that I got at:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattis_plac...

      Page not found
      Oops! Looks like you followed a bad link.
      If you think this is a problem with Flickr, please tell us.
      Here's a link to the home page.

      I went to your questions profile and got the link. You asked the question twice.

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/pattis_place/

      My folks had an Appaloosa colt that went through a barbed wire fence and cut up his chest. The Vet sold them some sulfa powder that was bright orange. There were no stitches and the lacerations healed slowly from the inside out.

      This is as close as I can to the product that was used 40 years ago.

      Wonder Dust™
      .89
      (Farnam) A dressing powder and blood coagulant for cuts, abrasions, wounds and capillary bleeding. A caustic and drying agent for slow healing sores and infected lesions. Activated charcoal aids in prevention of proud flesh. Stops bleeding fast, dries wound quickly controls tissue granulations and removes odors.
      Dressing powder and blood coagulant for use on wounds, cuts, abrasions, and capillary bleeding
      Stops bleeding fast, dries up wounds quickly, and controls tissue granulations
      Aids in the prevention of proud flesh

  12. QUESTION:
    Pus comming from a wound that has healed?
    my dad had a mole on his back what was surgical removed a long time ago. it does not hurt but he started getting a foul odor coming from it. it stained he clothes. One day i think he scratched it while taking a shower and it made a open wound on below the the surgical scar. the area around the the scar was swollen so when i pressed it, it started producing a greenish thick liquid that had a foul odor. this was about a week ago. i cleaned it with robbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide and but antibiotics ointment on it twice a day till it healed (or so i thought). when he came home today, i could smell the odor. when i went to check the wound, it didn't look swollen but i pressed the area any way and liquid just started gushing and squirting out. it wasn't thick like before but it kept coming and didn't stop for a while. when it stopped, i cleaned it like usual and bandaged it up.
    Does he need another surgery or is antibiotics gonna cure it? Can he go to a regular doctor or does he need to see a dermatologist? Should he just go to the emergency room?

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend that he be seen by a surgeon. Based on what you wrote, there are several possibilities. There are cysts below the skin (sebaceous cysts) that can become infected and then they drain pus and a cheesey material. These will recur unless they are removed completely. Another possibility is that this is a skin cancer and what you are describing is some ulceration from it. Regardless, using topical antibiotics will only reduce the infection if there is any but it will do very little for the wound itself. Better to have it evaluated and removed completely so this problem does not persist. A dermatologist, a surgeon or a wound care specialist can all take care of this type of situation.

  13. QUESTION:
    I have been using an antibiotic ointment for a bad knee injury but the wound became infected later.?
    I took a single dose antibiotic yesterday then washed my wound today with boiled guava decoction. Should I stop the topical ointment and just wait for the oral dose to work? A whitish film has developed on the wound and an occasional pus.
    ***
    thanks etsuya, that is comforting. as i understand you, i can then discontinue the topical ointment?
    as for the oral antibiotic, it was zmax which is taken as a single dose, slow release for ten day. pretty strong med but i panicked :-)

    • ANSWER:
      You should never start an antibiotic and then stop it, you need to take it until the end. A wound can develop slough( the white stuff which is dead tissue and cells) and not be infected. The pus may just be the wound draining out the old tissue and dead cells, which is good because you don't want it to stay in the wound. As long as it does not have an odor to it or an odd color.
      Maybe disregard the topical treatment (was it a docs order) and continue with the oral dose.
      In my experience as a nurse we only clean wounds with Saline (Salt Water) and then put a very clean or sterile dressing on it to wick away drainage (in your case you could use some gauze) Sometimes wounds have to get worse before they get better....
      I do have the mind set that you just had this knee injury and are just starting treatments to care for it??.... I may be wrong though, it's just the way I read your post. I hope I could be of some help.

  14. QUESTION:
    To anyone who has gotten a tattoo?
    I got my tattoo on my wrist touched up on October 1st, and it's all healed now and fine.
    but i was wondering, call me crazy it's allright, if your tattoo ever had a smell to it?
    I was told to clean it with ivory liquid soap and then a&d ointment with plastic wrap.
    I don't know if it was because I maybe didn't wash the soap off all the way or something?
    I kid you not, it smelt like wet dog.

    And the guy did the whole thing over again. I have never had anything itch so bad before. It was terrible. lol. and do you think it itched so bad because it had already been done once before?

    anything helps.
    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      yeah, mine usually smells, lol. a tattoo is a wound, so there'll be an odor. plus, i think a&d kind of smells, i use that, too. don't re-wrap your tattoo in plastic wrap though, if you sweat, that could cause a problem and add to the smell.

      i got a heart on my arm filled in with red and it smelled awful, i called the shop to make sure it's ok, and they said sometimes that's just the way skin reacts but if it's healing fine, you'll be ok. as for having it redone, idk, sorry. i've never had that experience. maybe give them a call or stop by again and just have someone look at it/smell it in person to confirm it for you so you have some peace of mind. good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    please help, my rat has hurt her tail!?
    HI,
    basically, i just let my girl rats out of their cage (i have 6), and then went off for a bath
    when i came back, i went to their favourite corner and picked up one of my girls and imediatley saw blood on her tail - she had a little cut on it. I wasnt too worried as it was only small and had stop bleeding and everything.
    But then one of my other girls climbed onto my lap so i cuddled her and noticed she had blood on her tail too. When i looked closer, she has sliced through her tail so that i could see the white of the bone and the tip has gone blue, but is still hanging on. It has stopped bleeding and she shows no signs of being in pain or anything, it doesnt seem to bother her, even when i touch it.
    I have no idea where shes done it, all i can think of is that shes either got into a fight with one of the other rats, or she has got it stuck in the door of her cage as i leave it open so they can get to their drink.
    Me and my brother have literally turned my bedroom upside down to find anything sharp or that could of caused her to hurt herself.

    What should i do? Do i take her to the vet or will it heal by itself? Is their anything i can put on her tail to prevent infection? I think that she will loose the end of her tail as its blue and dead - the slice is about an inch from the tip of her tail.

    Any advice is much appreciated as im proper panicing, i actually feel sick, i cant bare to think about how much pain she might be in - i dont even know if it does hurt her!
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If its superficial, it should heal over as long as you clean it for her a few times a day with saline solution or betadine diluted equal parts, but never peroxide as it can damage the delicate tissues and it does burn as we both know. Neosporin or generic antibiotic ointment with pain relief is ok to use too, also putting that on at least 3 to 4 times a day. Keep her cage free from litter that may get in the tail and put the litter in a shoe box if she isn't litter trained, this may be the perfect time to start. Lift up the litter from the bottom of the cage and put down fleece or other fabric that doesn't fray and shred. You can use newspaper (soy ink only which I do believe most newspapers are soy based now days) keep litter only in a shoebox or other container. She will more than likely use it readily by instinct. The litter may stick to the sore on the tail. How big would you say it is? Pinkie fingernail size or smaller? Is it bleeding? Is it discolored?
      If the area has any foul odor or starts to turn necrotic (black or bluish) she will need a vet, but if its superficial wound, following the treatment I suggested above. Do you have a vet that is skilled with rats?

  16. QUESTION:
    plant uses?
    i need help on some homework i need to 10 plant usages
    i got 5 already so i need 5 plant uses
    this is grade 7 homework so any one in grade 7 and up can answer

    • ANSWER:
      aloe plant for burns
      SPICY GLOVE-small globe shaped ornamental type. Culinary. Protect from leaf miners in fall. Use sticky bars to trap.

      SWEET BASIL - Most common, easy to grow. Large glossy green leaves. Anise flavored. Great for pestos. The most popular and a favorite of all good cooks. A must for good basil vinegars. Used primarily in seasoning spaghetti sauces, stews, soups and many other dishes.

      PURPLE RUFFLES - easy to grow, not used too much in cooking, however, great for adding a couple of leaves to the sweet basil in making vinegars, to give it a champagne pink color.

      MEXICAN SPICE - Excellent in cooking and making vinegars-pungent flavor, stems dry beautifully - great for dried arrangements, tussie mussies, potpourris and great just to walk into the garden and run your hand over-makes your day.

      CINNAMON - Excellent in cookies, cakes, and another one to add to arrangements, green or dried just for adding aroma. A favorite.
      BAY LAURES (Perennial)

      A marvelous plant that can be grown in a large container. If planted in the ground it could reach a height of 40 ft. but, you can control its height in a pot. It can freeze, most particularly during the extreme low wind chill days. The cold winter winds can be devastating. Plant in a large pot, make it convenient to bring in, in the winter. Place outside in the spring. Fresh bay leaves are hard to beat, especially when used in butters and spreads.

      CATNIP (Perennial)

      Makes a soothing and sleep-inducing tea. Can be sewn in sachets or pillows to create a "sleep pillow". Cats love it. They will wallow in the bed where it grows. If this bugs you, you can plant some in a hanging basket. It will cascade and have blue blooms, when it matures

      CHAMOMILE (Annual)

      GERMAN-Considered an annual - however can be taken into the greenhouse and carried over the winter in more southern localities. The flowers are used as a tea. It is used in ointments and salves and the tea calms, soothes, and gives relief for spasms and cramps. It will grow to 18" in full sun to part shade. Like catnip it can also be made into a "sleep pillow".

      ROMAN - Low growing 6-9 inches, with tall flower stalks, makes a nice ground cover. Releases a pleasing odor when walked on, for which it was used historically.

      CHERVIL - (Annual)
      An annual, which likes the cooler weather. Excellent for seasoning egg dishes. Use the delicate white flowers in flower arrangement.

      CHIVES - (Perennial)

      ONION Used in many dishes - such as spreads, butters, baked potatoes, soups, stews and more. The flowers are lavender, used in salads. Chives can be blended in water and used as an insect repellent or grown among plants that may harbor unpleasant insects. Chives, garlic, onions and leeks make excellent repellents.

      GARLIC - Has a delicate garlic flavor - when dried will not hold its flavor as well as the onion chive, but is great in the same manner as a fresh addition to foods. Its flower is white and also can be eaten, add to salads. Flowers of both chives can be floated on punch bowls.
      When trimming tops of chives, cut them about 1/2 inch from the ground. It will then produce new growth. These need to be propagated by root division in about 3 years. A must in every garden.
      COMFREY (Perennial)

      The Indians refer to this plant as 'boneknit'. It is believed to mend broken bones, relieve sore muscles and stop bleeding, by using it in the form of a compress. It is now used in face creams, which is said to clear certain skin problems, such as acne and brown spots. This plant is propagated from root division (cutting). It can be slightly invasive, but makes a beautiful blue flower that can be used in arrangements.

      CONE FLOWER (Echinacea purpurea - Perennial)

      Has a beautiful pink daisy like flower-excellent for cutting flower, is a hardy perennial. An extract of the root is believed to enhance the immune system, cleanse the block and slow the aging process. Grows to 3' in height and in full sun to evening shade.

      CORIANDER - (Annual)

      Also known as Chinese parsley, an annual used in latin dishes such as salsa, can be blended into a pesto for later use for butters, spreads and many other cooked foods. It likes full sun, but does not like the summer heat, which causes it to bolt quickly and go to seed.

      CILANTRO - (Annual)

      An excellent substitute for Coriander, this tender plant will freeze back, has an excellent flavor and has an even stronger flavor. Keep the prickly green flowers cut off; use the flower spike in stir frying, chopped like a scallion. Grow in full sun to part shade and once established, it's tough.

      DILL - (Annual)

      Dillweed (the leaves) is a favorite for many dishes. The seeds are used in pickling and vinegars. Cool weather plant. Harvest the outside leaves. Best seeded direct into the soil to prevent early bolting.

      FENNEL- (Annual - will winter over if protected - in southern area.)

      BRONZE - Beautiful in your garden due to the outstanding color; is great in soups, fish or chopped in salad. Grows to 4' annual.

      FLORENCE - Often grown for its seed or bulbs, it is an annual. Grows to 3' tall in full sun with lots of water. The yellow flowers can be dried for arrangements. There are many good recipes for using the bulbs.

      GARLIC - (Annual)

      SILVER SKIN- small bulbs are excellent in cooking, alae considered an excellent source for different health reasons. An annual which must be planted in the fall - September - October and will mature in the months of June - July in our area. Excellent for all types of dishes.

      ELEPHANT - Produces a very large head with big cloves, likes moist conditions and needs time for development as does the Silver skin. It is a favorite, because It's size makes it easier to chop, just doubling the amount called for in recipes as it is much milder than the smaller types. It will be 8 times larger than the smaller ones. Great to plant near roses and other plants that are prone to be bothered with aphids or white flies.

      GERANIUMS - Scented - (Perennial - needs winter protection)
      Lemon Rose, Rose, Peppermint, Snowflake, Peach, Apple, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemon-Lime, Lime, Chocolate and many others. Are used as an excellent addition to cookies, cakes, teas and other desserts, in addition to being used in oils, vinegars and potpourris.

      HOREHOUND - (Perennial)

      Once used extensively in medicines. Grows to 3'. Is a hardy perennial. Makes a great addition to the herb garden. Used in making of cough drops, cough syrups and candies.

      LAMBS EARS - (Perennial)

      Grown for an ornamental, a good edging plant for the herb garden, needs part shade.

      LAVENDER - (Perennial)

      ENGLISH - Grows to 2 ft. is bushy, full and seems easier to grow than the French.Cannot tolerate extreme heat, so protect from the evening sun, and you may save it. Used in perfumes, sachets, all types of cosmetics, and can be used for making breads, syrups and honeys. Rub on insect bites to ease pain and promote healing.

      FRENCH - Not as robust as the English, can grow to 2 ft., has smaller serrated leaves. All lavenders are used in potpourris, bath salts, sachets and many cosmetics.

      LEMON BALM - (Perennial)
      A hardy perennial in our area, can be invasive, but not so much that you can't handle it. It can be considered a friendship plant, as it has so many qualities and uses, anyone would be happy to have a starter plant. It can be propagated from the separation of root system as well. It makes a wonderful tea, is used in many dishes calling for a lemon flavor, such as breads, cookies and others.

      LEMON GRASS - (Perennial - must be winter protected)

      A relative of the Pampas Grass, not as dangerous to handle, grows to 4 ft. The strongest lemon flavor is in the lower end of the stem (small bulb) section. Makes a great tea, also a substitute for lemon in foods such as sauces and etc., harvest the stem right down to the ground level and chop like a scallion. Grows from full sun to part shade. Produces the most lemon oil that is used in many household products as well as used as a culinary herb. The tops will burn during a freeze, the entire plant needs to be mulched and protected from freezes.

      LEMON MINT - (Perennial)

      Another great lemon flavor, especially in teas. An annual that will grow to 3 ft. Grow in full sun, very showy

      LEMON VERBENA - (Perennial)

      The strongest of the lemon herbs, grows to 8 ft. with beautiful lavender flowers. Does best when cut back to control sprawly growth. Is excellent used in teas, dried for later uses in teas, cakes and cookies. Protect from bitter cold winters.

      LOVAGE - (Biennial)

      A great salad or soup herb. A biennial such as is the parsley, does like a lot of water. Likes sun to part shade. Does need protection in winter months. Used like celery in many dishes.

      MARJORAM - (Annual - can winter over in greenhouse)

      Sweet - a mild oregano - every cook needs one in their herb bed or window box. Used in many meat and vegetable dishes. Grows from 6-9 inches. Needs full sun and moderate water.

      MINT - (Perennial)

      Apple, Chocolate, Corsican, ENGLISH, Lemon-Lime, Lime, Orange, Peppermint, Pineapple, Spearmint, and Wintergreen, to name a few. There are many types of mints and many uses. It is invasive, but can be contained by planting in large pots or encircling the desired area with a metal trim placed in the ground, below the root system depth. Likes moist soil and will grow well in sun or shade. Keep the plant well trimmed, and if you remove some of the root growth, replace the soil to keep the plant healthy.

      OREGANO - (Perennial)

      Italian - Relative to the Marjoram - stronger, used in many dishes - ITALIAN foods - Latin foods and many more. A must. A perennial that needs some protection in winter.

      Mexican - Used in the same manner as all other oreganos, especially in Latin foods. A nice plant to put in a large pot, protect from extreme heat and cold.

      PARSLEYS

      ITALIAN - Large flat leaf. Great for chopping for making pestos and dishes of all sorts. Used in many foods, salads, spreads, butters, meats and vegetables.

      CURLY LEAF- A beautiful plant in the herb garden, very hardy,
      wonderful in all dishes.
      All Parsleys are biennials, some get very large. Use the very bottom leaves first for cooking. Parsley is a great source of iron, magnesium, and iodine. You can grow both kinds in full sun to part shade.

      PATCHOULI (Perennial)
      Native to India, great-smelling, tender perennial will not tolerate dry conditions or much cold. Should winter over in greenhouse. Used in cologne and perfumes, the smell is distinctive and very pleasing. Used in sachets or potpourris using the stems, leaves and flowers. Reaches 4 ft.

      PENNYROYAL - (Perennial

      An excellent flea and mosquito repellent, this is a strong smelling mint, and easily grown as a ground cover. Makes an excellent hanging basket or pot herb, but needs the rootball trimmed back and new soil added several times a year. Planted around pet quarters will repel fleas. Rubbing pest with fresh Pennyroyal works great.

      PEPPERS - (Annual)

       Chili, Jalapeno, Serrano and many others are wonderful plants to add to the herb garden, as is one of your important spices to have on hand and used sparingly. Serranos are excellent and a compliment to vinegars.

      ROSEMARY - (Perennial)

      There are many Rosemarys - the Prostrate which is a low growing, sprawling plant reaching 2-3 ft in height. Growing in large clay pots in our area is recommended, so they may be brought in during freezing weather.

      The upright types can get quite large - up to 6-8 ft. and get full when trimmed periodically. Some of the uprights are more cold hardy, such as the Arp. All need some winter protection and do well if planted more in an enclosure and protected from low chill factor. The bitter cold winds do the most damage. An excellent culinary herb, used in many vegetable dishes, teas and baked goods. It is excellent on baked chicken.

      Pine Scent Rosemary is an upright type that has a strong pine aroma, is used in many arrangements at yuletime.

      RUE - (Perennial)

      A hardy perennial growing to 2 ft. bluish gray foliage and yellow button flowers. Used as an insect repellent. Can cause a rash on some people, especially during the sunny part of the day.

      SAGE - (Perennial)

      GARDEN SAGE - One of the Mediterranean herbs, that does not like to be in soggy soil. Best to let near dry out before watering. Key ingredient in soups, stews and poultry stuffings. If you ever use the fresh, you won't want to go back to the ground store bought type.

      PINEAPPLE- A favorite for appearance and flavor. Grows to 4 ft. has lush green leaves and red flowers that are attracted to hummingbirds and butterflies. You can use the leaves in teas and where you may want a pineapple flavor such as in baked goods, also the flowers are pretty floated on top of punch bowls.

      PURPLE- has light reddish, purple leaves. Dries beautifully.

      TRICOLOR - variegated leaves of white, purple and green. Use as garden sage.

      SORRELL- Perennial)
      A hardy perennial growing to 18" tall in full sun. A great salad herb, has a lemony flavor when using the young leaves raw. The older leaves can be cooked as greens. It is excellent made into a soup.

      SWEET ANNIE - (Annual)

      Grows to 5 ft., is an excellent dried arrangements, wreaths and in potpourri. Has an excellent aroma. Grows in full sun with moderate water.

      TANSY - (Perennial)

      Unique for its fern-like foliage and yellow button flowers, which are great for drying. A hardy perennial which grows to 3 ft. Grow in full sun. An excellent flea repellent. Plant near pet areas, works great.

      TARRAGON - (Perennial)

      
      MEXICAN - Grown as a substitute for true tarragon. Will survive our winters if heavily mulched or covered during extreme cold times. Has an excellent anise aroma and can be used in many dishes, and vinegars. Has small marigold flowers, however, foliage loses its flavor during blooming period. Very hardy in our area with care.
      

      TRUE TARRAGON
      Does not do well in our humid climate. If you try growing it, make sure you don't let it become too wet, too long. When planting, fill the pot about 1/3 full of chard or pea gravel before adding soil, and water only when it becomes dry. In lieu of True Tarragon, u


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Wound Ointment For Horses

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to treat a leg wound on a horse?
    We have a horse that has a wide cut right above her leg at the top, near her chest. How do you treat that?

    • ANSWER:
      Disinfect it and clean it out carefully. I know there are some ointments you can put on it if its not too deep. If its deep enough where it needs stitches, than get a vet.

  2. QUESTION:
    How to stop dog messing with open wound on leg?
    My collie has an scratch on her leg and she won't stop licking it and chewing it. We have fleas ( Which are currently being treated for ) and they are making her make it worse.

    What can I put on her wound that won't hurt but will stop her from licking it?

    The vet wrapped it and she got the bandage off as soon as we got home. We tried the dog cone and our other dog chewed it off her. We can't separate the dogs because we have no where else to put our younger one because she is a fence jumper and also a whiner when she isn't with her 'big sister'

    She's on medication for the leg but with the licking it'll never heal and I'm worried about infection. The vet is also at a loss, we can't put her on tranquilizers because once again she's with another dog and they do play rough sometimes and I don't want her getting hurt.
    I can't seperate the dogs. My Rotterman will literatly BARK and HOWL and cry if she cannot see our collie. We've had animal control complaints already made because we tried to crate both dogs and our Rotterman wouldn't stop howling.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog got a puncture wound in his leg 10 days ago. He left it alone besides licking for a short time once a day. If a dog licks excessively, that means it's not being treated as effectively as it could be imho.

      I used alcohol free witch hazel and aloe to clean the wound (3x a day at first, then once a day) I took a cotton ball and soaked it in the witch hazel/aloe and gently soaked and wiped the wound. After that I put Pal Dog boo boo gel on. The first 2 days I used an antibiotic ointment (like neosporin) also. I didn't wrap it although the vet originally shaved the fur and taped gauze over the wound.

      The Pal Dog ingredients are
      organic aloe vera, organic calendula extract, organic safflower seed oil, witch hazel, castor oil, allantoin, lavender oil, carrageenan extract, alba leaf extract, organic arnica, St. Johns wort, fennel and horse chestnut extracts; and Bach Rescue Remedy

      So if you were to just get either calendula or lavender oil, and add aloe (from the plant, powder, gel or liquid) you can keep the wound from being infected and help it feel better.

      The vet didn't even give my dog antibiotics and it was a deep puncture wound from a stick that was stuck in the snow/ice and the wound stayed healthy pink and not as irritated. He was on pain meds for the first couple days though.

      Yes the fleas can be making the dog's whole body feel worse and the dog more irritated. I guess you are treating them with something like comfortis? Essential oils (like lavender) will help repel the fleas too. Make sure to treat the dog's bedding.

      At some point in their life, your two dogs are going to have to be separated. So I would start getting them used to it.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use horse liniment on on a cat?
    My poor cat has scratched his neck raw. I cleaned the wound and put a&e ointment on it until morning, when I can get to Petsmart. A friend of mine suggested horse liniment. Is it safe for other animals? He is 13 & getting on in years so I would like to be cautious with what I use on my buddy. Any product suggestions? I prefer all natural products, if possible. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Before you can treat it appropriately, you have to know what's going on. It could be food or flea allergy, a fungal infection, stress, or any number of other things. You need to have the vet examine and properly diagnose him so you can start getting him well.

  4. QUESTION:
    How much money is it to board a horse?
    I want a horse so I need to keep it in a stable.How much do you think that might be?

    • ANSWER:
      ****Monthly board fees****
      feed--
      hay--
      shavings/straw--
      ^^Self care board--0 varies from place2place =)
      Full Board-- 350 (the usual around here)
      **Monthly Totals**
      Self Care-- 0
      Full Board-- 0

      ****Bi-monthly regular fees****
      Dewormer-- ((on average))
      Farrier-- ((25 trim & shoes-usually))
      **Total Bi-monthly**
      .00

      ****Yearly care****
      Dental--
      Coggins Test--
      Rabies--
      Strangles-
      **yearly care total**
      5.00

      ****Supplements****
      anywhere from .00--.00((smartpak))
      **sumplements per month**
      depends on what you get//how many things//how many horses

      ****Bi-anually****
      Vet callout--
      West nile--
      5-way-shot--
      **total**
      .00

      ****Overall costs for boarding/care****
      self-- 7//month
      full-- 7//month
      yearly ,058

      ****Equimptement****
      ^^handeling^^
      Halter--
      Spare halter--
      Lead rope--
      Spare lead--
      TOTAL--

      ^^Riding^^
      Helmet--
      Boots--
      Saddle-- from 0-,500
      Fillis Stirrups--
      Stirrup pads--
      Stirrup Leathers-- and up
      Girth-- 25
      Saddle pad--
      Spare pad--
      Bridle-- and up
      Bit-- and up
      Reins-- and up
      TOTAL-- 0
      ^^Boots^^
      Front Boots--
      Back Boots--
      Bell boots--
      TOTAL--
      ^^Shipping^^
      Boots--
      Head bumper--
      TOTAL--

      ****First Aid kit****
      Twitch in case he needs it to clean a wound etc.--
      thermometer--
      Stethoscope--
      Iodine--
      Peroxide-- @ drugstores
      Corona Ointment--
      Wonder Dust--
      Swat Fly Spray--
      Liniment--
      Non stick guaze pads--
      Standing bandages--
      Standing wraps--
      Vet Wrap-- ( each)
      Duct tape--
      Soaking Boots--
      Epsome salts--
      Large Syringe--
      Gatorade powder--
      Mylanta--
      Disposable needles--
      Small Syringes--
      Banamine--
      Bute--
      penicillian-- and refridgerate
      Eponephrine-- refridgerate

      These are IMPORTANT fees! It takes alot more than buying a horse and keeping it at a stable. Horses are VERY expensive!! Just keep that in mind when looking at barns and horses. =)
      *Hope I've helped*
      Emily

  5. QUESTION:
    What can I do for my horses injured leg?
    When my horse was tethered out in this open area of grass at my house she got her back left leg caught in the tether line that she was tied to and in the soft area right above her hoof is cut and I need to know what to put on it to relive th pain and to keep it form getting infected. We put some scarlet oil on it but she didn't like it I think it stung. Does scarlet oil help it or not? Please help me Today she is a bit lame on the foot she hurt!

    • ANSWER:
      With an injury in this location the vet should come and treat it. You can end up with serious complications if it isn't managed well right from the start. Don't put any more scarlet oil on it. If you have sterile saline, use it to flush the cut well. The saline won't irritate, and will inhibit infection. If you don't have any, you can get it at any drugstore. If you have a tractor or farm supply store nearby, get an ointment called EMT which will soothe the pain and help the healing tissue to form. It also will not interfere with anything the vet may decide to do. If it needs to be covered to keep it clean, use non stick sterile gauze against the wound, and wrap over that with whatever you have. The vet may give a tetanus and antibiotics, depending on his/her assessment of the wound.

  6. QUESTION:
    What topical wound care product do you like best?
    I'm looking for a cream-like or gel ointment to put on cuts and scrapes on my horse. I'd like it to be antiseptic/antibiotic (honestly I'm not sure the practical difference between the two) and able to stay on relatively well in a pasture setting. What do you personally use or like best?

    • ANSWER:
      The research on wound treatment has led to recommendations that don't include use of most antibiotic ointments since they produce an immune rejection response that slows healing. The first response should be to flush any new wound with 0.9% sterile saline which you can buy at any drug store. The salt in saline dehydrates and kills bacteria, and the flushing debrides the wound and also drowns other microbes. This solution is isotonic, meaning it is balanced with body fluids and won't
      kill healthy cells needed for healing the way harsh chemicals like iodine or hydrogen peroxide do. When healthy calls are killed, they become food for bacteria and encourage infection, and slow the healing process.

      I prefer EMT ointment which is a collagen gel that adheres well, seals off sensory nerve ends to kill pain and itching, and seals out insects and debris. It is amazing for wounds and for lesions like rain rot and mud fever. Farnam also has a water based gel called hydrogel that is supposed to be very good, but I haven't used it myself yet. EMT can be found online or at tractor and farm supply stores.
      Either will speed healing and prevent proud flesh and scarring.
      The initial saline rinse is the most important treatment. You can use a syringe or squeeze bottle and use moderate pressure to do the flush.

  7. QUESTION:
    Horse has weeping cut best way to treat it?
    Our horse has a 1 inch cut on his leg near his hoof-it is not very deep I have been flushing it with saline solution per our horse trainers advise-but today I noticed it is weeping a light yellow color. I don't want it to get worse what it the best thing to put on it? Should I wrap it?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't wrap it. If the weeping yellow fluid is thin and watery, and not pus, it is just serous fluid being squeezed out of the wound as it contracts...a good thing. Saline flushes are the best way to debride the wound, and I highly recommend an ointment called EMT to promote healing. It will adhere well, inhibit infection, reduce itching and pain, and it is a collagen gel which supports establishment of new tissue. You can buy it online, or at tractor or farm supply stores.
      Don't use any chemicals like wound powders, iodine or hydrogen peroxide. These destroy the fibroblasts needed for healing and encourage development of proud flesh. You can use cotton pads (I use the flat ones for makeup removal) to dry the wound after flushing with saline before applying the EMT. If any sign of lameness develops, call the vet.

  8. QUESTION:
    What should I put on my horse first aid kit?
    I'm starting a first aid kit for my horse...
    I've seen many places where people say to add diapers to the list; what are horse diapers???
    Also, what would you recommend I add to my first aid list?

    • ANSWER:
      1. 0.9% isotonic sterile saline.....the best wound treatment for any open wound is a flush with saline. Using about 15 lbs of pressure (moderate), and a syringe or squeeze bottle, a wound is flushed thoroughly. This debrides the wound, the salt dehydrates bacteria, killing it, and the flush also drowns additional microbes. Saline is balanced with body fluids. It won't swell healthy cells (which kills them), and doesn't destroy healthy tissue needed for healing.

      Povidone Iodine, hydrogen peroxide, wound powders, and other harsh chemical compounds and solutions all are cytotoxic, meaning they destroy healthy cells. These cells become food for bacteria and encourage infection. By slowing healing, they encourage proud flesh. These are no longer recommended to use on any open or healing wounds.
      Sterile saline is also safe to use as an eyewash.

      2. Hydrogel or EMT ointment, or both.....antibiotic creams and oil based ointments are not recommended for wound treatment. They produce an immune rejection response which delays healing. They also create an alkaline environment that encourages fungal infection of the wound.
      EMT is a collagen gel that adheres well, promotes healing, and prevents proud flesh. Hydrogel does the virtually the same. Both reduce scar tissue formation. Both keep the wound moist which is essential to healing. The collagen gel is also great for lesions such as scratches or others.

      3. Kling bandage wrap for wrapping areas where vetwrap is too rigid, such as hocks. Elastikon tape to secure bandage wraps. Sterile gauze, both non-stick and fiber types. Use non-stick for most wounds, and the fiber gauze for wounds that require debriding when the dressing is removed.

      4. Cotton balls, cotton pads (like makeup removal pads), and sterile cotton gauze for drying and debriding lesions and scabs, cleaning around wounds, etc.

      Are you sure people don't mean to add infant disposable diapers, which can be used to make hoof poultices? I always have them on hand.
      It looks like everything else is already listed here in other answers.

      Add.....one more thing. I use K-Y jelly for sheath cleaning, and it is better to use K-Y as a lubricant for a rectal thermometer than vaseline, since K-Y is water soluble.
      But the original formula. We use it for all lubricant applications as nurses, and it is good to have on hand.

  9. QUESTION:
    What can I do if my horse consistently rubs his hocks?
    My horse rubs his hocks raw when he lies down. We tried to use hock boots, but he would always take them off. I am now bandaging his hocks, but does anyone know of any other solution? Or miracle wound cream?
    He did get bursitis, or a "capped hock" on one of his hocks, and we treated it and got all of the swelling almost completely down. I have treating the raw areas on his hocks twice per day with different wound creams.
    I already have rubber mats installed in the stall.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several parts to this question, and several possible answers!

      1) Wraps- you can try wraps specifically for this purpose, like these: http://www.doversaddlery.com/hock-boot/p/X1-0498/cn/1640/ . This might be what you already have, but they would probably stay on better than wrapping daily with vetrap or gauze, but those methods are described here: http://www.myequinenetwork.com/News/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/51/Applying-Hock-Bandages.aspx , http://www.horseadvice.com/horse/messages/4/141346.html . To keep him from removing them, you can cover the "seams" with elasticon, porous tape, or even duct tape (being careful not to apply it too tightly). Another option is to spray something like McNasty over the completed bandage so that he's not tempted to bite or pick at it- http://www.arcatapet.com/item.cfm?cat=12314 . That stuff is good because it doesn't stink, it just has a very peppery taste/sensation if you get it in your eyes/nose/mouth.

      2) Bedding/environment- if he's turned out at night or with other horses, he won't lie down as much. If that's not an option, just try to keep his stall so that there is a soft "bed" area that is separate from where his hay and manure areas are. Bank it up with shavings, have a soft base if possible (something like Stall Skins http://www.stallskins.com/stallskins.html , recycled rubber crumblings, etc), and just try to keep it so that he isn't rubbing his hocks on hard dirt or even rubber mats.

      3) Creams- I'm a fan of Corona ointment http://www.summitinds.com/product/corona-products/corona-ointment-7-oz-tube.html for stuff like this. It'll keep the sores from getting dry, cracked, and raw, and it's so goopy that it lasts a long time under dressings. It also has antiseptic properties, although you could always combine it with a more traditional topical like something with nitrofurazone (Furall http://www.kyhorse.com/store/health/wound/furall.htm, Furazone http://www.kyhorse.com/store/health/wound/furazone.htm, etc) or scarlett oil, triple antibiotic, etc. I also like MTG for hair growth http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?PGGUID=2FD984B6-F5AC-4323-A639-1D059477370F.

      Simply rubbing and scraping the hocks is not the same as having "capped hocks"- the latter is when there is a fluid-filled distension under the skin. It can be a result of trauma like constant rubbing and scratching the hock on hard ground, but they are two different things. More info: http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=526

      Good luck with him, and even though it can be unsightly, you have to decide how much time, money, and energy need to be put into trying to heal them up.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I treat a burn on a horse?
    Hello, what would the basic first aid steps for treating a burn on a horse? Either a minor burn or a severe burn? Thank-you!

    • ANSWER:
      Minor burns should be kept clean and treated with furazone ointment. Major burns need veterinarian attention.

      One of the dangers in burns is lose of fluids, especially if the burn involves over 10 % of the horses body. Severe burns can lead to shock. Your vet may have to administer IV fluids. You can cover your horse with a wet sheet or towels to prevent fluid lose.

      All wounds heal in one of two ways, by primary intention or granulation.

      When the edges of a wound heal together with little or no infection or scaring that is called primary intention. This is the way we want wounds to heal.

      The less desirable healing is granulation, or "proud flesh". This is when small masses of tissue form in the wound. This tissue is made up of capillaries and connective tissue cells. This type of healing usually occurs when there is a lot of tissue damage in the wound, the wound becomes infected, or a harsh antiseptic is used on the wound such as iodine. There are several products on the market for treating proud flesh, and if caught early these work. I severe cases the vet sometimes will remove the tissue surgically.

      The primary first aid for treating a serious wound is stopping the bleeding. Use a pressure bandage or hold a towel tightly against the wound, until the vet arrives. Never use a harsh medicine on any wound. Your vet will tell you it is important to keep the wound clean and free of flies.

      Bandaging will help keep the wound clean and free of insects. The bandage should never be left on longer than twenty-four hours at a time. Remove daily and examine the wound for swelling and infection. Keep the bandage dry and do not wrap it to tight. Using a thick padding of cotton sheeting will help prevent the bandage from inhibiting circulation to the wound.

      In the case of an eye wound always call the veterinarian immediately.

      You can treat most minor wounds yourself. They should heal within ten days. More serious wounds will take longer and need veterinarian attention.

  11. QUESTION:
    What supplies should I have in my eqine first aid kit?
    I want to have everything I might need for someone else's horse, at a show, or just in general. What should I put it all in to keep it steriel (SP) and clean?

    • ANSWER:
      Supply of conforming bandages, which mould to the shape of the limb, either 4 or 5 inch (7.5 or 10cm)
      Self-adhesive bandages to keep dressings in place, ex: Vet-wrap
      Proprietary hock and knee bandages, shaped to the joint
      Supply of sterile, non-stick gauze dressings, ex: melolin
      Poultice dressing for use wet or dry, ex: animalintex
      Scissors
      Thermometer
      Stethoscope
      Sticky-backed tape (not safety pins), for anchoring bandages
      Antibiotic spray or wound dressing powder
      Antiseptic ointment
      Antiseptic cleansing liquid, for dilution to clean wounds
      Cotton wool
      Latex Gloves
      A clean bucket, not used for feeding or other purposes
      Syringe 2oz or 60cc for flushing wounds
      Veterinary equine emergency manual
      STAY CALM don't panic keep your cool
      Prayers never hurt either

  12. QUESTION:
    What should I keep in a first aid kit for a horse?
    A recommended first aid kit for a horse includes:
    elastic pressure bandages, cotton padding, gauze pads, a liquid would cleanser, antibiotic ointment, a drawing salve, and scissors.

    Could someone please explain how to use each individual item in this, or if you have a different first aid kit you use, could you tell me what sort of stuff is in your first aid kit, and how you use it?

    • ANSWER:
      The pressure bandages and cotton padding go together. If a horse is wounded on the lower part of their leg, or if they get a tendon injury your vet may suggest wrapping it. The cotton gets wrapped loosely around the leg and the elastic pressure bandage is wrapped firmly (but not tightly) around the padding. The best thing you can do is to get a friend or trainer to show you how to wrap a horse's leg before you ever NEED to. Bandaging can lead to more problems if it isn't done properly. The scissors are sometimes necessary to cut the bandages off, especially if you're using disposable bandages (such as vetrap).

      A "liquid cleanser" refers to something like Betadine or a similar antibiotic that is used to rinse out a wound. Antibiotic ointment and gauze pads are self explanatory. . . I think the "drawing salve" refers to a poultice. It is a clay-like substance that can be smeared on a swollen limb or joint. You then wrap the poultice in damp paper and bandage over it. The poultice helps to "draw out" and reduce the swelling.

      You should also have a thermometer (and vasoline to lubricate the thermometer) and epson salts (used to draw out an abcess when mixed with water).

      I've owned horses for nearly 15 years and these are the items that I have and use. You can get other items, but I don't think you'll need them (or at least need them before they expire - it's better to get anything else as it becomes necessary)

  13. QUESTION:
    What can I do about an open wound for another two weeks?
    Two days ago, my gelding cut his pastern. It cut about an inch above the hoof and is a bit less then an inch going down just before the hoof starts. It's about a half centimeter thick (the skin that's hanging off) thus a half centimeter deep. The excess skin is too thick and to attached to just remove and I neither have the knowledge nor the tools to stitch it up. The vet is booked for about two week (give or take a couple days) so I'm basically on my own with this one. I clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide twice a day (morning and night) and put Corona cream/ointment in the wound after the peroxide. I put cotton balls over the wound to help keep it closed and then wrap it with vet wrap. I change the cotton balls and vet wrap three times a day. What else can I do to help keep the wound clean and healing? Is the Corona cream/ointment okay to use? I wound have used fura zon but I heard that can actually help bacteria/infection to accumulate rather then prevent it. I have some other ointments, but those are not safe to wrap as it could cause burning along with other things. The corona cream didn't say any of this and says it can be used in open wounds, thus I chose it. Suggestions?
    Furazone* not fura zon
    Thank you so much everyone for your answers! I'll be calling a few different vets in the morning. I am a bit irritated at my current vet and you guys really knocked me into a bit of realization. Time for a new vet, my boy means a great deal to me. Thank you again, I really appreciate your advise!

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the other posters...time for a new vet, or at least for a new backup vet. I have my main vet, but I also have several others that I can call in a pinch. Until you get another vet, though, it sounds like you are doing a good job of keeping the wound under control. I would do basically the same thing with a few differences...

      First, when you unwrap it, I would clean it with betadine wash (the suddsy surgical scrub) rather than peroxide. The peroxide can bleach the hair and is a little caustic to the surrounding tissues to be using that regularly. I would worry about "washing" it only once per day and wrapping it once per day. The more you "fool" with it, by washing, wrapping and unwrapping, the slower it will heal. Wash it well in the morning, put on some antibacterial ointment--either furazone or a triple antibiotic ointment--and cover it with sterile gauze pads rather than cotton balls (the cotton balls will stick to the wound and can irritate, but the sterile pads won't), then wrap it with vet wrap. This should keep it safe and clean for a good 24 hour period if your horse is kept in a stall and out of the mud or rain (you want to make sure that it stays dry, that is very important).

      I'm not sure if you have this product in your area, but there is a wound care product called "Well Horse" that works EXTREMELY well for this type of wound. It is antibacterial, but also speeds up the healing process and cuts down on scarring, scar tissue and proud flesh. If you can get your hands on some of this, use it rather than the other ointments. Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    My horse has a large open sore on his withers, how can i get rid of it?
    i have tryed fura-zone, carona ointment, spary on fura-zone, and a lot of other things.
    no i havent ridden him for a month.
    sometimes it gets a thick puss that comes out.
    it is not fistuless withers i looked at the pics of that and my horses sore does not look anything like that because for starters it's pink. but thanks for trying.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you might have a poor fitting saddle. Is it a raw spot?? or is it weeping out liquid??

      ok, is it swollen and warm to the touch?, if it is it could be an abcess.

      draining of an abcess is a good thing. You want to take a warm rag, make sure it's clean, and hold it over the wound. This will help loosen the puss. If your horse will let you, squeeze it and see what all comes out. if it's thick and smelly, you've got an abcess. If thats the case, I'd call a vet. Only because you'll need antibiotics that you can't get from the store. Most likely the vet will give you something to wash the wound with and they may give you a paste antibiotic, kinda like a wormer, or they'll come out and give the horse a shot.

      You want to look around your horses pasture and see if there are any nails sticking out of wood, or any sharp pieces of wood you horse can rub on. Even tree branchs. You know how they are, if they get an itch where they can't reach, which is pretty much anywhere, they'll find a way!

      good luck!!

      fistulous withers is a pretty extreme diagnosis!! Not to mention it's very rare. I'd stick with the abcess. It's not a horrable thing, it can lead to one if it's not treated properly. But your horse will be fine. My mare got one on her hind quarters, doing who knows what. I kept it cleen and made sure it kept draining, got antibiotic and she was fine. The sore healed up in a weeks time.

  15. QUESTION:
    How Can I treat my horse's Rain Rot at home?
    From what I'm reading and being told, it seems my horse has pretty serious case of Rain Rot. Her Back has very little fur left, and her hind quarters aren't much better.
    What are my best choices in treating this ugly skin condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Rain rot and mud fever are caused by the same organism. You treat them the same way:

      Pick all the scabs off to allow the skin beneath to get oxygen and sunlight (which kills the organism).

      Wash the area with surgical scrub or something similar to clean and sanitize it.

      Use MTG http://www.mydrafthorse.com/cfwebstore/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=513,
      Microtek http://www.arcatapet.com/item.cfm?cat=12252
      or anything for mud fever http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_search_results.html all over the infected area daily. Stay away from creams and ointments that block out air and trap moisture (such as vaseline, corona, swat, furazone, etc).

      Keep the horse out of the rain until it goes away.

      Don't blanket until its gone.

      As a side note, before you pour some mouthwash, bleach, peroxide or alcohol onto an open wound on your horse, do it to yourself and see how wonderful it feels! It burns because it damages tissue. Also, horses have hair, not fur.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to heal a horse wound?
    My horse recently cut himself on the electric fence and on his stall gate. Whats the best treatment for his wounds? I'm using triple antibiotic ointment and Swat. What else is there?

    • ANSWER:
      what you are doing sounds fine. for cuts and scrapes, triple antibiotic ointment and swat work great. you didnt mention needing stitches which would require a vet.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I get my 8 year old golden retriever to stop licking her left front leg?
    my golden sustained a licking granuloma which required surgery. It's nearly all healed now ( 5 months have gone by) except for the spot where the leg and paw bend. Every time I take the plastic cone off her head, she returns to that spot and licks it, causing the wound to open up. Any suggestions on how to stop her from doing this?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get bitter apple spray at the pet store. Spray it on liberally. It tastes horrid to dogs. We have also found that Desitin (yes, the baby bottom ointment!) is very good. They hate it. But it can leave a white greasy smear on things which then has to be cleaned up....

      Either or both should help.

      One other suggestion. When you take the Elizabethan collar off her, immediately play with her to distract her. Then feed her. This will help break the habit. After feeding, spray or smear the paw and play with her again. Take her for a long walk before the feeding, if you like, as soon as you have taken the collar off her. Then feed her. Then play with her. Then spray her. By that time at least one hour will have gone by without her licking her paw. If she starts to lick again despite all that, put the collar back on. Repeat this twice a day (splitting her feeding up in half) and that will mean at least two hours a day she will be without the collar and not licking it.

      It's a really hard habit to break, but the bitter apple and/or Desitin along with a schedule that keeps her busy for an hour after the collar is off should help out a lot.

      I'll be interested to know how this works. It has worked for us with a chronic ear scratching thing when there was no reason to scratch (as per the vet). Some habits are just really hard to break!

      Question: if the paw is still that easy to open up to blood, does the vet want it bandaged at any time?

      Also, the Desitin will help it heal much faster. We have found this true with humans, dogs, and horses!

  18. QUESTION:
    How to care for wound on horse?
    Hello,
    Earlier this morning my horse spooked in the washrack, and managed to get untied and exit the rack. Her lead rope did not break free from her halter, and ended up getting tangled around her left hind leg! She has a horrible gash, and now I need to know how to care, clean, and dress it. I need to go to the store and pic up some things for the wound, so if you could give me a list that would be great! After it happened, I used what I had on hand. I rinsed the wound, soaked her leg in an Epson salt/iodine/warm water mix, let it dry, smoothed some neosporin on it, placed gauze over the cut, and bandaged it with ace vet wrap. Is that enough? Her whole leg is swelling, and around the wound feels very hot. What can I do to help with the swelling? Should I wrap the leg with polo wraps?
    Please help me! Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      On any wound that may need future treatment do not use caustic substances like Iodine, Chlorox, Peroxide.

      Flush the wound with a saline solution. Pat dry. Use Novalsan or Furacin ointment. Cover with sterile gauze, wrap vet wrap around the leg and wrap again with support wraps both on the good and bad leg.

      The horse may need a tetanus booster. Call the vet for pain, possible antibiotic and anti-inflammatory support.

      Do not hesitate to consult your vet.

  19. QUESTION:
    Equate triple antibiotic ointment on horses?
    It's an ordinary neosporin drugstore knockoff, but can I use it on small knicks and cuts on my horse? Another girl I know uses an ointment that looks just like it, but it's a different kind. It's alright if I use it? If not, I'll just go buy one at horse town.
    Okay great because horse town is really expensive. lol
    Wow seriously?? I'm gonna have to try that because I can garauntee she's gonna have a new cut tomorrow. Just about every day she gets one. Lol .

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's not a good idea, nor is putting any fats combined with sulfer suggested under home remedies.

      There has been tons of medical research on healing and wound treatment, and less is more when it comes to healing wounds.

      Go to the drugstore and get 0.9% saline solution. We know now that isotonic saline is the best treatment for open wounds. A good, moderate pressure flush with saline drowns microbes, dehydrates and kills bacteria, and debrides the wound. Because it is balanced with body fluids, it won't kill healthy tissue cells needed for healing. This cleans the wound and allows the horse's immune system to do its job correctly. If you need to protect the wound, then only water soluble ointments should be applied. These keep the wound moist to allow correct healing (never dry a wound with caustics) without bringing about immune rejection responses which impair healing.

      I prefer EMT collagen gel for open wounds. It acts as a barrier to insects and keeps the wound moist while investing deeply to block pain and itch sensations. Always flush with saline first to kill microbes and debride the wound, then apply a thin layer of EMT to the wound. If there is a lot of dirt and debris in the wound, use sterile gauze soaked in saline to remove it, and then flush again.
      Pat dry with sterile gauze if needed, and then apply the EMT.

      Infections and proud flesh are the major results of improper wound care being initiated up front. Do this right away, and repeat as needed, and you can avoid those complications. You can also use Vetericyn or Farnam hydrogel safely to keep wounds moist and promote correct healing.
      EMT is available at tractor or farm supply stores, or online.

      OTC antibiotic ointments are such low daosage that do little to no good even if they are water soluble ointments, and they can also lead to antibiotic resistance. avoid hydrogen peroxide, iodine solutions, caustic drying agents, etc. that have traditionally been used. they have all proven to actually impair healing rather that aiding it.

  20. QUESTION:
    What type of topical ointment or spray can I use on my horse?
    I just got my first horse today, and when she was in the trailer she slipped, because it was raining, and now she has a superficial wound/cut on her left rear tendon. I just used some water and tried running it down her leg to wash off some mud and stuff and she lifted up her leg, i got some water on it, but I couldn't finish it the way i wanted to. she was keeping her leg up and her ears were back, and it sort of scared me because i thought she was going to kick me. it is sort of puffy, but the person who i got the horse from, told me to go to the local farm store and get a disinfectant and healing spray to put over it. it is a superficial wound, so it's not deep or anything. i want something that won't make her feel uncomfortable or hurt. it has to keep out dirt and flies and it must be antibacterial with a healing agent that eliminates bandaging. does anyone know of something i can use? how should i know to back away from her when i am applying it, i don't want to get kicked or bit.

    • ANSWER:
      I normally would suggest Wound- Kote (A FARNAM product) but I've been using the new PRO-TECT line from Mane N Tail and it is great. I would contact your veterinarian to set up your new equines shots if she has not already gotten them. Puffiness is a sign of tetanus on a superficial wound. And for the future here are some other great products I feel that every horse owner should have-

      Aloe-Dine---it's an aloe vera and iodine scrub that is great for scrapes, scratches, and sensitive skin.
      Catron Spray----a fly repellent and antiseptic germicidal all in one. It does not sting open wounds and keeps flies from landing and laying eggs leading to infection.
      At- Ease-----a pour on feed calming agent for difficult horses or horses under stress. There are some things you can't control and that is how a horse is going to react when hurt. This agent calms the equine long enough for treatment and prevent the horse from further harming itself.

      And I always recommend having two veterinarians. This is in case your horse needs emergency attention and your regular is busy.

  21. QUESTION:
    can an Aloe Vera cream/lotion be used to prevent a horse cut from scarring?
    My horse yesterday got a few cuts from barbed wire yesterday or something, and she is for sale, so we don't want it to scar. The main cut is the size of a golf ball (in height and length) and the rest are a lot smaller. I was wondering if I rub Aloe Vera cream on the wound will it help prevent scarring? If not is there a really great kind of ointment that will make it not scar? Thank you.
    We took her to the vet, and it only just barely grazed some ligaments, so it is pretty much just skin deep.

    • ANSWER:
      how deep are the cuts? did you have to call a vet? That would be the deciding factor on what you could put on it.. I would not use aloe cream though.
      I use dynamite wound balm on my horses and it is amazing. Ive also had good luck with Shriner's wound spray.. Ask your vet what they would recommend..

  22. QUESTION:
    how do i get my horses hair to grow back over scars?
    my horse has lots of old scars and i was wondering if there is a way to get the hair to grow back.

    • ANSWER:
      When ever my horse has any type of wound I start out by using Corona ointment. This is anti bacterial and promotes hair growth. After the wound has healed I apply MTG. MTG does wonders!

  23. QUESTION:
    All the things i need when i get my horse?
    So im getting a new horse and im making a list and adding up the total on how much everything is going to be so i don't forget anything when i go shopping.
    What all do i need?
    I have most of the stuff but i want to make sure i dont forget anything.

    Also what saddle do you recommend i get for my horse?
    I do dressage, starting eventing. What brand and maybe website i can find them on?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Grooming stuff (curry comb, body brush, hoof pick, mane/tail brush, face brush)
      Fly Spray
      Bit
      Bridle
      Halter
      Lead Rope
      Saddle
      Stirrup leathers
      Stirrup pads
      Stirrups
      Girth
      Saddle pad
      Shampoo
      Sweat scraper
      Shedding comb
      Boots (If needed, it depends on the horse. I do jumping with my horse, so I use Sport boots)
      Salt block (Important because it encourages them to drink water & stay hydrated)
      Hoof Conditioner to prevent cracks
      Reins
      Fly mask
      Fly sheet (optional)
      Winter blanket
      Cooler (for the winter to cool them down after riding)'
      Wound ointment (I use Corona Ointment on my horse and i love it!)
      Treats

      If you don't have a budget for saddles, I recommend Wintec saddles. They are super good quality and not really really expensive like some of the others.
      For dressage: http://www.doversaddlery.com/product.asp?pn=X1-15631&ids=794937266
      For eventing: http://www.victorycanter.com/product.php?productid=22560

  24. QUESTION:
    what should i do for sores under the noseband?
    my horse is getting really bad sores under his chin where the noseband is on his skin. i put neosporin on it everyday and it doesnt improve. i put gauze/sheepskin around the noseband. i tried tightening it so it wouldnt rub as my trainer suggested but it didnt help. the only thing that stops it is making it really loose or taking it off completely. has anyone else had this problem? what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Remove the noseband until the sores are completely healed. In the meantime, don't use neosporin on it anymore as it isn't recommended these days. Weak topical antibiotic ointments contribute to development of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, and when infections by these strains develop, they are very difficult to eradicate.

      My advice is to buy isotonic saline solution for wounds from the drugstore and use it to flush the sores using moderate pressure to clean them, and then apply Vetericyn gel or spray.

      You can buy Vetericyn equine wound gel or spray otc at pet and equine supply stores or online, or ask your vet for the prescription strength Vetericyn. It is the best wound treatment on the market and will heal the sores rapidly and correctly, unlike most wound dressings used in the past.

      You really need optimum healing in this location if you want to be able to use a noseband without issues in the future, so I urge you to incur the extra cost to treat this with Vetericyn. I assure you that it will probably save you money in the long run by healing these lesions correctly. Most other products will produce immune rejection responses that impair healing and/or will destroy healthy tissue and immune cells which can promote infections. The impact on healing can predispose to formation of thick, rigid, or unstable scarring, development of adhesions, or formation of proud flesh.

      Once the sores are well healed, you need to assure that the noseband is padded more effectively to prevent this from recurring.

  25. QUESTION:
    Best way to prevent proud flesh on wounds?
    My horse has recently cut his leg on a sheet of tin, the vet has come and cleaned it up and given him a tetanus booster. Is there anyway to prevent excess proud flesh? and also for people has experienced this before how long did it take for the skin to regrow over the area?

    • ANSWER:
      If this is a lower leg wound, then it is more prone to developing proud flesh. The best treatment to prevent proud flesh is to encourage correct healing. You want to keep the wound cleaned and dressed every day. You do not want the wound to dry out. Moist dressing is preferred since research has shown better healing with less scarring when wounds are kept moist as they heal. The only exception is in wounds that produce a large amount of serous exudate, or infected wounds with purulent drainage. So, a hydrogel ointment is good for keeping the wound moist as needed.
      I also use and prefer an ointment called EMT which is a collagen gel I strongly recommend and it assists healing better than any other products I've seen. By promoting correct healing, it prevents proud flesh. It also adheres very well to the wound, and limits pain and itching.
      The trick to preventing proud flesh is to allow healthy granulation tissue to form, which allows epithelial tissue to grow from the wound edges over the granulated area to fill in a gapped area. But if too much granulation tissue forms, so that it is elevated above the wound edges, the epithelial tissue can't grow over it. But, healthy granulation tissue prevents infection and is essential to healing, so you don't want to damage it.

      The reason Adolph's meat tenderizer works in treating proud flesh is because it contains papain which is an enzyme that is proteolytic, which means it digests protein. It is used in medicine, as well as is another proteolytic called chymopapain, both extracted from the papaya plant. Collagen is a protein that forms part of granulation tissue, and another type of collagen forms scar tissue. Papain can destroy that collagen, so it can inhibit scar tissue and exuberant granulation (proud flesh).

      The problem with it is that you need collagen to form the initial granulation required to heal the wound, so if it is used too early, or aggressively, it could interfere with healing. Anytime healing is slowed, it can contribute to proud flesh development, so it is risky to use it, especially if there is no proud flesh already present. If enough is used to destroy the collagen, then the wound can't heal. Wound healing could be severely delayed by using proteolytic enzymes on a wound, making it more vulnerable to infection.

      The other major risk with using these enzymes is that of allergic reaction and anaphylactic shock. This has been well studied in humans and is the reason why humans who are allergic to Adolph's cannot receive medical treatments using these enzymes. There are no studies on this in horses that I've seen, but it is a risk to consider.

      Epithelialization can begin after 3 days if the wound is well granulated and not infected. so you need to be sure your wound edges are not being overgrown with excessive granulation when that begins. I would use 0.9% saline solution in a syringe or squeeze bottle to flush the wound daily, and sterile non-stick gauze with either a hydrogel or EMT over the wound to keep it moist. Saline will not harm healthy tissue and kills microbes. You can use elastikon tape over Kling wrap to secure the gauze dressing. If you use vetwrap, then you should pad with cotton sheeting as well. You don't have to cover with bandaging, but it does help to protect from contamination during healing. When you flush with the saline, if you note any debris in the wound that won't flush out, use sterile tweezers to grasp and remove it.
      Watch for epithelial filling in from the edges of the wound toward the center. If at any time you see granulation above the surface of the wound edges, you need to remove the excess either surgically or medically. Your vet can mix a steroid/antibiotic preparation to prevent proud flesh, or cut it away once it forms. There is no nerve tissue in proud flesh so no anesthesia is required. Or, if it forms, you can try one of the products on the market, or the Adolph's, if you are willing to accept the risks. It is usually considered best to surgically remove it for best results.
      I believe Farnam makes a hydrogel, and EMT is available at Tractor and Farm supply stores. You can buy sterile isotonic saline at any drugstore.

  26. QUESTION:
    If your horse has a cut should you use betadine solution or scrub?
    What is the difference?

    ...Obv only in minor wounds that have already been flushed with saline.

    • ANSWER:
      No. Harsh chemical solutions like hydrogen peroxide or povidone iodine used in the past will kill healthy cells needed for healing, as well as destroying the microcirculation to the wound. We do not use Betadine in open wounds in surgery, and only use it to cleanse the intact skin before incisions are made.
      Only solutions containing less than 1% iodine can be used without killing the healthy tissue. The dead cells created become food for bacteria, which promotes wound infection.
      Current wound treatment protocols take a "less is more" approach, and are about enhancing the natural ability of the immune system to heal wounds. The immune cells are perfectly capable of preventing infection if we don't kill them off with harsh disinfectants.

      Newer wound dressings are formulated to protect and maintain healthy cells and natural healing and not just to kill microbes. Most wound treatments used in the past either kill healthy cells or evoke immune rejection responses,and many do both. This delays healing and actually promotes infections, overscarring, and proud flesh. Unfortunately, some vets out there are still dinosaurs recommending antiquated treatments that do more to interfere with natural healing than they do to enhance it.

      Isotonic water based hydrogel wound dressings are recommended as they don't kill healthy cells and destroy microcirculation, they don't evoke immune rejection, and they keep the wound bed moist which is essential to healing. Dry wounds scab over too rapidly, delaying healing and promoting infection and scarring.

      Flushing with sterile isotonic saline (0.9 % salt in water solution) using moderate pressure should be the first response treatment of any open wound, and can be repeated as needed. Excessive pressure can damage healthy tissue, so about 15 lbs of pressure is the maximum. This debrides the wound and drowns and washes away microbes. some microbes are dehydrated and killed by the salt in the solution.
      Only an isotonic solution should be used, as too much salt concentration will burn and kill healthy cells. Too little salt in the solution, as with plain sterile water, will swell and rupture healthy cells.

      I recommend Vetericyn gel spray or hydrogel wound treatment, or Gordon's EMT collagen gel for wounds and lesions. Vetericyn is the ideal choice for open wounds, and I prefer EMT for many lesions such as those of mud fever or when flies are a problem, EMT adheres like glue and seals them out.

      Avoid drying agents and powders, caustics, lanolin or petroleum based ointments or creams. Topical antibiotic creams at otc strength promote bacterial resistance and are not recommended. The money you spend on a superior product like Vetericyn is well worth it and will save money in the long run by preventing wound complications like infections and proud flesh.

  27. QUESTION:
    What to put in a horse medical kit?
    I'm making my new horse a medical kit tomorrow... What items do you think are a MUST to have in it, and also include any optional ones... Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Sterile dressings
      Gamgee
      Bandages/ vet wrap
      Eye ointment
      Salt
      Thermometer
      Wound cream/spray
      stethoscope

      Some of these are optional :)

  28. QUESTION:
    I just moved to the south, how do I keep the scary bugs OFF?
    My horse has been getting eaten alive every night, particularly on her belly. I've been religiously spraying her with fly spray every 24 hours, and I've been told that it's strong stuff. We came from Washington state to North Carolina, and there are a lot more biting bugs. any help?
    just FYI - my fly spray is high quality.. it's not a fault of the fly spray, really.

    • ANSWER:
      I feel your pain (or rather, your horse's). Unfortunately the South is blessed with a lot of bugs and a lot of humidity and there really isn't a lot you can do about either.

      My remedies: Permectrin once every two weeks; apply in small amounts to the crest and tailbone, to keep ticks off. Repel-X for fly spray; it's the most effective thing I've found and the concentrate comes in a navy blue bottle. SWAT Fly Repellent Ointment for any open sores caused by fly bites (or general cuts and abrasions); it's both a fly repellent and a wound ointment, and it really does work spectacularly; you can probably find it at Stateline if there's one around you.

      Other than that, fighting bugs down here really is a losing battle. You can keep off the worst of them, but for the rest, she'll have to learn to tough it out.

  29. QUESTION:
    My horse is hurt and I need advise. He has been staked in the chest muscle in between his front legs.?
    What is the best spray and ointment to assist in the healing of his wound? I have used penicillin and tetnus injections. Please help if you have a good remedy for healing. Thanks
    I have seen a vet thats the penicillin and tetnus injection came from. please save the sarcasm for others.
    I am inquiring for other ideas of healing as some home remedies are excellent. So for those who can help please answer.
    I HAVE SEEN THE VET!!!!!!!!!! Please read all the details before you Judge people

    • ANSWER:
      I had a horse that went through a fence - sounds similar to yours - he ended up with a hole in his chest that you could fit both fists into. I hosed it out twice a day, and used dermacleanse spray until there was granulation tissue forming. I then used Yellow lotion as it is antibacterial but also debrides proud flesh. The horse healed within 6 weeks and now 2 years later only has a tiny scar. The most important thing is to keep it clean, and don't rub at the wound or try to dry the inside with a towel as you can upset all of the new flesh growth which is very fragile. Betadine or iodine is also an excellent antibacterial application that is easy and generally relatively painless to apply.

  30. QUESTION:
    It is possible to treat a horse bite?
    with Neosporin? On the horse of course. Random but just curious if it would even work!

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not the best treatment, but it will make you feel better to put it on. Preventing infection is best achieved by the initial flushing and debriding of the wound. By about 3 hours after the wound occurs, any bacteria left in it have already developed a huge colony, and are just getting started. Many of those bacteria will already be resistant to neosporin, and by using it indiscriminately, you will help to develop new strains of bacteria that are resistant to neosporin. The neosporin will do little to prevent an infection if enough bacteria were allowed to survive the initial insult.
      So, my advice is to never apply an antibiotic ointment to a wound without very good reason. Just use sterile saline to cleanse it, and protect it from further contamination, and let the horse's immune system do the rest. Until you have an actual, obvious infection, don't use antibiotics. I like EMT ointment for most wounds, but only after they were initially treated and debrided properly. EMT is available online, or at farm supply stores. It is a collagen gel...it is not an antibiotic, but is inhibits bacterial growth, promotes healing , and limits pain and itching. It is really a great ointment for healing.

  31. QUESTION:
    What can I do for my horses cut?
    My horse got bit up in his paddock and is swollen.. I usually put wonder dust on his cuts and hose it. I can't cold hose the cut now only because its cold outside. Is there anything else I can do for it?

    Also what can do about a horse who is not alpha and is constantly getting picked on? The owner of the farm won't switch my horse to a diffrent paddock so I'm trying to figure out what to do, because I care about my horses well being.
    all great answers thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Ahh you are doing it all wrong. But it's not your fault.

      Okay never put a powder on an open wound. This dries up the area and doesn't allow a moist environment for the white blood cells (leukocytes) etc to move through to heal the wound.

      Use a water based ointment like Aloe Heal by Farnam. This is more or less just water in gel form and keeps moist and protects it from the environment. You can wrap it in gauze and vet wrap if you are concerned about your horse rolling and getting it all dirty etc.

      For cold hosing...Water should never touch an open wound. Your body contains a balance of water and salt within the cells. There is a thing called osmosis. This is the transfer of water through a semi permeable membrane. The opposite of osmosis if simple diffusion. This is the same thing as osmosis except it is everything except water. So this would include salt.

      The body is always trying to maintain a balance. This is called homeostasis. So if you put water on an open wound the water outside the cell will be absorbed into the cell rapidly to achieve homeostasis and the cell can burst. This is why water hurts on open wounds sometimes. So use saline. Saline is .09% salt and the rest water. It is balanced to match your body so this doesn't happen.

      Also don't use any other ointments on an open wound other than a water based one. The body will see it foreign and try to get rid of it before it focuses on healing the wound. This isn't the case with water...duh.

      So only use emollients like Corona etc on wounds that have formed a thin layer of skin over them. These keep the skin soft so they don't crack and reopen.

  32. QUESTION:
    I need help on what to do about a dogs wound?
    My friends dog got his tail(about 3 inches from the tip) closed in a door and it split the skin open(about an inch wide). We put antibacterial ointment on it and wrapped it up with gauze, but the dog started to chew on it. We have cleaned and rewrapped it several times but the wound continues to bleed. She doesn't have enough money to take her dog to the vet to get stitches, so she wants to know what she can do to help the wound heal. Thank you for any advice you can give!

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy some stuff where they sell Horse and Cow stuff - if you have a store by you that does that (Fleet Farm, Tractor Supply etc) it's called BluKote. daub it on and then hold onto the tail until it dries or you will have blod and purple stuff everywhere.

      I do think you should watch and see first if it stops bleeding on it's own. with the dog cleaning it - you might be ok. You could - if the edges are even - put them together with NUSKIN liquid bandage. But if the dog is going to continue to lick it - that won't be much help.

      The key point here is does it stop bleeding - if not - you have to go to the vet.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are some tips for surviving a Zombie Apocalypse?
    I know Zombies aren't real, but I,ve been watching a lot of Zombie movies and the people seem pretty stupid. So what are some tips on surviving and thriving througgh the dawn, the day, and the night of the living dead (play on words)?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a grip on yourself (if you're in a panic you're going to die).

      Get a weapon (it can be a gun, bat, crowbar, hammer, machete, hatchet, axe, pick, or what ever).

      Get to friends and family who are nearby (it's good to have an Allie(s) you can trust and the more people the better your chances of survive).

      Pick up other survivors (the more people you have with the more firepower you'll be able to punch. Plus you'll be able to work faster, and you can repopulate the earth, ha, ha, ha).

      Guns and ammunition (take what ever gun you can find, but if you have a choice take reliable common guns. bolt action rifles, double action revolvers, double barrel shotguns, pump action shotguns, and assault rifles in common calibers like rifle 243, 308, 7.62, and 30 - 06 / pistol caliber 45, 38, 9MM, 45, 44 magnum, and 357 magnum, shotgun gauge 10 gauge, 12 gauge, and 20 gauge, assault rifles caliber NATO 5.56, NATO 7.62, WP 7.62, and C223).

      Morals (without laws to enforce morals your Allies and you will turn into wild animals. Make lsit rules and laws and enforce them).

      Close Quarters Combat (guns are great but you need a melee weapon. The best ones are a hatchet, crowbar, machete, or sword).

      Food (you're going to need food, and so is all of your Allies, candy, canned food, dried food, and Meals Ready To Eat if you can find them)

      Water (take bottled water, water purification system, quinine, and bleach tablets).

      Medical supplies (while we know at this time there's no known treatment for a Zombie bite or scratch, but it would suck to loose someone to a regular wound. You going to need antibiotic ointment, bandages, medical tape, sunscreen, antibiotics, aspirin, sleeping pills, pep pills, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, cortisone, epinephrine injectors, eye drops, opiates, and cocaine).

      Clothing (long sleeve shirts, long pants, socks, boots, underwear, coats, gloves, sneakers, backpacks, ammunition bandoliers, canteens, and preferably black, green, dark brown, gray, or dark blue).

      Gear (night vision goggles, walkie talkies, radio, scope attachments, red dot sight attachments, laser aim attachments, torch attachments, silencer attachments, lock picks, tools, and thing like duct tape, glue, screws, nails, and ropes).

      Transportation (good fuel efficient cars / trucks / vans, motorcycles, or even horses, mules, and donkeys).

      How to kill the undead (if you can make a head shot by all means do it, if you can't make a head shot make make a disabling shot. Shoot the Zombie in the hips; legs, and spine in order to bring them down so you can escape or move in and finish them, if it's one or two zombies just kill them with a melee weapon).

      Diversions (if you attract the zombies away from you so you and your Allies can do something or escape do it. Zombies are attracted by light; sound; and motion).

      Be crafty (duct tape a radio on to a remote controlled car and distract the zombies, travel from roof to roof, bust down the stairs and sleep on the top floor of houses, sneak around, make booby traps, hunt for food, fish for food, live off of nature, be smart, and think alternatively).

      Use nature to your advantage (if it's winter or an arctic storm hits the Zombies will freeze solid, if a hurricane it'll shred the Zombies, if it's hot and dry the Zombies may just dry up and fall down. If any of this happens take advantage of it and move around freely, get supplies, and finish off any frozen Zombies you come across).

      Skilled people (if you run across anyone who can fly a airplane, pilot a ship, doctor / nurse / paramedic, sniper, mechanic, or navigate a boat make friends with them and be extra nice to them).

      It's all a waiting game (nature will take it's tool on them, whether will take it's toll on them, and over time the Zombies will rote away and fall apart, It could last five years, it could last a few months or it could last five years, just stay alive until the end).

  34. QUESTION:
    How long do you think an injured eyeball on my 30 year old gelding will take to heal ?
    The vet has seen him and he has scrapped the first few layers off the surface.I am treating it as instructed but I was just wondering how long it will take to heal over.
    Thank you for your help.
    I am waiting for the vet to get back to me but I was wondering if anyone out there had any ideas.It happened Christmas eve.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like he's done a pretty good job of it. If you treat the eye religiously with the antibiotic ointment your vet has given you (several times daily), and also put a fly/mesh mask on him if you can get one, just to help keep the wind and debris from hitting the cornea as much as possible, you'll have the best results. I've dealt with lots of these at the racetrack as it is common for horses to come back after a race with ulcers caused by flying clods, rocks, even shoes, etc. For future reference, the best thing you can do is to give them a big blast of Banamine right when it happens (it's a miracle drug for eye injuries if given soon enough), but after that point all you can do is protect the eye as much as possible and keep it bathed in antibiotics until it has healed, then switch to cortisone ointment to help remove as much scar as possible. It's critical to follow the correct protocol and not stop treatment or switch to the steroids too soon as you can end up prolonging the healing or even blinding your horse. Your vet should use dye and a special light to test for degree of healing before having you switch medications, but generally you're looking at about 10 days to 2 weeks, although a small percentage of these can just be extra stubborn and take months to heal. The more diligent you are with treatment, the less scar tissue will be left to impede his sight in the end. Good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    What do I do for a wound that won't heal on a horse?
    I just recently got a horse and he has a sore on his back leg, it looks like a puncture wound. It doesn't seem to bother him and the previous owner told me he has had it for a while. My vet is coming to look at it in about week but I'm not sure what to do in the meantime. The previous owner was vague about it, and it looks a tad bit infected so I imagine it has not been cleaned for a while. Is there a certain way to clean it so that I don't irritate it? I think it may be from the horse knocking his hind legs together, so is there something I can do to avoid this in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      All you should do until the vet sees it is to flush it with a sterile isotonic saline solution to keep the area around it cleaned off and flush away any exudate. Don't use any ointments or other dressings on it except Vetericyn gel, and especially not purple spray.

      You can purchase sterile isotonic saline for wounds from a drugstore that is in a pressurized container that will deliver a flush at the correct pressure. Or, you can make a 0.9% (isotonic) saline solution at home by dissolving precisely 3/4 of a teaspoon of non-iodized table salt into one pint of well boiled water, and use a sterile syringe to squirt it onto the wound at room temperature. This will not harm healthy tissue and immune cells but will debride the wound and drown and rinse away microbes and pus.

      You want to keep the wound open and draining, so you should do the saline flush periodically as needed. You don't want to drive anything deeper into the wound, so be gentle. Isotonic saline flushes and Vetericyn gel dressing will not interfere with any treatment the vet needs to provide.

      If you need to dress the wound the only dressing safe to apply is Vetericyn wound gel which will keep the wound moist and draining without causing immune rejection or killing any healthy cells. You can purchase it at most equine or pet supply stores.

      There could be an embedded foreign material within the wound that is preventing it from closing, or it could be draining synovial fluid and pus from deeper tissues such as a joint capsule if it is over a joint, or a tendon sheath, bursal sac, etc. if the original injury allowed microbes to invade those deeper tissues.

  36. QUESTION:
    My horse has a cut on her neck how do i wrap it?
    My horse some how got a cut on her neck. I have put some sav in it to keep it from infection but i feel that she should have some type of wrap on it like aid bandage but how do i wrap it on to her neck?

    • ANSWER:
      Bandaging can do more harm than good, so I'd forget about wrapping it. If this is just a linear laceration, and not a wide, gaping wound, it doesn't need to be dressed with anything. The best treatment is a good flush of the cut with 0.9% isotonic saline solution you can buy at any drugstore.
      This will debride the cut, and will dehydrate and drown bacteria and other microbes. That is all you need to do. Less is more when it comes to wound treatment. There has been considerable research into this. I would not use any oil based creams or antibiotic ointments on the wound, which actually can delay healing and create an alkaline environment that encourages infection. I would start flushing it with saline if you haven't done that and let the body heal itself.
      You can protect it and keep it moist while healing with a collagen gel called EMT. It will promote correct healing, it adheres well, and it will protect the cut from infection. You flush with saline, dry by dabbing with cotton gauze, and apply a thin layer of EMT. Repeat the flushes whenever needed, but at least once a day. Use a syringe or squeeze bottle to do it. If he rolls and gets it dirty, just flush it out again, dry it and apply EMT. His body has everything needed to heal the cut, and the saline won't kill the healthy cells needed for healing.
      Other solutions like iodine or peroxide will damage healthy tissue and are no longer recommended to treat open wounds.
      You can buy EMT ointment at tractor and farm supply stores, or get it online. If you can't get EMT, Farnam makes a hydrogel for wounds which is also okay to use, although I prefer EMT.

  37. QUESTION:
    What will I need to buy for this horse?
    I am buying a horse soon and I was wondering what I'll need. This is any info to do with him:
    *He'll live out all year
    *He doesn't need a rug
    *I will lunge him
    *He is not broken in and I'm not planning to break him in yet!
    *I will groom and bathe him
    *He will be on light feed and hay in the winter

    I think thats about it! I need to know everything I need! From buckets to headcollars! Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      well you will need all of the grooming supplies.
      and that is a curry comb,a hard brush,a soft brush and a hoof pick.
      you will need to get...
      feed,buckets,bedding,poop scooper,halter,lunge line and lead line
      and a horse first aid kit,(and that should include disinfectant - for washing wounds,skin swabs - small swabs impregnated with disinfectant for cleaning wounds ware there is no clean water supply,wound cleansing cream or liquid,wound ointment or powder,wound dressings,crepe bandages,adhesive bandages,gamgee tissue,cotton wool,cold packs,poultices,thermometer,scissors (sharp, but with rounded ends for safety) and fly repellent.
      good luck

  38. QUESTION:
    How to heal a horse's cut quickly?
    I have about ten days until fair and I went to get my horse out of her pen and she had a huge cut on her check-bone She also rubbed of a huge spot of hair on her fore head. it looks like she got her head stuck in a fence or something. I need to find a way to get ride of the gash and have her hair grow back as soon as possible. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Apply an antibiotic ointment to the wound. The hair will take time to grow back. Sorry, there isn't any way to make the hair grow back faster.
      Wounds take time to heal. Even on horses.
      Good luck

  39. QUESTION:
    What to put in a horse first aid kit?
    Question in the title really? Does anyone have a list of things I need?

    • ANSWER:
      some one asked like a week ago for a list of what to put in their first aid kit & the uses for everything...this is the answer i gave

      -storage container (obvious)
      -premeasured baggie with a half tablespoon of salt and a marking of where one quart water would be. this is for cleaning eye wounds
      -disposable razor or scissors for hair removal
      -gauze sponges for scrubbing
      -antiseptic for cleaning wounds (like a povidone iodine solution)
      -disposable gloves
      -antibiotic ointment for wounds (i just use neosporin)
      -corona - good for bite marks; it helps regrow hair.
      -diaper rash ointment for saddle sores
      -gauze. this you can add neosporin to then apply to a wound. you would put either tape or vet wrap over it
      - vet wrap. it adds pressure to a wound. gauze can go underneath
      - scissors
      -rectal thermometer
      -stethoscope. you can use this to listen to intestinal sounds & or heart rate
      -hoof pick
      -tweezers. many uses, can be used to remove splinters, etc.
      -fly repellent
      -flashlight. many uses, but you can use it to look in the ears.
      -a basic first aid book (it will tell you what to do if your horse is choking, the signs of colic, how to wrap a wound etc)

      there's lots of stuff, some you'll find are unnecessary, but its good to have lots of stuff in case of an emergency.

  40. QUESTION:
    What do you keep in your Horse First Aid kit?
    What do you consider essential? What do you consider usefull? What do you wish you could have had?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a drawer and it contains a thermometer, stethoscope, gamgee, cotton wool, animalintex (a poultice thing) bandages, hibiscrub (antimicrobial soap, same as used in hospitals), hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic spray, antibiotic ointment, zinc and castor oil cream/udder cream, multiderm (an ointment which is great for healing wounds which won't heal so long as it's not infected) syringe, scissors, stop watch (for doing heart rates, gauze swabs, non stick wound dressings, clean tub for making up soapy water to wash wounds, bute and duck tape (brill for attaching poulices/splints and loads of other uses. I think that's it.
      I also have a shot of buscapan (colic drug) as my sister's gelding colics regularly and we now treat ourselves with our vet's agreement and instruction. Even tho we have the buscapan we wouldn't treat one of our other horses as it would be unusual for one of them to colic.
      That will pretty much treat anything I'm happy treating, if nothing in that lot will do the job then it's something the vet needs to be out for. I also tend to keep plasters and the like for people in the same drawer.

  41. QUESTION:
    can i ride my horse if he has a puncture wound on his shoulder?
    it was a bit infected,
    but the vet said it should heal but can i still ride him?

    it is adeep cut.
    thanks, its not putting him in pain or anything, the vet said it should be okay, but i jus wanted to be sure.

    im 14 but i've been riding since i was five.

    it was on a stick, its deep but not healed yet, i have antibiotics and i have to wash it out with disinfectant and water twice a day.

    thanks for that.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, it depends, is your horse lame on that leg?
      Since it's on the shoulder, it's tricky, as any sort of trotting, or cantering, will cause the skin to pull and possibly rip the sore open, therefore going through the healing process again.
      It's best to leave it, but it all depends on the sore.
      Since it's deep, maybe not.
      Is it swollen?
      You could try it, but examine it was you're riding. Examine if your horse is sore, or fine. If you do ride, only light riding.

      DEFINATELY, zero jumping or galloping.

      Also, pawpaw ointment. Pawpaw ointment works on ever little sore my horse has ever gotten. It keeps the fly's away, and helps with healing. It's a natural healer really, everyone at my stables uses it. For cuts, grazes, everything. The sore is gone normally in 2 days. My horse got a reasonably deep cut from wire on his shoulder, I shoved it full of pawpaw ointment, and within the week, it was healing perfectly. :)

  42. QUESTION:
    I just discovered a 2 inch cut on the lower end of my dog's tail. How can I treat this?
    Her fur is gone and it seems to be new. Wondering if cleaning the wound would be best.

    • ANSWER:
      Is it deep enough it would need stitches? Something to consider. And, when you say the lower end of your dog's tail,...I wonder if this redundant descriptive is the tip of the tail, or, the base of the tail that extends immediately from the spine above the anus.

      Anyway; in any case.....make sure enough hair is removed from the cut site. Clean it well with Hydrogen Peroxide. You can use a Triple Anti-Biotic ointment on it, or something like Bag Balm.

      Do not dress the wound with any bandages. This would invite infection, and such a wound needs air.

      Keep it clean twice a day, until it starts to heal well and just monitor it. If any infection begins with any drainage, visit to the Veterinarian and a prescribed anti-biotic may be needed.

      This should do well. I wish you and your dog well.

      ADDED: My God,.......so many canned answers of "Go to the Vet"!! And, the ones that have common sense answers and know how to take care of a dog get THUMBS DOWN???

      If we all took our dogs to the Vets for every little and minor thing, we'd be broke. My gosh, owners of pets, dogs, cats, Horses, Cows etc. have been taking care of their animals since this country was formed.

      I'm sure most of us Dog owners know to take care of minor injuries, and, yes, such injuries are NORMAL! Especially for us that live in the country.

      We have got to have some form of intelligence to treat our dogs and not become Veterinarian poor because we run there with every minor scrape.

      I keep a well supplied First Aid kit for my Pets alone. I have all kinds of treatments for wounds and bites and things yes,.....that DO happen to cats and Dogs that does not require me to take a costly trip to the Vet.

      I also have a copy of the: "Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook" that is quite helpful that I recommend to EVERYONE!

      I take my dogs and cats to the Vet when needed, and am not a "cheap-skate", but, there are things that we as owners just like Parents of children can take care of if they are treatable by us.

      If this injury is described factually, yes, this dog owner can treat this injury. I have every belief and confidence that most dog owners can treat their dog or cat that has a minor injury, and for those that don't, ought to learn.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me a basic list of stuff for a horse first aid kit?
    So in the next week Im going to get together a little horse first aid kit kinda thing for my horse (I dont know why I never got one before...). So what kinda of things should I put in there? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well to start off it would not be good to indulge in too many amateur doctoring, but what should be kept in a horse first aid kit are:
      1, Disinfectant. Only use the mildest solutions as horses have extremely sensitive skin. Only use to clean out or bath a cut or injury. You can also use a heavily diluted solution of Dettol as a substitute for a disinfectant. Also keep some salt and water handy should you run out of disinfectant in an emergency.
      2. Linment. There are lots of choices so you can choose which ever you want, however do follow the manufacturer's instructions to help relieve the horse of strain or sprains.
      3.Epsom Salts. If the horse has been on a too heating diet it would be good to give him a small handful of this in his weekly brain mash.
      4. Kaolin Poultice. This has many uses. You can use this to clean a wound or puncture that is finding to be difficult to clean.. You will know it cleaned a wound when you remove a pad that has Kaolin on it as there will be some discolouration and some pus. You can also use this when its hot just apply it underneath a bandage to help relieve the horse of any discomfort the horse has received from sprains/strains.
      5.Colic Drench. In the event that a vet cannot show up quickly when a horse has colic. This is for the most experienced people. So it would be best to have some in your kit for emergencies(but don't forget to call the vet also.)
      6. Scissors. The scissors should be sharp for cutting but blunt ended when cutting/removing hair from the wounds/cuts that need to be dressed.
      7.Antiseptic powder. You can use this for small cuts and scratches once they are clean and dry. Only use one recommended by your vet.
      8. Antiseptic Ointment. Only use a zinc-based ointment that is soft. This is to help stop against its scar tissues that are forming helps to encourage hair to grow again where they may have received a cut/scratch/wound.
      9. Worm dosing drugs. Horses do need to be wormed regularly. If the horse is kept in a healthy condition you can dose him every three to six months. There are lots of these medications that come out every year and they can be lethal for horses so it would be wise to seek the advice from a veterinary surgeon which one he feels is the most safe and ask him for the individual number of doses that can be kept in a stable and can be given if necessary.
      10. Linen. Use as dressings in long strips as under padding when using pads such as Kaolin or other poultice pads.Have a large pack of cotton wool
      Several packs of gamgee tissue and some ordinary crepe bandages.
      Only people who are experienced and really know what they are doing should keep a hypodermic syringe and supplies of needles and can give injections.Also keep your vets phone number nearby and let them handle some of the medical treatments because they are more qualified.

  44. QUESTION:
    Essential First Aid Equipment for horse and rider?
    I am wondering what i should put in my emergency horse and rider first aid kit.

    • ANSWER:
      1. 0.9% isotonic sterile saline.....the best wound treatment for any open wound is a flush with saline. Using about 15 lbs of pressure (moderate), and a syringe or squeeze bottle, a wound is flushed thoroughly. This debrides the wound, the salt dehydrates bacteria, killing it, and the flush also drowns additional microbes. Saline is balanced with body fluids. It won't swell healthy cells (which kills them), and doesn't destroy healthy tissue needed for healing.

      Povidone Iodine, hydrogen peroxide, wound powders, and other harsh chemical compounds and solutions all are cytotoxic, meaning they destroy healthy cells. These cells become food for bacteria and encourage infection. By slowing healing, they encourage proud flesh. These are no longer recommended to use on any open or healing wounds.
      Sterile saline is also safe to use as an eyewash.

      2. Hydrogel or EMT ointment, or both.....antibiotic creams and oil based ointments are not recommended for wound treatment. They produce an immune rejection response which delays healing. They also create an alkaline environment that encourages fungal infection of the wound.
      EMT is a collagen gel that adheres well, promotes healing, and prevents proud flesh. Hydrogel does the virtually the same. Both reduce scar tissue formation. Both keep the wound moist which is essential to healing. The collagen gel is also great for lesions such as scratches or others.

      3. Kling bandage wrap for wrapping areas where vetwrap is too rigid, such as hocks. Elastikon tape to secure bandage wraps. Sterile gauze, both non-stick and fiber types. Use non-stick for most wounds, and the fiber gauze for wounds that require debriding when the dressing is removed.

      4. Cotton balls, cotton pads (like makeup removal pads), and sterile cotton gauze for drying and debriding lesions and scabs, cleaning around wounds, etc.

      Add.....one more thing. I use K-Y jelly for sheath cleaning, and it is better to use K-Y as a lubricant for a rectal thermometer than vaseline, since K-Y is water soluble.
      But the original formula. We use it for all lubricant applications as nurses, and it is good to have on hand.

  45. QUESTION:
    What first aid supplies do you use most?
    I'm going shopping for first aid supplies this weekend and I am just wondering what you guys find you use the most. I've got my basic list sorted out, so just let me know if I should add to it, or if any of the stuff listed on there is totally useless. Thanks !
    Here's my list:
    -Scissors
    -Vet wrap
    -Stable bandages
    -tweezers
    -polysporin and/or iodine
    -band aids (for me)

    • ANSWER:
      Ointment, by far. Maybe I'm a bit overprotective but every time a horse comes in with a scrape, I put some ointment on it. Second after that is probably betadine, it has lots of uses, from helping to clear up fungal infections to disinfecting a wound to soaking feet.

      Add a tube of banamine to your list, but don't use it without calling the vet first. Perhaps bute too, but again, do not use without the vet's OK (and remember bute can have dangerous side effects if used incorrectly).

      I use this type of ointment:
      http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=16438&cmpid=06csegb&ref=3312&subref=AA&CAWELAID=525392991
      I like it because it's antiseptic, relieves pain, and repels flies. So it basically does everything you need for a small scrape in one little tube.

      Put in a thermometer too, a mercury one on a string, and make sure you know how to take a horse's temperature.

      Epsom salts are an essential thing to have for horses, but a whole box of them is probably too big to keep in a first aid kit. I have a carton of epsom salts at home and I take it to the barn when needed.

      A small flashlight (with fresh batteries) can be really helpful too, if your horse gets hurt at night.

      This might be a little controversial, but a horse owner should always have a sedative and a twitch on hand. Of course don't use them unless you HAVE to, but if your horse is stuck in a fence thrashing around it's probably best to sedate him before attempting to pull him out. As for a twitch, don't use it for something silly like clipping but if the vet's giving your horse stitches, a twitch can be a huge help.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you help old cuts heal on horses?
    I have a ten year old mare who we bought not to long ago. She was sold because of a cut on her leg. it has been healing for 11 months and having trouble healing the very last little bit1 Any ideas wht to put on it !?!
    Its just below the hock, former owners used honey on it and ive been usung techadrem, and equifix. after washing it in vetadine(:

    • ANSWER:
      A cut that hasn't closed after 11 months warrants veterinary evaluation. There may be an embedded foreign material, low grade infection in deeper underlying tissue, fibrosis with weak, inadequate scar tissue, or proud flesh that requires medical treatment and surgical debridement or excision before healing can progress to close the wound. Application of the wrong topical treatments can do more harm than good, and many wound irrigations and dressings used in the past are no longer ever recommended since they are either cytotoxic and kill healthy cells needed for healing, or they evoke immune rejection responses that significantly impair and delay healing. It is entirely possible that the reason this wound still won't heal after 11 months is the result of inadequate or inappropriate treatment employed initially.
      Oil, petroleum, or lanolin based ointments, harsh chemical disinfectants, powders and drying or caustic agents all impair healing and no longer recommended. Nitrofurazone preparations like FuraZone ointment, for example, decrease the rate of wound healing (epithelialization) which increases risk of infection and proud flesh. Oil, petroleum, or lanolin based dressings, harsh chemical disinfectants, and drying or caustic agents are no longer recommended. Otc strength antibiotic ointments are minimally effective and promote development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Today the approach to wound care is one of "less is more", and the treatment objective is to allow the horse's own immune responses to prevent infectons and heal wounds effectively. Decades of exhaustive human medical research on wound healing and treatment has led to development of better methods and products for treatment of open wounds.
      Open wounds should be flushed with sterile 0.9% isotonic saline solution. You can buy saline for wounds at drugstores, or make it at home by dissolving 3/4 of a teaspoon of table salt (no iodine) into one pint of boiled water and using a syringe to squirt it onto the wound after it cools to room temperature. Moderate pressure should be used to flush away debris and bacteria without too much pressure which can damage tissue.
      Vetericyn gel/spray is formulated based on the research, and is the best wound dressing on the veterinary market today. It won't kill healthy tissue and immune cells, won't evoke immune rejection, and will keep the wound bed moist as is needed to allow optimum healing of open wounds to progress.
      Vetericyn comes in otc strength that can be purchased at equine or pet supply stores. Prescription strength Vetericyn VF can be prescribed by your vet.

      Again though, a wound this old and still not closed should be evaluated by a veterinarian asap, and you should avoid treatments advised online. .

  47. QUESTION:
    What items should I have in my first aid kit?
    For my horse?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Mercury or Digital Thermometer
      A thermometer will quickly tell you if your horse has an elevated temperature--a sure sign of a health problem that needs attention. I prefer digital over mercury as I don't need my reading glasses or a watch to get an accurate reading. Some models save the last temperature taken, should you forget to write it down. A string and clip feature will help prevent the thermometer getting 'lost'.

      2. Antiseptic Wound Cleaner
      You'll find antiseptic wound cleaners such as Hibitane, Betadine or Novalsan scrubs are useful for washing skin infections, cuts and punctures.

      3. Cutters
      A pair of sharp scissors is essential in a horse first aid kit. If you have wire fences there is a chance your horse could get entangled. Keep a pair of wire or bolt cutters (Compare Prices) handy. These can also be used to remove a very loose shoe.

      4. Clean Stable Wraps
      Keep a clean set of leg wraps handy for emergencies. Since you want them to be clean and ready, have an extra set of stable wraps in your horse first aid kit, other than those you might be using for non-emergency use.

      5. Gamgee, Gauze Diapers, Cottons or Other Absorbent Padding
      Use for padding under leg wraps or cut up for wound dressing:

      Gamgee cloth.
      Disposable diapers (although they are not breathable).
      Gauze diapers (Compare Prices).
      Leg cottons used under stable wraps work as well. The cottons must be kept clean so seal an extra set in a zip closure bag for your first aid kit.
      In fact, zip closure bags are very handy for keeping your horse's first aid kit organized.

      6. Self-sticking Bandages
      What did we do before the availability of these stretchy self-sticking bandages? They seem to have so many uses around the stable. In a first aid situation use to keep a dressing in place, or help support stable wraps. There are lots of different name brands such as VetWrap, Co-Flex and others. I'm able to find rolls at local flea markets very inexpensively. There will be little difference between the ones you buy at the tack shop, and the ones you can buy at the pharmacy, so chose the ones you can afford.

      7. Zinc Oxide Cream
      I keep a big tub in my horse first aid kit to soothe and protect sunburned noses, help clear up grease heel, and protect and heal minor cuts and nicks. You can find zinc oxide creams in the baby care section of your drugstore. My favorite is called Ilhes Paste, a product that is inexpensive and effective.

      8. Salts
      Epsom salts are great for drawing out infection. I often use good old salt water to wash out cuts and scrapes on both four legged and two legged family members. Both are inexpensive items you can buy at the grocery, pharmacy or bulk food store.

      9. Antiseptic Cream or Ointment
      Nicks, cuts and scrapes can be encouraged to heal by keeping the skin moist and clean. There is a wide variety of products available. Choose all natural products or products containing various medicinal and antibiotic ingredients.

      10. Books
      There are lots of great veterinary first aid books on bookstore shelves. Buy one and read it before an emergency happens. Another book you’ll want is a small notebook to keep track of temperatures or write down things you want to tell the vet and may forget in your worry. Keep both books in your first aid kit with your vet’s number written on the covers. Of course, keep your veterinarian’s number near the phone as well

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  48. QUESTION:
    My Paint colt had a run in with a barb wire fence. Still has one open wound should I put anything on it?
    He was injured about a wekk ago-all his cuts have healed up nicly except one that I suspect he is rubbing open. It is not bleeding nor infected-but is red should I put an antibotic gel on it or wait it out longer?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to answer this as both a nurse and horse owner.
      The goal with wounds is to never do more damage. Many of the powders and antiseptic medications for animals wounds out there are not ever used for people. Why? After all, an injury is an injury, right? The reason people never have Wonder Dust or some of these products applied is - they actually cause damage to the good tissue. Wound care is a complicated and lengthy topic, in nursing their are nurses who specialize in wound care and will come to your hospital to look at a problem wound and then give advice as even the average nurse cannot keep up with the new products and the ideal care for each type of wound.
      So don't put a bunch of harsh products on your horse's injury unless advised by a vet, you could easily make the problem worse instead of better!
      Now, let's consider your horse. You did not say where the wound was, how deep it is, how long it is, etc, and this will vastly affect how you treat it. In my opinion, anyone giving you advice without this information is just taking a wild guess at what to do. You would be better talking to your vet than YA about this sort of question, your vet will tell you good products that help with this particular wound.
      I'm a big fan of keeping wounds clean. So hosing it off once a day for five or ten minutes would be appropriate, but don't spray it with alot of force or you could injury the healing wound bed. Pat it dry and then access it. Does it gap? Does it have blood or pus? Is it deep red, or dull red? Does it look at though its infected? Is it dry and cracked, or wet and moist?
      In most cases you want some moisture in a wound. Dry wounds do not heal well, which is one of the problems with Wonder Dust. (Wonder Dust's one claim to fame is - its drying and stops bleeding in open wounds. I still would avoid it in these cases, most vets say NEVER apply harsh products in a fresh wound) If this injury is on your horse's fetlock or cornet band you will have problems with it, low leg wounds tend to heal slowly due to limited blood supply and constant movement. You might be well to use Vetrap to keep it clean and wrapped. If you use Vetrap make sure its applied properly and won't cut off circulation.
      In my opinion your best bet is - clean it daily. Dry it. Apply a human type antibiotic ointment. Use Vetrap if on a joint, otherwise leave it open to air. Consider using an animal based bug spray that is made for wounds to keep pests away.
      One week is not a long time for an injury. I would keep an eye on it and give it some more time, and if I had any further concerns I would talk to my vet.
      Good luck.

  49. QUESTION:
    What can i put on a scab to soften it up?
    My horse got stitches in her head, Yes i know a vet should remove stitches. but my horse is very trusting and i have done it before. But what can i put on the scabby part to soften it up?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You can use sterile isotonic saline solution from the drugstore to cleanse and soften the scabs. Before you start, you can use a betadine cleanse of the area surrounding the suture line, but don't get the iodine directly on the suture line as it is too toxic to the delicate tissue. Then use just the sterile saline on sterile gauze to cleanse directly on the suture line.
      I assume you are sure it is time for the sutures to come out. Sometimes we only remove every other stitch and then remove the rest a few days later. I would be sure you get advice from your vet if you aren't sure. Since on horses you can't use steri strips to keep the wound edges in approximation after the sutures are removed, and the newly closed wound will only have maybe 5 to 10 percent of its strength at this point, there is a risk of separation of the wound edges if the horse bumps his head or scratches the wound on something.
      You can purchase a suture removal kit at a medical supply store if you don't have the proper tools, which will make the job easier. After you remove the sutures, being sure you get all suture material removed, clean the suture line again with the sterile saline on sterile gauze and apply a neosporin ointment. You can use vitamin E after a few days if you want to, but it shouldn't be applied until after the wound edges are well covered over with epithelium or it can inhibit healing.

  50. QUESTION:
    what supplies do you need for a horse
    i need to know ever last supply you need for a horse and how much will it cost. if you put a blanket on a horse in the winter can you take it off for riding. and are shipping boots and a head bumper a good idea.
    how many akers does one horse need should i put the horse in the stall at night.
    what barn supplies do i need for a horse.
    i have 60 akers so i am not going to be bourding

    • ANSWER:
      Well depending on the climate and what season it is should probly determine when it stall and when to turn out-- my horse is out 24/7- just like a wild one lol! If it summer and hot i would say in during the day and out at nite and viseversa for winter. As far as acerage goes 2.5 at least per horse(you wont ever have a problem with that)- i have one horse on a little over 3.5acers and she does wonderfully.

      Yes you can take it off for riding, you can buy some blanket/rugs that you can leave on when riding. Shipping boots and a head bumped are definintley a good idea when it comes to transporting.

      Here is what you'll need:

      blanket/rug and boots for the winter- 0
      fly sheet, mask, and boots for the summer-0
      bell boots- on occasions-
      polo wraps-
      medicine boot-
      medcine wraps-
      wormers-
      halter-
      lead ropes-
      blood clotter- such as Wonder Dust-
      iodine-
      baby powder-
      sampoo-
      condtioner-
      antiseptic wound cleaner-
      sponges-
      hoof conditioner-
      buckets-
      betadine- big variation in price
      wound ontiment- such as Corona Ointment-
      Wieght/hieght tape-
      waterer-
      muck fork-
      feed scoop-
      salt/mineral block-
      fly spray-
      longe line-
      longe whip-
      soft brush-
      medium brush-
      hoof pic-
      hoof brush-
      mane and tail brushes-
      mane and taile pull comb-
      mane and tail braiding combs-
      sweat scraper-
      bathing mitt-
      slick n' easy shine block-
      mane and tail hair bands-
      plastic curry-
      rubber 2 sided message curry-
      basic rubber curry-
      whisker trimmer-
      face brush-
      unigroom coned curry-
      dandy brush-
      cowboy brush-
      basic brush-
      finishing brush
      fine haired finishing brush-
      mane and tail detangler-
      vetroline shampoo concentrate-
      vetroline linament-
      treats-
      FIRST AID:
      disinfectant spray-&5
      skin swabs-
      wound cleansing cream or liquid-
      wound ointment-
      crepe bandeges-
      gloves-
      gamgee tiss-
      cotton wool bandage-
      cold packs-
      paultices-
      thermomete-
      sissors-
      chaep hoof pick-
      guaze-

      you can get all of this stuff for GREAT PRICES at

      jeffersequine.com and horse.com

      Hay is usually dollars for a square bale and for a roll

      Feed- Huge variation in price

      suppliments- depending on your horses needs

      Farrier visit every 6 to 8-
      Vet visit twice a year- 0

      and also all your other basic tack- depending on your dicsipline


wound ointment for horses

Wounds Ointments

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    does wounded warrior ointment work on tattoos?
    I got a new tatoo and its almost all the way healed but i ran out of tattoo goo and it itches bad so was wondering if wounded warrior ointment would work on it?

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  2. QUESTION:
    How do I help my wounds heal faster?
    I mean physical wounds, none of that emotional crap. Anyway I've noticed that my wounds heal slowly; compared to other people. I don't want these marks on my body any longer :) thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      umm well try using triple antibiotic ointment and put that on your "injury" and then put a bandaid over it.
      you can find it in Walmart or Target.

  3. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between Neosporin ointment and Polysporin ointment?
    and on what kinds of wounds would one be used instead of the other.

    • ANSWER:
      Neosporin Ointment is an antibiotic combination. It works by killing sensitive bacteria on the skin or in wounds.
      For treating and preventing infection due to minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

      Polysporin ointment is a type of antibiotic ointment used to treat superficial cuts and wounds and to prevent infection from occurring. Once infection has occurred, the Polysporin may not be effective enough to reduce it.

  4. QUESTION:
    A well-stocked first-aid kit should include what type of product for cleaning wounds?
    A well-stocked first-aid kit should include what type of product for cleaning wounds?
    A. Antibiotic ointment C. Benzoin
    B. Aloe vera D. Witch hazel

    • ANSWER:
      a

  5. QUESTION:
    What are good aloe vera ointments/gels for cuts/wounds?
    I am allergic to triple anitbiotic ointments (off-brand & Neosporin). My dad suggested that I use aloe vera. Any other good aloe vera or any other topical ointments? **Please don't suggest prescription ointments. I just need a nice over-the-counter one.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      If you're using aloe vera it's best to use the purest form you can find. If you're lucky you can find 100% pure aloe vera or even buy an aloe plant and break off an arm and squeeze the gel out to use. Aloe is usually used to treat burns though it won't substitute triple anitbiotic ointment. If you have an open wound and need an antisceptic you'd be better off using lavender or tea tree oil or maybe use hydrogen peroxide to clean the wound and then squeeze a vitamin gel cap on it for healing.
      EDIT.
      My apologies, I'm a slow typist and see someone posted almost the same thing.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best ointment/cream to get rid of scars,marks blemishes on the face cause due to cuts, wound etc?
    I have heard of many creams like no marks etc. But which one is the best which is effective in removing marks caused due to cuts, wounds etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Mederma's great. It works on acne and regular scars. Best of luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it harmful to the healing process to soak wounds in warm water?
    Does just regular tap water help heal wounds, does it do nothing, or does in impede the healing process. I currently have the beginnings of a scab forming on my gash i got and I was wondering what effects water has on the wound/scab/healing process. Thanks (by the way.. the injury is road rash and has some scab forming).

    • ANSWER:
      Not harmful to soak the scabs and it may help you to soften and remove them. The most helpful thing is to keep the area covered with some antibiotic ointment or vaseline so that it then stays soft and keeps a scab from forming. It will drain a bit longer that way but it actually heals faster than when it gets dry hard and scabby.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do I treat a raccoon with severe wounds to the face and abdomen?
    My baby racoon was injured by another wild animal. He has a large chunck of flesh hanging from the corner of his eye, cut almost to the end of his nose. you literally can see inside his head. His eyeball is still intack, but sunk in a little. Under his tail he also has another wound. He hasn't let me get a good look. from what i can see, it is bruised and swelled badly. right under his tail i've caught glimpses of torn flesh, but can't tell how bad. I've been using ointment (antibiotic ) on his face, he bites when i touch underneath. Im afraid of him having internal injuries. so far his stool looks normal. i don't know what to look for otherwise. I can't take him to a vet, being he is a wild animal. I've raised him since he was a little baby. I know he doesn't have rabbies, but i fear whatever got a hold of him did. My kids and I want to try and save him, please help us. He is our pet.

    • ANSWER:
      Vets treat wild animals, and often don't charge. It is unacceptable for you to refuse him medical treatment.
      Get him to a vet at once. He is NOT a wild animal, he is captive. And you are not a vet.
      Currently you face prosecution for neglect if you refuse him treatment.

      You don't have to mention you keep him as a pet, do you? Just get him help.

  9. QUESTION:
    How to help wounds heal quickly?
    I have gotten soooo many bug bites on my feet and ankles and they have scabbed because I scratch them too hard. I need them to go away by Sunday (Today is Thursday)

    My question
    Is there any old remedies I can use to help the process? (Im not going to go out and buy special ointments)

    • ANSWER:
      First- get some Benadryl for the itching. If you don't want to be sleepy I suggest the cream.
      Second- Keep them clean, not scratching them, and neosporin should do the trick.
      NEOSPORIN® First Aid Antibiotic and a bandage help heal minor wounds four days faster than a bandage alone, and NEOSPORIN® First Aid Antibiotic may help minimize the appearance of scars.

      If you are going to be showing your ankles and feet, and they are still red, a little concealer should help.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I care for an injury on my gerbil?
    There are vets here but none that specialize in small animals. What type of ointments can I put on a gerbils injury? I would love non-prescription but will ask my vet for anything you may have had luck with, prescription or non-prescription medicines.

    • ANSWER:
      Get a bowl with a lid, put some dish soap and water in the bowl sit your gerbil in the bowl and seal it. Shake the bowl to clean the wounds. 1 minute should do the trick. Allow drying and bleeding to stop before you put it back in its bedding.
      Hope that helps.

  11. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy ICHTHAMMOL OINTMENT in the UK?
    Hi.
    Im looking to buy some Ichthammol Ointment in the UK,can anyone tell me where I can buy it?
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      UK A,
      Ichthammol, whose chemical name is Ammonium bituminosulfonate, used to be used for mixed purposes, like drawing infections from boils and is derived from sulphur-rich shale. When mixed with either a beeswax or paraffin base it can be used to treat skin aliments. It is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It helps treat and clear up many minor wounds on humans and animals. It’s use to draw out infections like boils has largely been superceded by magnesium sulphate due to the odour and stickiness that it possesses. If still available, you should be able to obtain it from a pharmacy / chemist.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use an antibiotic cream for people on a cat's external wound?
    I have just noticed on my cat's belly three small flesh wounds, he probably got scratched climbing a tree or he possibly got into a small fight. The wounds are about 3.5 mm round. I was thinking of putting some antibiotic cream to disinfect the wound as a precaution. I have several antibiotic creams at home: Neosporin and Neobacitracine. I will defnitly be taking the cat first thing in the morning to the vet to get it disinfected properly.

    Any comments on the cream?

    • ANSWER:
      My vet has recommended using neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment for wounds on my dogs. That should be fine until you can get him to the vet.

  13. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for these wounds to completely heal?
    I am up to date on my shots, including tetanus. The wounds keep getting disturbed, whether it be clothing catching into them, or bandages taking them off. They are a week old so they cannot get stitches. What can I do to help them heal and how long will this process take? Thanks.

    (image linked is gross, but here they are for help in your answer.)
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    • ANSWER:
      What you are seeing is the normal healing process of inflammation, there are no obvious signs of infection especially after a week. Infections usually occur between 24 and 48 hours. Your body secretes serum to wash the wound and to keep it moist. This serum may turn colors as it gets thicker, but this means nothing. Applying an antibiotic ointment and a nonadherent dressing (like a bandaid) and changing it every other day is the scientific way to get it to heal fastest. The antibiotic ointment should go over the entire wound, it is dumb to try to apply it only to the edges as it will go over the wound eventually. Also, letting the air get to wounds is an old fashioned, unscientific and bad way to heal wounds. If you remember that the air makes a scab (think of a big, hard, black, dry rock in the middle of your wounds) and you know that wounds heal by filling in from the bottom with healthy new capillaries and also by the edges pulling themselves in from the sides to close the wound, you can understand how a scab would prevent any of this from happening and slow the healing way down. Scabs are bad for healing. If you do as I recommend, you will heal in about 5-7 days.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you clean out a deep wound and get it to heal without infection?
    My dog got wounded yesterday when she ran away, and I cleaned it out as best I could but I need help. I cannot afford a vet right now. Thank you so much for your help and Merry Christmas!

    • ANSWER:
      You already ran LOTZA warm clean water over it,right?
      Then ...go to the drugstore & pick a bottle of Betadine. Sluice that in well...though it's probably way too late,since it's dry by now.

      Do NOT use peroxide & do NOT slather any ointments on it.
      Leave it alone to heal.
      You do NOT need oral antibiotics!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    How to help wounds heal quickly?
    I have gotten soooo many bug bites on my feet and ankles and they have scabbed because I scratch them too hard. I need them to go away by Sunday (Today is Thursday)

    My question
    Is there any old remedies I can use to help the process? (Im not going to go out and buy special ointments)

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    How to help heal wounds quickly?
    I have gotten soooo many bug bites on my feet and ankles and they have scabbed because I scratch them too hard. I need them to go away by Sunday (Today is Thursday)

    My question
    Is there any old remedies I can use to help the process? (Im not going to go out and buy special ointments)

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    What are soem common household itesm you can use on your horses?
    So there are several household items you can use on your horses as well as around the hous. They fall into 5 catergories. Can you tell me according to each catergory what items would you use?
    Here are the catergories
    Fly Repellents & Insecticides
    Hoff Treatments
    Sores & Wounds
    Flaky Skin
    Internal Ailments

    • ANSWER:
      Fly Repellents & Insecticides - Skin So Soft
      Hoof Treatments - Disposal diaper (makes a great hoof wrap in a pinch), used motor oil as a hoof dressing
      Sores & Wounds - Diaper rash ointment for girth gall or any rubbed or raw spots from heat rashes
      Flaky Skin - Vaseline for moisture. Baby oil for the same thing.
      Internal Ailments - corn oil for shine from the inside out. Molasses if my horse is being picky about feed. Kool Aid to get him to drink the water in different arenas (masks the taste of the water).

  18. QUESTION:
    What could be wrong with my dogs eye? It has been weepy and red the past couple day and started bleeding today?
    I took him to the vet who prescibed ointment but she seemed hopeless, and not too concerned
    it bled before i took him to the vet. I informed the vet about everything. She gave me ointment and made an appointment for him on friday if it hasnt improved. I just wanted to know if anyone has had a similar experience as i dont know what could be wrong with it.

    • ANSWER:
      its an infection or a small wound of some sort, it takes time for these wounds to heel, but if it gets worse see another vet.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the best ways to deal with foot infection?
    A friend of mine hurt his toe. He has diabetes, and the toe is not healing. He hurt another toe and had to have it cut off because it got gangrenous.

    The doctor is giving him ointment, which is not working. What are his other options?

    I've already tried to read about it, and I've discovered tissue salts, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and alkaline water. I'd like more suggestions along these lines.

    • ANSWER:
      Plain ole' Honey is last resort for diabetic sores.Jennifer Eddy says honey therapy can save diabetics from amputations cures diabetic ulcer wounds.

      Spreading honey on a diabetic ulcer could prevent the need to amputate an infected foot, researchers say.

      A doctor at the University of Wisconsin who helped about half a dozen of her diabetic patients avoid amputation has launched a controlled trial to promote the widespread use of honey therapy.

      Diabetic patients usually have poor circulation and decreased resistance to fight infection and ulcers developed, become hard to treat. So, as a result the wounds develop rapidly, to prevent further development they have to amputate the affected portions. On an average an amputation is performed every 30 seconds in the world because of this problem.

      Dr. Jennifer Eddy, a professor at the University’s School of Medicine and Public Health tested this theory whether honey helped diabetic patients and prevents amputations and found some interesting results. The therapy involved by applying a thick layer of honey on the wound after dead skin and bacteria were removed. This bacteria have become more resistant to normal antibiotics rendering them ineffective and amputation is the only means to prevent further its growth. The honey on the other hand kills bacteria because it is acidic in nature.

      Dr. Eddy said this study will be verified with further controlled trials and experiments and if they find the same results, it will be a significant and can help prevent many amputations across the world. It is also available in plenty in nature, so anyone can use it without the worry of high costs in treating these diabetic ulcers.

      "If we can prove that honey promotes healing in diabetic ulcers, we can offer new hopes for many patients, not to mention the cost benefit, and the issue of bacterial resistance. The possibilities are tremendous."

      In New Zealand, Honey therapy is already used to treat bed sores and is also being using as an alternative medicine in Europe, but in the US, it is not being used widely for health care purposes.

      Prof. Eddy tested this idea after she heard this in her medical school from a professor, who commented that honey worked better compared to other ancient remedies in a laboratory situation.

      Dr. Eddy wouldn’t have used honey, but she had to as a last resort to cure a 79 year old diabetic patient, who was close to amputation and didn’t respond to standard medications and treatments. He was almost at the verge of death, so she started applying honey therapy for him and his wounds rapidly healed after.

      She is going to do more trials and said the results will be published in 2008 or 2009.

      It is great news, because many diabetic patients develop these wounds quickly, so instead of amputation, they will definitely welcome such natural remedies. Hope she confirms it with the trials and if so they should give her a Nobel Prize along with her Professor for developing this remedy for diabetic ulcers.

      Good luck

  20. QUESTION:
    How to treat and get rid of eczema? Or are there any alternative solutions to atleast lessen the scrathing?
    My boyfriend has eczema and he can't stop scratching every single time. I can see him getting depressed about it. he said he is allergic to cats, does it affect also? he tried different cream every single time - sometimes it will work but will eventually come back. Do you know any alternative thing to do? For him to stop scratching? the bleeding? the wounds? I know there is no cure known yet.. but atleast remedy will do thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Rule out the cats. Severe eczema should be treated by a physician or dermatologist. Eczema is most common where the weather is very dry and less humid. If the condition has gotten to the point of bleeding and wounds, antibiotics and/or antifungal drugs are definitely in order. Also, promethazine (prescription only) and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can help relieve some of the itching. Corticosteroids creams help relieve symptoms eczema;some being for severe cases.. Hydrocortisone cream is OTC with aloe vera can be effective.

      Moisture is key when dealing with eczema. Thick creams such as Aquaphor or Eucherin keep moisture in. Alba makes a petroleum-like product can Un-pertroleum, Multi-purpose Jelly. It has many uses and you can get it without a prescription. Keep the body hydrated with 8-10 cups of water a day. First, see a doctor for the wounds and heal those. Then you can treat with alternatives.

      Reminder: Although I am a licensed esthetician, I cannot diagnose or prescribe medication. Any advice given is strictly based on knowledge obtained by working in the field. Always consult a doctor before taking or using an OTC drug. Do NOT mix diphenhydramine ointment (anti-itch) with Benadryl.

  21. QUESTION:
    what human medications can i put on my dogs skin?
    my dog is itching and scratching herself raw. what human ointments can i use on her skin? what home remedies can i try?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to know why your dog is doing this. If it's fleas then the pooch needs to get some sort of bath or flea treatment. If it is dry skin then oatmeal baths and other shampoos can help. Aloe Vera is also helpful if the dog does not lick it off. If it is mange then you need to see a vet about treatment. If it is boredom then you need to give the dog more attention and exercise to get them tired out.

      My dog has allergies that are seasonal. He will scratch and bite himself until the point of wounds. I give him Benadryl. 1 pill every 12 hours and he is 40lbs, (I get 100 pills of generic for 5 bucks at Walmart) call a vet to ask about the amount your own dog should use. Yes, my vet put us on this prescription and it is very common to be on a Benadryl regiment.

      Knowing why is the most important part of fixing the problem, and will save you money from trying everything and coming up sort in the long run.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me information about using mupirocin (Bactroban) ointment on burn wounds?
    I recently burned my leg and got prescribed this, but I've read on the Internet that you're not supposed to apply ointment on burn wounds. I'm a little confused. Care to enlighten?

    Thanks for reading!

    • ANSWER:
      I don´t know the answer to your question about that ointment but below is an email I received from a friend which describes how to treat burns and scalds.

      Keep in mind this treatment of burns is being included in teaching beginner fireman. First Aid consists of first spraying cold water on the affected area until the heat is reduced which stops the continued burning of all layers of the skin. Then, spread the egg whites onto the affected area.
      One woman burned a large part of her hand with boiling water. In spite of the pain, she ran cold faucet water on her hand, separated 2 egg whites from the yolks, beat them slightly and dipped her hand in the solution. The whites then dried and formed a protective layer.
      She later learned that the egg white is a natural collagen and continued during at least one hour to apply layer upon layer of beaten egg white. By afternoon she no longer felt any pain and the next day there was hardly a trace of the burn. 10 days later, no trace was left at all and her skin had regained its normal color. The burned area was totally regenerated thanks to the collagen in the egg whites, a placenta full of vitamins.

  23. QUESTION:
    What do i need for vet supplies for horses?
    I have a horse and i am making a list of things i will need for the next show seasons. I am having a complete brain cramp! Can someone help me out with a list of vet supplies i would need for my horse, this includes any bandages, vet wrap ointments, anything that i would need for many common pony problems. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      What the other writer said and add a soaking boot, Stethescope, Thermometer, Bute, Banamine and aspirin. Triple antibiotic cream, infant size diapers (for wounds on the fetlock or they can be cut down for bandages as well as feminine hygene pads. ). That vet wrap that sticks to itself, don't let it get hot or it melts. Quilts and polo wraps. Ice packets. Furizone, bag balm, baby oil/skin so soft, good clippers that cut close, anticeptic wash, saline solution to rinse eyes although cold hosing works too. And SMZs. All the basics of a vet box.

  24. QUESTION:
    What should i do if i get scratched by my cat and what are the symptoms of cat scratch fever?
    I was giving my cat a shower cause he smelled bad and I guess he got scared and climbed up the side of my back. after this i got severe puncture wounds in my chest (not that severe but it was bleeding pretty bad). there are also numerous but less severe scratching on my back. It doesn't hurt, but i was wondering if i could get cat scratch fever from this.

    • ANSWER:
      You can get infected from your cat, but its not very likely. Cat scratch fever is not very common and its not much different than any other scratch or cut that gets infected. If you wash the scratches and cuts with soap and water, you probably won't have any problems. You could run on some antibiotic ointment as a precaution.

  25. QUESTION:
    How does antibiotic ointment work?
    What's in it, and why does it seem to speed up healing for seemingly every puncture, scrape, cut or wound (except for the ones that require stitches, of course)? What is "triple antibiotic ointment" vs "antibiotic ointment"?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotic cream/ointments are topical, (applied to the skin) used to treat skin infections and to prevent infections in burns, skin grafts, minor cuts, and wounds.

      They work by killing the bacteria that cause infections. There are many types of antibiotic creams, and each kills different kinds of bacteria.

      Triple antibiotic cream may used to kill a number of bacterial infections (broad spectrum). Where as a single antibiotic may only kill one type of bacterial infection.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do i make a week and a half old wound heal?
    I had a deep wart cut out of my hand about a week and a half ago and was told to put polysporin on it, i put the ointment on the cut on a regular basis and the wound has not healed at all. Is there something wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      be patient! those wounds heal more than 2 weeks!

      and it is possible that your wart will regrow because if you really want to get rid of warts forever then you should know that you can remove warts by surgery, freezing, laser, acid or with cream but warts can reappear again and again because warts appears when your immune system is weak! so you must build up your immune system because your body can get rid of warts by itself if your immune system will be strong! so eat more healthy food, more vitamins and more sport activities!
      (No smoking, no beer/ale, no booze, no drugs, no junk food, no fast food garbage, no sugary sweet soda's. Get on a good, balanced, healthy diet including plenty of boiled or steamed vegetables. Drink P L E N T Y O F W A T E R , fruit juices & fat free milk. Snack on lots of RAW fruit & veggies. Get up one hour early every morning & take a BRISK 30 minute walk - then - do the same thing again in the evening after dinner. Make sure you eat a good, balanced breakfast daily. You get your energy for the day from your breakfast meal. Get 8 hours sleep each night. Flip your mattress over so it will level out to give you a good night's rest. Slack off too much coffee & tea.)

      HPV is the virus that causes warts. And HPV virus has many strains. In your case you have HPV virus strain number 2. People can be infected with HPV and never show any symptoms. Others will develop warts. These warts can stay the same size, grow, or go away on their own. It depends on the infected person's immune system. A healthy immune system means your body may be able to suppress the virus and not show symptoms.

      also you must use herbal treatment because you can not always live 100% healthy...!!!

      in that case Wartrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of warts comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that they wont reappear again! it says that it is designed for Genital Warts but
      it does not matter because warts are warts and wartrol works by stimulating your immune system to fight the HPV virus that causes the warts. of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly).

      It worked very fast and still works for me because I do not have wart outbreaks anymore!

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Wartrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.wartrol.com/?aid=221781

      The advantage of Wartrol over other natural treatments for warts is that, since it is taken orally, it can also act on invisible warts that can't be treated by other creams and natural remedies.

      good luck!

      Working in health + working in dermatology + personal experience

  27. QUESTION:
    How to heal a sore in the nose?
    I've somehow injured the inside of my left nostril and am wondering how to heal it faster. It feels sore when I wiggle/wrinkle my nose as well as itches. I take that the itching is a part of the healing process as with all other wounds I had itched as they healed. Thanks. Would Vaseline be safe to keep it moisturized?

    • ANSWER:
      Vaseline is fine, but antibiotic ointment would be better.

  28. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for wounds to heal?
    I fell off my bike 10 days ago and I have wounds on my hands and one on my right knee and they're healing but they're healing slow and I just wanna know how much longer it's gonna take? I 've been putting ointment on them and I got some yellow scab on them with pink around it and I went to the doctor to see if they were infected but they were't but I just wanna know how much longer until they fully heal? Please and thank you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Don't,worry before you know it,it will be fine.Just keep putting ointment and wrapping it daily and give it some time it will heal eventually shouldn't be that long.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do I help my friend heal his deep wounded cut?
    He doesn't have medical insurance. What kinds of bandage or ointment or medication helps speeding up the healing process? He won't stop bleeding.
    They won't accept him into my ER unless we provide some sort of payment. And I don't have that kind of money. I just paid all my bills.
    the ER**

    • ANSWER:
      First off: Clean it with an alcohol swab. Then cut a piece of gauze big enough and rather thick. Put some neosporin on the gauze, and then put it on the cut. Then tape it down with medical tape or bandaids!! Heal quick!! ;D

      I wish your friend the best of luck :3

  30. QUESTION:
    What's the best stuff to clean a new piercing?
    I have a fairly new belly button / navel piercing (less than a week) & I've been cleaning it but with anti-infection ointment and ear care antiseptic. So what should I be using? Where can I buy what I need? And just any tips on cleaning piercings?

    • ANSWER:
      Use the simplest soap you can find when you shower, and a sea salt water soak at the other end of the day. (If you shower in the morning, then soak in the evening.)

      I use "pur" or "cetaphil" brand liquid soap. It's very gentle. DO NOT use antibacterial soap. It's too harsh, and is not intended for puncture wounds. The plainest soap you can find is best.

      You can get both salt and soap at a grocery store.

      For the sea salt soak, I use about 1/4 tsp of sea salt (not regular table salt; it's iodized and is too harsh) in a regular coffee mug of warm water. Soak the piercing for about ten minutes. Don't use much salt-- the idea is to match the natural salinity of your body. Any more will dry the wound too much. If you can barely taste the salt in the water, it's just about right.
      After the first couple weeks, putting some salt water on a cotton ball and giving it a quick swab is enough.

      Alcohol, peroxide, neosporin, whatever are not intended for puncture wounds. Alcohol and peroxide can actually burn the wound. Antibiotic ointments (because they're a little sticky) can trap dirt inside the piercing.

      Do not clean it more than twice a day unless you get dirt on it (and I don't mean sweat or something). Any secretions (unless they are very thick, with a yellow or green color) are healthy and are your body's way of healing the piercing. Cleaning with soap and salt water will help get rid of anything your body doesn't need without stripping it of anything it does.

  31. QUESTION:
    How long should I bandage a cut on my dogs leg?
    I have a mini pin. Yesterday she got a cut on her back leg, just above her ankle. There was a lot of bleeding when it happened but she was able to clot and the bleeding stopped. I have bandaged the wound with clean gauze and medical tape, and applied Animax Ointment to control infection.

    Today, I have changed the bandage twice to keep her from chewing it, and to also keep the wound clean. My question is, how many days should I keep the wound covered? There is no scab yet and it doesn't look like it will form with a bandage covering it.

    I know not to expose the cut to water for at least 3 days, but how many days should I keep it covered? It has so far been covered all of today, and half of yesterday.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      well, if the cut was deep, bandaging might be counterproductive. dogs actually can provide their own antibiotic to some extent by licking the wound. but it it is deep, stitching would probably be better.

      it SOUNDS more superficial though. and the good news is that dogs are much less likely to develop infected wounds than humans. still can happen, though.

      keep it bandaged for about three days, if she will tolerate it. if it is superficial, don't sweat it. dogs don't feel pain like we do, and she will be fine.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can you please give the best instructions on how to clean piercings?
    I have been cleaning with salt water and putting antibiotic ointment on them, but I don't know how many times a day. I researched on google, but all links had so many different instructions. I just want a basic procedure with simple materials like salt water.

    • ANSWER:
      No ointments or creams of any kind - they flat out say not for puncture wounds & Just trap moisture and bacteria in the area.

      Stick to the salt soaks. Mix 1/4 tsp of sea salt with a cup of hot as you can stand water. Submerge your piercing in the solution for a few minutes. Do this twice a day. After the soak, clean the piercing off with a qtip and clean water.

      That's all you need to do.

      The answerer above me has no clue what they're talking about. Alcohol or peroxide are bad for piercings. The stinging means that it's killing the good bacteria that is trying to heal the piercing! Stinging = bad! And there is no reason to EVER put tobacco on a piercing! That's just stupid!!

  33. QUESTION:
    What topical wound care product do you like best?
    I'm looking for a cream-like or gel ointment to put on cuts and scrapes on my horse. I'd like it to be antiseptic/antibiotic (honestly I'm not sure the practical difference between the two) and able to stay on relatively well in a pasture setting. What do you personally use or like best?

    • ANSWER:
      The research on wound treatment has led to recommendations that don't include use of most antibiotic ointments since they produce an immune rejection response that slows healing. The first response should be to flush any new wound with 0.9% sterile saline which you can buy at any drug store. The salt in saline dehydrates and kills bacteria, and the flushing debrides the wound and also drowns other microbes. This solution is isotonic, meaning it is balanced with body fluids and won't
      kill healthy cells needed for healing the way harsh chemicals like iodine or hydrogen peroxide do. When healthy calls are killed, they become food for bacteria and encourage infection, and slow the healing process.

      I prefer EMT ointment which is a collagen gel that adheres well, seals off sensory nerve ends to kill pain and itching, and seals out insects and debris. It is amazing for wounds and for lesions like rain rot and mud fever. Farnam also has a water based gel called hydrogel that is supposed to be very good, but I haven't used it myself yet. EMT can be found online or at tractor and farm supply stores.
      Either will speed healing and prevent proud flesh and scarring.
      The initial saline rinse is the most important treatment. You can use a syringe or squeeze bottle and use moderate pressure to do the flush.

  34. QUESTION:
    If your horse has a cut should you use betadine solution or scrub?
    What is the difference?

    ...Obv only in minor wounds that have already been flushed with saline.

    • ANSWER:
      No. Harsh chemical solutions like hydrogen peroxide or povidone iodine used in the past will kill healthy cells needed for healing, as well as destroying the microcirculation to the wound. We do not use Betadine in open wounds in surgery, and only use it to cleanse the intact skin before incisions are made.
      Only solutions containing less than 1% iodine can be used without killing the healthy tissue. The dead cells created become food for bacteria, which promotes wound infection.
      Current wound treatment protocols take a "less is more" approach, and are about enhancing the natural ability of the immune system to heal wounds. The immune cells are perfectly capable of preventing infection if we don't kill them off with harsh disinfectants.

      Newer wound dressings are formulated to protect and maintain healthy cells and natural healing and not just to kill microbes. Most wound treatments used in the past either kill healthy cells or evoke immune rejection responses,and many do both. This delays healing and actually promotes infections, overscarring, and proud flesh. Unfortunately, some vets out there are still dinosaurs recommending antiquated treatments that do more to interfere with natural healing than they do to enhance it.

      Isotonic water based hydrogel wound dressings are recommended as they don't kill healthy cells and destroy microcirculation, they don't evoke immune rejection, and they keep the wound bed moist which is essential to healing. Dry wounds scab over too rapidly, delaying healing and promoting infection and scarring.

      Flushing with sterile isotonic saline (0.9 % salt in water solution) using moderate pressure should be the first response treatment of any open wound, and can be repeated as needed. Excessive pressure can damage healthy tissue, so about 15 lbs of pressure is the maximum. This debrides the wound and drowns and washes away microbes. some microbes are dehydrated and killed by the salt in the solution.
      Only an isotonic solution should be used, as too much salt concentration will burn and kill healthy cells. Too little salt in the solution, as with plain sterile water, will swell and rupture healthy cells.

      I recommend Vetericyn gel spray or hydrogel wound treatment, or Gordon's EMT collagen gel for wounds and lesions. Vetericyn is the ideal choice for open wounds, and I prefer EMT for many lesions such as those of mud fever or when flies are a problem, EMT adheres like glue and seals them out.

      Avoid drying agents and powders, caustics, lanolin or petroleum based ointments or creams. Topical antibiotic creams at otc strength promote bacterial resistance and are not recommended. The money you spend on a superior product like Vetericyn is well worth it and will save money in the long run by preventing wound complications like infections and proud flesh.

  35. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a wound to heal?
    I wounded my finger two days ago. The cut was bad but it stopped bleeding after about 10 minutes and it bled again while I was sleeping but only a bit and I had it covered with band aid. It stopped bleeding but the skin is not still completely sealed. Does this mean that viruses and bacteria can still enter to my blood system through this wound or is it sealed by the inside layers of the skin since I am not bleeding anymore?

    • ANSWER:
      The outer laye of the skin consists of dead cell, therefore it doesn't really get sealed from outside. The wound will heal from inside out. The inner layers of your skin have already sealed the wound with a thin layer of new skin. As this skin matures, it will move towards the outer layer and seal the wound for good. At that point the dead skin that forms the edges of the wound right now, will peal off.
      The bacteria normally can't enter the wound after the bleeding has stopped, however, the new skin is very thin and can get injured easily. I suggest that you keep using an antibacterial ointment on the wound for a couple more days until you feel comfortable moving your finger without stretching the skin too much.

  36. QUESTION:
    Equate triple antibiotic ointment on horses?
    It's an ordinary neosporin drugstore knockoff, but can I use it on small knicks and cuts on my horse? Another girl I know uses an ointment that looks just like it, but it's a different kind. It's alright if I use it? If not, I'll just go buy one at horse town.
    Okay great because horse town is really expensive. lol
    Wow seriously?? I'm gonna have to try that because I can garauntee she's gonna have a new cut tomorrow. Just about every day she gets one. Lol .

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's not a good idea, nor is putting any fats combined with sulfer suggested under home remedies.

      There has been tons of medical research on healing and wound treatment, and less is more when it comes to healing wounds.

      Go to the drugstore and get 0.9% saline solution. We know now that isotonic saline is the best treatment for open wounds. A good, moderate pressure flush with saline drowns microbes, dehydrates and kills bacteria, and debrides the wound. Because it is balanced with body fluids, it won't kill healthy tissue cells needed for healing. This cleans the wound and allows the horse's immune system to do its job correctly. If you need to protect the wound, then only water soluble ointments should be applied. These keep the wound moist to allow correct healing (never dry a wound with caustics) without bringing about immune rejection responses which impair healing.

      I prefer EMT collagen gel for open wounds. It acts as a barrier to insects and keeps the wound moist while investing deeply to block pain and itch sensations. Always flush with saline first to kill microbes and debride the wound, then apply a thin layer of EMT to the wound. If there is a lot of dirt and debris in the wound, use sterile gauze soaked in saline to remove it, and then flush again.
      Pat dry with sterile gauze if needed, and then apply the EMT.

      Infections and proud flesh are the major results of improper wound care being initiated up front. Do this right away, and repeat as needed, and you can avoid those complications. You can also use Vetericyn or Farnam hydrogel safely to keep wounds moist and promote correct healing.
      EMT is available at tractor or farm supply stores, or online.

      OTC antibiotic ointments are such low daosage that do little to no good even if they are water soluble ointments, and they can also lead to antibiotic resistance. avoid hydrogen peroxide, iodine solutions, caustic drying agents, etc. that have traditionally been used. they have all proven to actually impair healing rather that aiding it.

  37. QUESTION:
    How to treat a chocolate lab with staph infection?
    My lab is 13 years old and a little fighter to say the very least. She lives a warm, happy life and has never had any severe medical conditions until about a year ago when she developed staph infection on her belly. The infection has spread and now covers her whole stomach and she has a few small patches of infected skin on her back. The veterinarian gave us antibiotics but when she is given these pills, she wont eat for days. It upsets her stomach and she recognizes the smell of the pill even when it's mixed in her food (smart cookie, I know). We also used a medicated shampoo all summer, bathing her almost every other day. This helped with the awful smell, but did not heal the skin. Now it is winter and baths are no longer an option since my mother refuses to bathe her in our tub. We had her groomed a week ago and even gave the groomers our shampoo but her smell and itching is worse than ever. I can't afford to have her injected with antibiotic shots....are there any other options out there? Maybe a topical ointment or a medicated cream? I just want her to be more comfortable and to stop that absolutely horrific odor!!! Any suggestions are much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it could be MRSA. If it is it is a drug-resistant infection & can be difficult to get rid of. Have the wounds been cultured? With a wound that isn't healing, your Vet should culture the wound & do a sensitivity to see what antibiotic will work.Then order the correct antibiotic. Your job will be to get the antibiotic into the dog diligently, every dose for the entire course of antibiotics. Forceably pilling the dog if needed. Don't mix it in her food for her to choose to eat or not. She may require an extended course of the specific antibiotic to eliminate the infection since it has been going on for a long-time & has probably become drug-resistant.

  38. QUESTION:
    How long will swelling with an industrial last?
    I got it sunday. it's wednesday and it looks semi swollen. i've been using tripple antibiotic ointment. is there something else i should use instead? i can twist it and stuff but that kind hurts. the swelling is what's concerning me. what will help with swelling?? and what should i clean it with?

    • ANSWER:
      Your piercer didn't tell you how to care after this?

      Stop using the ointment. It will suffocate the piercing holes and create breeding grounds for bacteria. It's also not meant to be used on deep puncture wounds. Also stop twisting it. You're just irritating the developing fistulas [insides of the piercing holes]. Worst case, you'll tear the insides by twisting them, hindering healing.

      Do two to three daily sea salt soaks.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is the gooey white stuff inside my open wound?
    I had stitches for 12 days before they were removed. My neighbor (a medical asst.) told me that my wound was still open and gave me an antibiotic ointment to use. I have been cleaning my wound with mild soap and water and also hydrogen peroxide. I have noticed that there is a white gooey substance inside my wound that does not ooze or wash away. It just sits inside my wound and does not dry out. What is it? And what can I do to help my wound heal? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      What you are seeing is not pus but rather is what we call fibrinous slough (pronounced "sluff"). When you have a wound that opens, your body secretes fibrin to try to pull the edges together. It also secretes a liquid called serum which contains many things including white cells, and proteins. This stuff gets thicker (like when your mom makes a roast and it sits in the pan and the fat congeals into a white slimy ,material), in the attempt to protect the wound from getting dry. Dry is bad for wounds as it creates a scab. If you understand that wounds heal by filling in from the bottom and also by having the elastic edges pull it together, then you can see why having the air form a scab (think big, hard, dry rock) in the wound would prevent and slow down healing, not help it. Letting the air get to wounds to heal them is an old wives tale and scientifically a bad idea. You should just apply the antibacterial ointment and cover with a non-adherent dressing changing it every other day. Hydrogen Peroxide is actually toxic to healing tissues so stop that. The slough will eventually be reabsorbed as new tissu fills in the wound

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to care for a cat bite?
    My boyfriend attempted to pick up what we think is a feral kitten that was roaming our neighborhood. It scratched his hands, and bit him. He scrubbed with soap for about 5 minutes, and we put antibiotic ointment on the wounds. We can't really afford to see a doctor. Does anyone have any good ideas for preventing infection/ disease?

    • ANSWER:
      From a first aid standpoint, you did perfect--soap & water is the BEST cleanser (American Academy of ER Docs); however, cat bites get notoriously infected with an organism called Pasturella which must be treated by Augmentum, (an antibiotic). This infection occurs really rapidly so you will know if you are going to get this within 24-48 hours. The wound will become VERY sore, red, puffy with pus. You must get this treated at a clinic or ER--nothing will cure this that you can do at home.
      2. Is his tetanus up to date? Must be within 10 years. You can get this within 48 hours of the wound at any clinic.
      3. Is rabies in your area? Unfortunately, cats are fairly big carriers of rabies along with bats. Call the animal services in the area or even your health dept. They may have to trap the cats (sorry--but rabies is fatal) and examine them.

      Otherwise, keep the wound clean (soap & water are fine--you do not need to get fancy) and covered with loose gauze and keep antibiotic ointment on it (any kind)--this keeps the wound moist to optimize healing. Do not use bandaids. Again, any signs of infection--he needs treatment immediately!

  41. QUESTION:
    does anyone know where i can purchase a product called thura-zinc oxide ointment?
    it is used on open wounds on horses. my vet gave me some but i can't find a store that sells it.
    i would just like to have some on hand just in case i need it.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.imed.com/shop/detail.cfm/sku/K0924/rfr/NEX

      this is a good Zinc Oxide. I use this when ever.
      I could not find anything with the thura-zinc oxide ointment in it.

  42. QUESTION:
    What did people in the Regency era use as bandaid back then?
    We use bandaid to cover small wounds--what did they use?

    • ANSWER:
      For small cuts (what we would use a bandaid for), they used sticking plasters or sometimes a honey and oil ointment. For a long time they thought butter was good for burns which we know now is wrong.

      For wounds, they often splashed alcohol on them before wrapping a bandage around them. They used various herb poultices to draw out infection.

      Penicillin was unknown at this time and antiseptics were not widely used. A lot of people died from infection. Until Florence Nightingale revolutioned nursing, cleanliness was not thought to be necessary.

      By the way, Florence Nightingale did not believe in germs. She never ever saw a germ in her life. She DID believe in clean. Soldiers put in her care had a 70% survival rate over those who were not.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of a boil that keeps filling up with blood?
    I was recently pregnant and developed a boil on my inner thigh/butt area and it constantly fills up and then drains blood on its own within a few days. It will be flat and then fill up again within a matter of weeks and drain and bleed again. This has been going on for about 6 months. My doctor said it was a skin tag but I'm sure skin tags don't fill with blood, become painful, then drain and refill. It has also spread to the opposite thigh and another boil does the same thing, but not nearly as much. I'm sick of repeating the process and covering it with bandaids and ointment. How can I make it go away for good? Without popping with a needle? What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Boils are caused by staph. Causes are diabetes, being overweight, immune system problems, poor nutrition, and poor hygiene.

      For pain, wet a washcloth with hot water. Make it as hot as you can stand it. Hold it on the area. Always soak it in warm water. Take hot baths often, but not too hot. Use compresses. This will decrease pain and draw pus to the surface. Do not pop it with a needle. When the boil starts draining, wash it with a gentle antibacterial soap. It will eventually burst after repeated soakings. If you let it happen naturally, there won't be any pain. Then apply ointment and a bandaid. (Don't do this as the first step.)

      To prevent boils, wash clothes and bedding well and regularly. Clean and treat minor wounds. Good hygiene. Stay healthy!

      If none of this works, go to a dermatologist.

  44. QUESTION:
    What should I keep in a first aid kit for a horse?
    A recommended first aid kit for a horse includes:
    elastic pressure bandages, cotton padding, gauze pads, a liquid would cleanser, antibiotic ointment, a drawing salve, and scissors.

    Could someone please explain how to use each individual item in this, or if you have a different first aid kit you use, could you tell me what sort of stuff is in your first aid kit, and how you use it?

    • ANSWER:
      The pressure bandages and cotton padding go together. If a horse is wounded on the lower part of their leg, or if they get a tendon injury your vet may suggest wrapping it. The cotton gets wrapped loosely around the leg and the elastic pressure bandage is wrapped firmly (but not tightly) around the padding. The best thing you can do is to get a friend or trainer to show you how to wrap a horse's leg before you ever NEED to. Bandaging can lead to more problems if it isn't done properly. The scissors are sometimes necessary to cut the bandages off, especially if you're using disposable bandages (such as vetrap).

      A "liquid cleanser" refers to something like Betadine or a similar antibiotic that is used to rinse out a wound. Antibiotic ointment and gauze pads are self explanatory. . . I think the "drawing salve" refers to a poultice. It is a clay-like substance that can be smeared on a swollen limb or joint. You then wrap the poultice in damp paper and bandage over it. The poultice helps to "draw out" and reduce the swelling.

      You should also have a thermometer (and vasoline to lubricate the thermometer) and epson salts (used to draw out an abcess when mixed with water).

      I've owned horses for nearly 15 years and these are the items that I have and use. You can get other items, but I don't think you'll need them (or at least need them before they expire - it's better to get anything else as it becomes necessary)

  45. QUESTION:
    what can I do for the rash from concrete?
    I work in the construction business and have been dealing with a rash on both arms. The itch is intense and it takes for ever for the wounds to heal. I have applied cortisone cream and calamine spray to stop the itching. Is there anything else that I can do to clear this up besides quit my job.

    • ANSWER:
      A&D ointment may help it heal faster.

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I get my cat's wound to close up quicker?
    About a week ago I adopted a cat from the shelter who had been a stray. She has a very sweet disposition but she has an open wound on her side, probably from being beat up on by a bigger cat. I cleaned the wound with warm water, made sure that no hair could get into it, and then I put antibiotic ointment on it, put guaze on that, and wrapped it with a material that's kind of like the wrap that casts are made of only it sticks to itself without having to get it wet. But, she keeps running around and playing and pulling it off and the wound has still not scabbed over. Is there something special (more so than what I already did) to help her wound close quicker? It's a very shallow wound so it should've at least started to scab over by now.

    • ANSWER:
      I think wounds do heal better when exposed to air, bandaging keeps them soft and they don't close up.

      You can use calendula cream from the health foods store. It will seal up the wound very fast - so fast in fact that you must be sure there is no infection present when you use it as you will seal the infection in. It is not harmful to the cat if she licks it.

  47. QUESTION:
    What does triple antibiotic protection really do?
    I see this product everywher. What does it do to cuts? Can you see a difference? What if you use it more than 1week ? Do you cover the cut after at all times after or let it uncovered alsom How to care for a cut after the week of ointment is up? Or do you just leave alone? Just wondering in case i ever get a cut/wound ill be prepared .
    Please no rude answers
    Please help and thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Triple antibiotic ointment is a topical solution containing three antibiotics — bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B sulfates — that is used to prevent infection and heal wounds. The combination of antibiotics works to kill bacteria on the surface of the skin, keeping open wounds free of germs that could cause infection.The ointment is sold as a gel or as an antibiotic cream.
      The trio of antibiotics that work together in this ointment kill germs by weakening their cellular walls. They also slow down the protein synthesis process in the bacteria. Both factors cause bacteria cells to die off, which helps keep a wound clean and stave off infection.

      Triple antibiotic ointment is designed to be used for minor injuries. It is meant to be applied to small nicks, scrapes, and cuts and is not intended for use on severe burns, deep wounds, or animal bites. People who are allergic to any of the three antibiotics should avoid this ointment.

      Generally, a patient will wash the affected area with soap and water and dry it thoroughly before reapplying the ointment. The wound is often covered with a bandage to add another layer of protection to the sensitive area.
      The ointment should not be used for more than one week as bacteria get resistance to its antibiotic property.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I heal the skin on my nose?
    For the last three months there has been a place on my nose that has been scabbing over and then the scab comes off and then it re-scabs and then I try a cream and band-aids and it still does this, and then I use a different cream or ointment and it does it again, and on and on. The way it came about makes my feel that there's a deeper problem to this. It's not from a wart or a pimple, but the skin there became different of a different texture. No discoloration though. Then the initial chafing and scabbing. I would accept any answer. I'm curious about a homeopathic answer.

    • ANSWER:
      I recently discovered Melaleuca oil. It is a natural antiseptic. It is good for sooo many things. My first testimonial about it is when my son had a very itchy rash on his back and I decided to try the oil and it stopped itching almost instantly after I applied it. If you want to find it, it is on their website, melaleuca.com It is safe to put on open wounds, even in your mouth. It is in all of their products, including their toothpaste. If I were you, I would try it. It sounds kinda odd that the sore keeps coming back. Take care! By the way, I've heard that the oil helps rosacea.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is too much isopropyl alcohol on a wound bad?
    I scratched a patch of my foot raw in my sleep and have been cleaning it with alcohol (yes it hurts like a mother...) and then putting triple antibiotic ointment three times a day for close to two weeks now. Can the repeated use of alcohol be bad for it? Btw, it is still basically raw, hasn't healed much.

    • ANSWER:
      You are not supposed to put alcohol on open wounds... that's what peroxide is for.

      It's not just about pain but alcohol on open would can lead to infection due to how cells react to alcohol. It can also kill the new cells trying to heal the wound.

  50. QUESTION:
    Why do Christians go to hospitals or school?
    What, prayer can't teach you anything or heal your wounds? Why can't you just pray for those things; then you could convert all those science "classrooms" into wonderful churches! Is it because prayer doesn't actually do anything?

    • ANSWER:
      [1. physician: medical doctor, doctor of medicine, general practitioner (US, dated) [GP], surgeon.]

      King James Version Bible

      2 John Chapter 1

      3. Grace be with you, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

      Genesis Chapter 6

      3. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

      Colossians Chapter 4

      14. Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

      Luke Chapter 10

      33. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion [on him],

      34. And went to [him], and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

      Ezekiel Chapter 47

      12. And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.

      1 Timothy Chapter 5

      23. Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

      Jeremiah Chapter 8

      22. [Is there] no balm in Gilead; [is there] no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

      Isaiah Chapter 1

      5. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

      6. From the sole of the foot even unto the head [there is] no soundness in it; [but] wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

      [An allusion as to this person should have sought medical attention.]

      2 Chronicles Chapter 16

      12. And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease [was] exceeding [great]: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

      13. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

      [Asa’s folly is was that he only wanted help with the physicians but not from God.]

      James Chapter 5

      13. Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

      14. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

      15. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

      Mark Chapter 5

      25. And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,

      26. And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,

      27. When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

      28. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.

      29. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in [her] body that she was healed of that plague.

      30. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

      31. And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

      32. And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

      33. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

      34. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.

      Mark Chapter 8

      12. And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.

      [Again, in summary a person can seek medical help but cannot exclude Jesus Christ. Yes, He can help those that are sick but we also have been commanded to help our neighbors. Do not expect any visually, world-seeing, miracles unto the Great Tribulation. Seek medical attention and pray earnestly to the Redeemer.]


wounds ointments

Cure For Sore Breasts After Giving Birth

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a good cure for sore breasts after giving birth?
    My girlfriend just gave birth to our second child (a beautiful little girl named Amy-lee.) on the 22nd. Her breasts are really big (don't mind that!) & sore (would like to ease the pain for her, even just a little).
    just wondered if anyone had come across anything that worked for them or has heard of anything that might work?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Use cold cabbage leaves. Refrigerate a cabbage and pull the leaves off whole, and have her put them in her bra. It really works and it's more inexpensive than those cold pads they sell. I've been there, and it's really painful when your milk comes in. It'll get better! Good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    I have a rash around my nipples that is sore and itches. I called the doctor, but can I breast feed?
    The doctor's office does not open until 9:30 and the baby needs to eat. I am scared to breast feed, because I don't want to harm my baby. Is it safe to feed him. Has anyone had this happen.

    • ANSWER:
      if you have a rash around your nipples i wouldnt breastfeed. try supplementing with formula for the time being. just wait til you get the ok from your doctor thats its safe to breastfeed without passing something on to your baby. its better to be safe than sorry. if your baby is hungry, again.... supplement with formula until you get checked out.. then again it very well could be just thrush.

      Thrush is a common and harmless yeast infection in a baby's mouth that can affect your nipples during breastfeeding. Yeast is a normal part of everyone's digestive system, but when there's an overgrowth, an infection sets in.

      Many infants first come in contact with yeast as they travel down the birth canal (you can have a vaginal yeast infection during pregnancy and not be aware of it). After your baby is born, or during labor and delivery, antibiotics taken by you or your baby can trigger a case of thrush. That's because antibiotics, which get into your breast milk, kill off "good" bacteria that keep yeast in check.

      So, for example, a baby delivered by c-section can develop a yeast infection if his mother is given antibiotics right after surgery. Similarly, antibiotics given to moms during labor for group B strep can also set the stage for an infection.

      Your baby can pass thrush on to you, so it's important to seek treatment for yourself and your baby at the same time. Otherwise, you may pass the infection back and forth.

      Sometimes it's hard to pinpoint any one cause of thrush. Some women and babies are simply more susceptible than others to yeast. It thrives in warm, moist, sugary environments, and that's exactly what your baby's mouth and your nipples provide during nursing.

      Some common signs of a yeast infection in nursing mothers are:
      itchy, pink, red, shiny, or burning nipples (may be cracked) (Note that pink, tender nipples can also be a sign of a bacterial infection, or dermatitis, which should be diagnosed and treated by a dermatologist.)
      deep, shooting breast pain during or after feedings
      a vaginal yeast infection

      Most young babies have symptoms, but older babies might not. Those who do may:
      have white patches on the inside of the lips and cheeks that look like cottage cheese and aren't easily washed off. If you notice a white coating on your baby's tongue but nowhere else, it's probably just milk residue.
      cry when nursing or sucking on a pacifier or bottle. The white patches mentioned above may be painful and make feeding uncomfortable if the infection is severe.
      have raised, patchy bright or dark red diaper rash with distinct borders. Small, red spots frequently appear around the edges of the main rash. The affected area is red and may be tender or painful, and the rash can creep into the folds of skin around your child's genitals and legs. It almost never appears on the buttocks.

      If you suspect thrush, contact your healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment. Thrush should only take a few days to cure if the treatment is effective and/or aggressive, and you and your baby need to be treated at the same time.

      Your provider may recommend that you apply an antifungal prescription medication cream called Nystatin to your nipples to treat the yeast on your breasts so that you and your baby won't pass the infection back and forth. Or she may recommend applying an over-the-counter antifungal cream like Lotrimin or Monistat to your nipples after every nursing for a week to ten days. If you're still in pain after this treatment, you may be prescribed a more potent antifungal medicine like oral Diflucan.

      To ease any deep breast pain, you may want to take 600 mgs of ibuprofen every six hours (maximum of 1,200 mgs over 24 hours) until the worst is over and your treatment starts working.

      To treat your baby's thrush, your pediatrician will likely prescribe Nystatin. You'll "paint" the medicine on the white patches with the enclosed applicator (or your finger) several times a day for ten days. Be sure to give the Nystatin after nursing so the medicine will stay in your baby's mouth longer. It may take a week to clear up the infection.

      If the infection doesn't seem to be clearing up, call your doctor. Some babies with thrush also develop a yeast diaper infection. If that happens, your doctor can prescribe a fungal cream medication to use in the diaper area.

      If you want to try alternative therapies, some lactation consultants and nursing-friendly physicians recommend applying gentian violet to your baby's mouth. Gentian violet is a dye that will stain anything it comes in contact with. It's much more effective than Nystatin because it penetrates mucous membranes and kills yeast on contact.

      If you'd like to try this method:
      Buy a 1 percent gentian violet solution. You can find the dye at many drugstores or order it from the pharmacy. A 1-ounce bottle should cost around .
      Use a cotton swab to coat the inside of your baby's mouth. Have someone help you by holding your baby's head and hands while you swab the insides of his lips, cheeks, and tongue.
      To avoid stains while applying the gentian violet, undress your baby from the waist up and protect the surface underneath him with a towel that you don't mind getting stains on.
      When you nurse your baby, some dye may get on your nipples, which is perfectly safe. (There's no need to coat your own nipples, though.)
      Do this once or twice a day for no more than three days.

      In the meantime, wash all toys, pacifiers, and breast pump parts and sterilize them in an electric steam sterilizer or in boiling water for 20 minutes after each use, to avoid reinfecting you or your baby. For the same reason, wash your hands frequently, especially after feedings.

      You may want to add lactobacillus acidophilus to your diet to recolonize your digestive tract with the friendly bacteria that keep yeast in check. Look for yogurt that says it contains live lactobacillus acidophilis cultures, or take it in pill form (40 million units per day). Exposing your breasts to sunshine and letting your nipples air-dry between feedings may also help.

      Some moms find the pain so excruciating that they can barely stand to nurse their baby. If that's the case, pumping may be more comfortable until your nipples are more healed.

      BEFORE DOING ANYTHING THOUGH, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR AND YOUR CHILD'S PEDIATRICIAN
      http://www.babycenter.com/0_thrush-in-breastfeeding-moms_8486.bc?articleId=8486&page=1

  3. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have Aids or Hiv?
    I just got sick fourdays ago, then i have sore throats but now i have this lump in my leg its red and it hurts but it doesnt itch... that dat mean i have HIV or AIDS? I had sex twice with the same guy but both of us really didnt cum...

    • ANSWER:
      Jessica,
      As your question is referencing HIV/Aids, you might be advised to disregard the answer given by Jason as it deals with Herpes. I gave part of the following answer to a similar question recently, and I repeat it here for your information. Antibodies are the body's response to an infection. So if a person has antibodies to HIV in their blood, it means they have been infected with HIV. There are only two exceptions to this rule. Firstly, babies born to positive mothers retain their mother's antibodies for up to 18 months, which means they may test positive on an HIV antibody test, even if they are actually HIV negative. This is why babies born to positive mothers may receive a PCR test after birth. Secondly, some people who have taken part in HIV vaccine trials may have HIV antibodies even if they are not infected with the virus. Most people develop detectable HIV antibodies within 6 to 12 weeks of infection. In very rare cases, it can take up to 6 months. It is exceedingly unlikely that someone would take longer than 6 months to develop antibodies. Getting tested earlier than 3 months may result in an unclear test result, as an infected person may not yet have developed antibodies to HIV. The time between infection and the development of antibodies is called the window period. During the window period people infected with HIV will not yet have antibodies in their blood that can be detected by an HIV test. However, the person may already have high levels of HIV in their blood, sexual fluids or breast milk. Someone can transmit HIV to another person during the window period even though they do not test positive on an antibody test. So it is best to wait for at least 3 months after the last time you were at risk before taking the test, and abstain from unprotected sex or drug use with shared needles in the meantime. Some test centres may recommend testing again at 6 months if you're deemed to be at particularly high risk of infection. It is also important that you are not exposed to further risk of getting infected with HIV during the window period. The test is only accurate if there are no other exposures between the time of possible exposure to HIV and testing. A negative test at three months will almost always mean a person is not infected with HIV. If an individual's test is still negative at six months and they have not had unprotected sex or shared needles again in the meantime, it means that they do not have HIV, and will not therefore go on to develop AIDS.
      NOTE:- The only way to know for sure whether you are infected with HIV is to have an HIV antibody test. It is not possible to tell from any symptoms.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  4. QUESTION:
    hard roundish ball behind my right nipple?
    I haven't started puberty yet...

    It hurts to press but it's not sore if you don't touch it. Please help I'm scared I have a nipple cancer!

    • ANSWER:
      It is nothing but a pre-puberty symptoms. No cancer et all.

      MENSES*
      1. Every young girl/spinster/woman must know the significance of Menses cycles, regularity of maintenance with the aid of acupressure techniques & to maintain ‘the best of woman’s health’ for life. The success depends up on the extent of compliance of all stipulated instructions.
      Menses------- is nothing but the God's Special gift given to the female. It is one of the routes of excretion of toxins, pus cells, dead cells running to millions produced during Catabolism [part of metabolism on daily basis], bad blood, bacteria, viruses, hormonal discharges, etc.
      So long as a female passes through regular menses right from puberty to menopause, she will be well balanced, pretty with natural and healthy glow, good moods of love and affection, excellent immunity/disease resistance power, excellent growth in height up to 21st birthday, etc.
      Irregular periods/heavy periods may be an offshoot of hormonal imbalance, psychological disturbances, indiscriminate consumption of birth control pills, steroids for other causes like allergy, thyroid problems, asthma/bronchitis, etc.
      By and large, the menses cycle ranges from 3 weeks to 5 weeks as and when it is regular. In certain ladies, it is not regular. It can be regulated just in 5 days. During menses, it is advisable to take maximum rest.
      [a]. Ur [Menses related gonads]-remote control-Acupressure points are located in Ur wrists and ankles on both sides to be activated for regulating Ur menses cycle.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      To activate Ur gonads—13 [vagina], No.14 [uterus]. No.15 [Testes & Ovaries] All these points are located in both wrists and ankles.
      Palms/Soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      By virtue of regular menses cycles, girls may grow in height up to 21st birth day with aesthetically designed boobs, the study says
      [b]. Eat dry/raw coconut + jaggery, sweets and Laddu made of dry fruits daily one or two. They ensure good strength to the boobs vis-a-vis big size with aesthetic shapes. Hence, most of the Indian women don’t have the problem of small boobs.
      Detection, prevention & cure for lumps/abscesses in the breast.
      Dorsal side of Palms & soles:
      In the middle of dorsal side of Ur palm, the remote control point for the breast is given, in the maps with links published hereunder. On hard pressing by Ur thumb and middle finger, if it hurts, U may feel that U/she have/has blocked energy + toxins in the breast. If U press the surrounding area on both palms regularly three times a day and then breast cancer shall not grow further and any abscess/boil/infection gets dissolved automatically. Acupressure & Indian Natural Remedies can cure breast cancer safely & totally.

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a…
      Cure is available by Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies.

      3. Regular menses with the best of Health for life? Yes, Acupressure & Natural Remedies may solve Ur problem of irregular Menses.
      ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function upto optimal levels.

      With Ur thumb, press Ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to join ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health problem.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  5. QUESTION:
    Ive just taken my period, and its really sore...any tips on how to help soothe the pain?
    Taken Paracetemol and have a hot water bottle
    Thanks for all the tips!!!!!!
    and for all the people that keep askin how you take a period.......it's a figure of speech!!!
    and for all the people that keep askin how you take a period.......it's a figure of speech!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Contrary to popular belief period pains are not something you have to suffer, unfortanatly society teaches us to be ashamed of our periods so we don't like to think about it let alone learn about it. Periods are only as good or as bad as you make them, the more you know the easier they are because you learn things such as how to prevent period pains all together.

      Avoid pain killers for a start, as well as actually not doing anything to sort the problem out your body can build up an immunity and over time it can actually make the pains worse - use clary sage.

      Here are some suggestions, you never know you may not have tried one of these and it may be something that works - go looking online or through books at your local library.

      • Clary Sage - Cure.
      Use this instead of painkillers!

      Clary sage essential oil, this is something you can find in any speciality store that sells essential oils. It naturally supports estrogen production and acting on the pituitary gland helps to regulate menstrual disorders and is useful during menopause, so it is good for PMS, menstrual pain, regulating menstruation, and well also sooth swollen breasts.
      Usually when used for painful periods you use the essential oil of clary sage applied neat to your abdomen and gently massaged in, if it's too strong for you neat, dilute it a little bit with some vegetable oil

      • Cell-salts - pevention and cure.

      Cell-salts are a natural mineral that your body needs for basic functioning, if you are lacking in these then this can affect all sorts of things in your body, you can take these daily to help prevent menstrual cramps all together or you can take them when you get cramps upping the does every 5-10 minutes until the pain goes away. Wikipedia explains cell salts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_salts

      • Herbal teas - prevention and cure.

      Herbal methods have been used for a very long time and are still popular, as well as dealing with menstrual pains they can also be used for other menstrual problem such as PMS, reducing menstrual flow, inducing your periods, reducing bloating and regulating your menstrual cycle, most herbs used for menstrual problems can help with general menstrual health that will in turn also help your menstrual cramps.
      Most of these can be bought in tea-bag form from health stores and supermarkets, some stores also stock 'women's blends' that are good for all around women's health, although fresh is best it can sometimes mean having to check how to best prepare the herb, it should also be noted that herbal teas should never be boiled as this affects the potency of the herb.
      You may also want to check to see if you can use herbs if you suffer any health problems or if you are using hormonal birth control.

      Herbs to use for menstrual cramps;
      - Rasberry leaf
      - Yarrow
      - Lemon balm
      - Black Haw
      - Blessed thistle
      - Camomile
      - Wild marjoram
      - Red raspberry
      - Wild strawberry
      - Valerian
      - Blue cohosh
      - Dong quai

      Another herbal treatment which is very much recomended would be evening primrose oil, most health stores and supermarkets stock this as it is a good all-round women's health suppliment. Evening primrose oil helps to regulate hormones meaning that it can help to prevent menstrual cramps as well as other menstrual problems such as PMS.

      • Don't use tampons - prevention and cure.

      Tampons are very bad for vaginal health in that they prevent normal vaginal cleaning, cause vaginal splitting and give bacteria the perfect place to multiply, as well as this commercial brands contain chemicals that can interfear with vaginal pH, bad vaginal health can lead to problems such as menstrual cramps. As well as this tampons expand that can increase bloating that contributes to menstrual pains, many brands will also expand lengthways into your cervix adding to cramping.
      Information on tampon health issues from Spotsite - http://www.spotsite.org
      Instead of using tampons switch to menstrual cups, as well as there other benifits over tampons menstrual cups are far safer than tampons and don't cause cramping - most women who switch from tampons to cups find menstrual cramps and menstrual flow reduce - http://www.menstrualcups.org
      If you do wish to use tampons then use safer options such as organic cotton tampons Natracare http://www.natracare.com or sponge tampons like Jade&Pearl http://jadeandpearl.com as these are made out of natural materials and do not contain chemicals so better for vaginal health.
      If you use pads then I'd suggest switching to organic cotton pads such as Natracare or Lunapads http://www.lunapads.com as although this will not help with menstrual cramps because they are natural and do not contain chemicals it means that they are far more comfortable so can make a huge difference for women with menstrual problems such as menstrual cramps.

      • Diet - prevention.

      Avoid salty foods and alcohol as these can increase boating by retaining water as well as making you feel sluggish that can make period pains worse, drinking a lot of water can help you avoid bloating as well as helps with migraines and headaches brought on by menstruation - adding lemon juice to the water will also help as this is a natural diuretic.
      Eat a lot of greens this will help improve general health as well as give you a pick-me-up during menstruation, fruit such as banana and strawberry is good too.
      Avoid foods such as dairy and caffeine as these can cause a lot of problems for people particularly during menstruation when they can increase menstrual cramps for a lot of people - soy is also one that you should avoid as this is notorious for causing menstrual pains.
      It may be worth taking a food alergy test/food intolerance test because any foods causing problems with your body on the whole can in turn affect menstruation and your menstrual cycle - this can be expensive, but keep an eye out for some health stores that will from time to time offer free testing.
      Increase your intake of magnesium, calcium, and potassium, also couple with zinc to help your body absorb these easier - these are all things needed by your body to help the uterus lining shed - also Omega 3 & 6, Multi B with high B6 and B13, vitamin E is also a good anti-inflammatory.

      • Take up yoga - cure.

      Yoga is a very good exercise tip because as well as being gentle exercise it also has stretching that can help even further, yoga poses that stretch the abdomen - like upward dog are of great help.
      Breathing exercises are also part of yoga and good as a general idea to help with menstrual cramps, some people find this a little strange, that breathing is something we do naturally anyway, however we often get out of practice and taking the time to understand how your body moves as you breath and mental exercise can help calm you down.
      Try the book 'Yoga for a health menstrual cycle' by Linda Sparrowe and Patricia Walden, or there are a lot of online information about yoga and menstrual cramps for example this video with postures that would help you - http://www.videojug.com/film/yoga-postures-for-menstrual-pain-relief - general stretching of your abdomen will help you a lot too.

      • Take a bath - cure.

      It's simple enough, a bath will help to relax you as well as give you some warmth that will help ease off your menstrual pains, taking a warm bath can also help increase menstruation or induce menstruation if you find yourself with menstrual cramps but a stubbon period that won't show itself.
      Avoid things that can harm your vagina like bubble bath, instead try some nice plain bath salts and/or essential oils - I recomend lavender oil or try for some relaxation blends.

      • Sex - cure.

      During orgasm it is believed that a hormone which causes uterine contractions is released calls Oxytocin, which can help to push out menstrual material. The relaxation and improved circulation to the pelvic area after sex can also ease period pain. Although masturbation during menstruation can be messy there is no reason to avoid it, using a towel over your bed, having sex in the shower, or using softcups or soft tampons are all options for mess free during your period.

      • Acupressure/acupuncture - prevention and cure.

      Although it might be too expensive for you to go to a therapist for this you may want to get yourself a basic book on acupressure/acupuncture to teach yourself some basics to help with your cramps. The acupressure/acupuncture points that should be stimulated for menstrual cramps are: BL24 (Qihaishu), BL25 (Dachangshu), BL30 (Baihuanshu), BL31 (Shangliao), BL32 (Ciliao), BL34 (Xialiao), CV2 (Qugu), CV6 (Qihai), KI5 (Shuiquan), and KI6 (Zhao Hai). You can find the locations of these points here - http://www.acuxo.com/selections.asp?question=OBGYN&firstResponse=Menstruation&sec

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the spice cinnamon used for in health matters eg: cinnamon, honey and hot water?

    • ANSWER:
      Cinnamon leaves are used in the form of powder or decoction. They are stimulant and useful in relieving flatulence and in increasing secretion and discharge of urine. Cinnamon prevents nervous tension, improves complexion and memory. A pinch of cinnamon powder mixed with honey does the trick if taken regularly every night for these purposes.

      Common Cold
      Cinnamon is an effective remedy for common cold. Coarsely powdered and boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder and honey, it can be beneficially used as medicine in cases of influenza, sore throat, and malaria. Its regular use during the rainy season prevents attacks of influenza. Cinnamon oil, mixed with honey, gives relief from cold.

      Digestive Disorders
      Cinnamon checks nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It stimulates digestion. A tablespoon of cinnamon water, prepared as for cold and taken half an hour after meals, relieves flatulence and indigestion.

      Bad breath
      Cinnamon serves as a good mouth freshener.

      Headache
      Headache produced by exposure to cold air is readily cured by applying a paste of finely powdered cinnamon mixed in water on the temples and forehead.

      Acne
      Paste of cinnamon powder prepared with a few drops of fresh lime juice can be applied over pimples and blackheads with beneficial results.

      Other Diseases
      Cinnamon is highly beneficial in the treatment of several other ailments, including spasmodic afflictions, asthma, paralysis, excessive menstruation, uterus disorders and gonorrhea. It is sometimes used as a prophylactic agent, to control German measles.

      Other Uses
      Natural Birth-Control: Cinnamon can be used for natural birth-control. It has the remarkable effect of checking the early release of ova after child-birth. A piece of cinnamon taken every night for a month after child-birth delays menstruation for more than 15 to 20 months thus preventing early conception. It indirectly helps the secretion of breast milk. Prolonged breast feeding checks the restarting of menstruation after child-birth, according to studies.

      Dried cinnamon leaves and inner bark are used for flavoring cakes and sweets and in curry powder. They are also used in incense, dentifrices and perfumes. Cinnamon bark oil is used for flavoring confectionery and liqueurs. It is also used in pharmaceutical and dental preparations. Cinnamon leaf oil is used in perfumes and flavorings as also in the synthesis of vanillin.

      Cinnamon has been used to alleviate indigestion, stomach cramps, intestinal spasms, nausea, and flatulence, and to improve the appetite, and treat diarrhea.

      In folk medicine it was used for treating rheumatism and other inflammations. Its mild anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and anti-clotting properties are believed to be due to its content of cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamon extracts are active against Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for vaginal yeast infection, and also Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium responsible for stomach ulcers. The antimicrobial properties of cinnamon are thought to be due to eugenol and a derivative of cinnamaldehyde.

      Cinnamon extracts have also inhibited the growth of cultured tumor cells. This effect may be due to the presence of procyanidins and eugenol in the bark extract. Cinnamon is also useful as a food preservative to inhibit the growth of common food-borne bacteria such as Salmonella and E coli.

  7. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies pleeease ?
    i have itchy and sore nipples. they arent too bad but they can be really irritating at times. it itches badly occasionally. and sometimes they go all soft like i never had the soreness. are there any safe home remedies to cure this?

    thanks
    :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is a fungus that is already present in our systems and the only way it causes an infection is through multiplication and apart from moist and warm conditions, there are other factors that cause it to grow. Candida albicans is the name given to yeast scientifically and it is also known as monilia. It is known to be a persistent organism which has the capacity to make life very uncomfortable. There are fundamentals that you need to know about yeast.

      Firstly, breast yeast infection can be caused by a breastfeeding baby who might have a yeast condition in the mouth or an oral thrush. Very young children are very vulnerable to infections because there is no maturity or balance of organisms in their mouth. This means that, a mature person who is in good health has certain helpful bacteria which check the population of yeast in the mouth and, usually, there will be no yeast overgrowth and as a result, many people stay healthy until other factors come to play. The first factor that may predispose a child to causing an infection on the mother is the use of antibiotics.

      The baby might have an infection which requires the use of antibiotics and since the drugs kill bacteria in the body, there will be no helpful bacteria left and the infection is inevitable. To avoid this kind of breast yeast infection, the mother or caregiver, is advised to have a doctor recommend an anti fungal drug like nystatin which will ensure the baby does not develop thrush which can later be passed on to the mother. It is very vital for a mother to be very keen and observe every change not only in the mouth of the baby but, the whole body. It will help in detecting any fungal infection.

      Away from blaming the baby, breast yeast infection can be caused by factors to do with the mother. The first one is the use of antibiotics and other drugs. The same way the helpful bacteria are killed by the drugs in babies, the mother will find herself prone to infection and they might affect any part of the body including vagina, skin, mouth and the breasts. Such drugs should be taken after a thorough consideration of all the factors and risks involved. There are other drugs like birth control pills which will cause an infection. They interfere with normal functions of the hormones and cause infections.

      Another thing that will cause breast yeast infection is poor health and low immunity among other factors. The main symptoms that might inform you of an infection include sore nipples, burning sensation, itchy episodes of the breast and pain associated with scratching. If you notice some of this signs, you need to visit your health professional who will inquire all about your condition and have a proper and accurate diagnosis done. Your medication should be safe and it will definitely be anti fungal.

      TC...

  8. QUESTION:
    i neeed help about birth control?
    hello.
    im 15 and i want to get on birth control.
    im going to planned parent hoood.
    can anyone tell me what to expect?
    and also does it matter that i have and irregular period.
    last time i got it it was in july.
    will that effect it?
    i want the pilll.
    when do you get it?
    please help!!!!
    :]
    tell about your experiances.
    lol.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, since you're 15, I'm going to give you all the basic details since you probably don't know much about it.

      Birth controls pills work by supressing ovulation, meaning it stops you from releasing eggs. The pill makes your body think it's already pregnant, so it doesn't release anymore eggs. Because your body thinks it's pregnant, you may have some side effects that mimic pregnancy, such as sore breasts, stomach cramps, headaches, nausea, etc.

      Many women also experience 'breakthrough bleeding' which means that you can bleed throughout the month, not just when you have your period. It took me about 5 pills before I got on one that didn't cause this for me.

      There are also more severe side effects, such as heart attacks, strokes, some forms of cancer, and blood clots, to name a few. They are rare, but they can happen. The risks increase as you get older, and they pretty much skyrocket if you smoke. If you smoke, DO NOT take the pill. Either quit smoking, or find a different method of birth control.

      In a pill pack, you will get a 28-day supply. Three weeks of it is the pill, then you have one week of placebo pills (they're basically empty...they have none of the hormones in them). When you take the placebo pills, that's when you'll have your period. You don't actually have to take the placebo pills, but they put them in there because it's usually easier for women to remember to take their pill if they are taking one everyday.

      As for your irregular periods, going on the pill will likely regulate your periods, meaning you will get it every 28 days, because the pills are pretty much forcing that. The pill helps some with acne, but not all.

      The pill is about 99% effective, if you take it properly. That means NEVER forgetting to take a pill, and taking it at the same time everyday.

      In real life, with people forgetting their pills occasionally and not taking them at the same time, the effective rate is lower, but still usually in the 90%+ range. Still, it's not foolproof, and it's still possible to get pregnant.

      If you forget to take one pill, you're likely still protected, but if you miss two pills in a row, you need to use a backup method of birth control for the next week. If you forget one pill often, say more than once a month or so, then you need to find a different method of birth control.

      Keep in mind, that at 15, you will likely not be in a very serious and monogomous relationship, and the pill does NOT protect you against ANYTHING except pregnancy. AIDS is probably the most serious risk out there, but it's not exceedingly common...meaning it's not likely you'd contract it by having sex with one person (still possible though).

      However, genital herpes is VERY VERY common, with about 1 in 4 having it. So basically, if you have sex, there's about a 25% chance that your partner has it. And there's no way you can tell. Outbreaks aren't happening all the time, so it's likely you won't see any sores, but the disease can still be passed to you.

      Scary, I know, but it's the hard truth. And if you are old enough to handle sex, then you are old enough to handle the not-so-sexy-details.

      Herpes is usually not life-threatening, but the sores are very painful (my sister has it), and it is PERMANENT. There is NO cure for herpes. And you will have to tell every man you get into a relationship with your embarrassing little secret.

      So the pill can be good when you are in a serious relationship and you are sure both people have no diseases, but as a teen, there's no way to guarantee that. So condoms are still a MUST, every single time you have sex.

  9. QUESTION:
    breast pain after pregnancy?
    I just gave birth to my fifth child and ive never had my breast so sore , i read it could be a clogged milk duct, but every site i go to for answers is about curing it by breastfeading, and i am not , anyone have any ideas/

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Soreness under left rib and breast after giving birth 5 months ago?
    I've been having the most annoying pain under my left breast after giving birth. It comes and goes but it really actually hurts. It almost feels like a strain. The funny thing is is that i didnt breast and my milk is still leaking. I've also felt the same strain in between my shoulder blade and the top of my breast all on the left side. I'be been to the doctors twice and all the could say was that it was possibly a strain and just take it easy. They prescribed me pain meds and muscle relaxers but in all fairness they didn't answer my question of what was going on because it only gave me temporary relief. If there's anyone who has experience this please let me know and would like to know what did you do?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask for an xray! I once had rib pain for months, I had an xray when it started, and it showed nothing and they gave me painkillers and said it was a strain. 7 months later, it was still sore and I had another xray which showed a healing fracture! The reason it didn't show up the first time was because it was inflamed, and that inflammation hid the fracture.
      Also, you can get funny sorts of pains from other conditions - gallstones for example, can give you upper back pain.
      Maybe you should seek a second opinion - the medications you've been given just treat the symptoms, and not the cause. If it's an ongoing thing, you deserve to know why it's happening and get some long term relief/cure.
      I find doctors to be so pill-happy, every problem gets painkillers and not a cure.
      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    Girls only!!! what are your period symptoms ?
    I know its kinda personal but I feel like my period symptoms aren't normal. I am really dizzy on my period I get contraction like cramps my breast are usually sore for two weeks, I'm nauseous the whole 7 days idk if its normal . and also my bowels are extremely terrible I have diarrhea all seven days

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Elysia, Here are the normal PMS Symptoms and information on how to help the pain of cramps.

      PMS symptoms

      mood swings
      irritability
      depression
      anxiety
      angry outbursts
      confusion or fuzzy thinking
      tearfulness
      fatigue
      insomnia
      changes in libido
      overeating
      cravings, especially for salty or sweet foods
      alcohol intolerance
      acne
      hives
      abdominal and pelvic cramps
      bloating
      weight gain
      headaches
      menstrual migraines
      breast swelling and pain
      edema (visible swelling, particularly in the hands, feet and legs)
      asthma
      sinus problems
      sore throat
      worsening of chronic conditions like arthritis and ulcers
      difficulty with coordination, being more prone to accidents
      dizziness, decreased balance
      heart pounding (palpitation)
      nausea
      fainting
      urinary problems

      MENSTRUAL CRAMP CURES:

      There are two types of medication given to women suffering from menstrual cramps. One of them are the over-the-counter available non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and the other are birth control pills. But these remedies should be taken after consulting your physician. Let's see how to relieve menstrual cramps.

      •Include calcium in your diet. The best is to include yogurt, milk, buttermilk, etc. in your diet. If you are not fond of the dairy products, you can include daily calcium supplement in your diet. Calcium in the diet will help to reduce severe menstrual cramps.

      •Regular exercise works wonders to ward off menstrual cramps. Exercise helps to reduce muscle tension and is also a mood elevator. When on periods opt for simple exercises like walking exercise, as it helps to increase blood circulation to the pelvic organs.

      •One of the menstrual cramp home remedies is to either take a warm bath or place a heating pad on the stomach or the lower back. The heat helps to reduce muscle spasms and ease the pain caused by cramping. If you stay in cold climes make it a point to keep yourself warm, especially around the pelvic muscles.

      •You may not be a regular tea drinker, but drinking herbal tea during periods is one of the well-known menstrual cramp herbal remedies. You can opt for ginger root tea, chamomile tea, raspberry leaf tea, cramp bark tea, etc.

      •Along with calcium, one of the period cramp remedies is to increase the consumption of magnesium. Magnesium is known to increase the absorption of calcium in the body and thereby reduce cramps. The best magnesium sources are brans, whole grains, shrimp, tofu, vegetables, nuts, salmon, whole wheat flour, etc.

      •Other than calcium and magnesium, your diet should be rich in Vitamin B, as well as zinc, as they help to reduce the pain caused by the cramps, bloating, etc.

      •You may want to keep a watch on your caffeine, sugar and salt intake. All of them have their bad effects on the body, like high consumption of salt causes water retention in the body, etc.

      •Pineapples can become your best friend, during menstruation. They are rich in an enzyme called bromelain, which helps to relax the muscles and thereby relieve menstrual cramps.

      TAKE CARE.

  12. QUESTION:
    breast full of milk but im not breast feeding?
    how can i ease the discomfort and how long will it last before they go back to normal, there very hot and swollen up any tips would be handy.
    sorry i cant breast feed my son as he has been born with defect in his mouth so im using special bottles to feed him but i dont want to express milk as i want them to stop producing milk as its so uncomfy.
    he was born on the 5th may and is otherwise healthy and will be able to have a normal life, hes at home and doing well.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you recently given birth? Obviously, sorry, stupid question. Please consider breastfeeding. It's sooooo the perfect food for your baby. Providing all the antibodies and good things for your baby's development.

      To help you now, express just enough milk to feel comfortable. Thisusually works best under the shower. If not, maybe you can ask your partner to help you out for a bit. Not too much mind. The breasts work on supply and demand. The more suckling on the breast the more milk is produced.

      If your breasts develop sore, red spots and you get a fever, this is mastitis. You'll need to see a doctor for anti-biotics.

      The old cabbage leaf cure works too, like magic. Buy a cabbage, keep it in the fridge andput whole leaves inside your bra. Change them when they get wilty.

      You will never eat coleslaw again but they DO work. Promise - I'm a midwife and have both used it and seen it work for others.

  13. QUESTION:
    I think I have breast cancer?
    I am almost 12 in June, and I don't have my period yet. I also have a little bit of pubic hair on my butt hole, and my right boob has been hurting. It's formed this little knot on the inside of my nipple I discovered it yesterday. And my mom and grandmother have had breast cancer, and it also sore. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, no scope. However, all the symptoms shall go off with Ur first menses-puberty. A detailed note on 'menses' is appended for Ur ready reference and to keep up the best health and prevent breast cancer for life.

      MENSES*
      1. Every young girl/spinster/woman must know the significance of Menses cycles, regularity of maintenance with the aid of acupressure techniques & to maintain ‘the best of woman’s health’ for life. The success depends up on the extent of compliance of all stipulated instructions.
      Menses------- is nothing but the God's Special gift given to the female. It is one of the routes of excretion of toxins, pus cells, dead cells running to millions produced during Catabolism [part of metabolism on daily basis], bad blood, bacteria, viruses, hormonal discharges, etc.
      So long as a female passes through regular menses right from puberty to menopause, she will be well balanced, pretty with natural and healthy glow, good moods of love and affection, excellent immunity/disease resistance power, excellent growth in height up to 21st birthday, etc.
      Irregular periods/heavy periods may be an offshoot of hormonal imbalance, psychological disturbances, indiscriminate consumption of birth control pills, steroids for other causes like allergy, thyroid problems, asthma/bronchitis, etc.
      By and large, the menses cycle ranges from 3 weeks to 5 weeks as and when it is regular. In certain ladies, it is not regular. It can be regulated just in 5 days.
      [a]. Ur [Menses related gonads]-remote control-Acupressure points are located in Ur wrists and ankles on both sides to be activated for regulating Ur menses cycle.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      To activate Ur gonads—point no. 11 [prostate gland], No.12 [Penis], 13 [vagina], No.13 [Testes & Ovaries] No.14 [uterus]. All these points are located in both wrists and ankles.
      Palms/Soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      By virtue of regular menses cycles, girls may grow in height up to 21st birth day with aesthetically designed boobs, the study says
      [b]. Eat dry/raw coconut + jaggery, sweets and Laddu made of dry fruits daily one or two. They ensure good strength to the boobs vis-a-vis big size with aesthetic shapes. Hence, most of the Indian women don’t have the problem of small boobs.
      Detection, prevention & cure for lumps/abscesses in the breast.
      Dorsal side of Palms & soles:
      In the middle of dorsal side of Ur palm, the remote control point for the breast is given, in the maps with links published hereunder. On hard pressing by Ur thumb and middle finger, if it hurts, U may feel that U/she have/has blocked energy + toxins in the breast. If U press the surrounding area on both palms regularly three times a day and then breast cancer shall not grow further and any abscess/boil/infection gets dissolved automatically. Acupressure & Indian Natural Remedies can cure breast cancer safely & totally.

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a…
      Cure is available by Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies.

      3. Acupressure & Natural Remedies may solve Ur problem of irregular Menses.
      ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function upto optimal levels.

      With ur thumb, press Ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

      1.2. PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to join ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health problem.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ [Vol.I & II] available in all Indian Languages all over the globe] by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  14. QUESTION:
    Just diagnosed with PCOS?
    I went to the Dr. cause I was having irregular periods. While I was there he asked me how often I had a period (3-5/year) and then asked whether I had hair on my nipples. (I don't) He then told me that due to the fact that I don't have hair on my nipples that I have a very mild case of PCOS. However, I do have extra hair on my upper lip, chin, and under my belly button and he didn't even ask about this. He didn't really even tell me what PCOS was and what I know about it I have looked up online (which can be wrong) so I'm not sure if I know what Im talking about. Anywho, he put me on Aviane birth control and told me to come back in 3mos to check on B/C and have bloodwork done to be "actually diagnosed." While on this B/C I had some problems with it. I had sore breasts that I couldn't even wear a bra for the whole 3mos, a headache the WHOLE TIME, and I had nose bleeds. When I told the Dr. about the nose bleeds he said I was imagining it cause he had never heard of it. But it clearly reads in the drug info packet he gave me that that is a serious side effect of this stuff. When I went back he simply switched the B/C and didn't do any blood work. He acted like he didn't know what I was talking about when I asked if he was going to do any blood work. I also have read that hair loss can be caused by PCOS-I have bald spots ... he says that its not though. So, I guess I want to know if I need blood work done or not. Are there any alternatives to B/C? And can PCOS cause hair loss like that?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay first off, many doctors think that BC has a panacea effect (as in a cure-all) on PCOS. It does not. In fact, there are many extra risks in using some birth control types - like Yasmin/Osceola - with PCOS. In fact there is even an FDA warning going out, and I have joined a class action suit against it because of the dangers of that birthcontrol - and also if you had such a bad reaction... then yes you were correct in not taking it any longer. Often though, the first two months of a bc are unpleasant.
      Secondly - hair around the nipple is quite normal, even for women without PCOS. Your doctor clearly doesn't know what he's talking about on that. Some hair around the navel and upper lip is also normal for many women, but PCOS makes it much darker, and coarse, more easily visible at young ages.
      Yes, alopecia can be caused by PCOS. Your doctor is not treating you properly, and you should go to a different one. Also, stop taking any of the pills for PCOS he gave you - like the new BC.
      You should get bloodwork done.
      There are ways to help alleviate such severe PCOS, because if you're having bald spots, and such infrequent periods, there is no 'cure' for it. But you have to manage it, because you can get diabetes very easily, and also high blood pressure, be at risk for stroke and heart disease. Eat green leafy vegetables, take vitamins, and all that regular stuff. But make sure you take good iron, calcium and folic acid. All women need that, but with PCOS you REALLY need it.
      And lastly - ANY doctor who tells you are simply imagining a symptom - is full of shit (pardon my swearing please) and is not obeying the Hipocratic Oath. He is not treating you, he is not listening to your input, and that is putting you at risk and in harm's way - a direct violation of the Oath. He clearly hasn't done any actual research, and clearly has no ability to listen to what his patients say.

      For my PCOS, I am on a diabetes medication called gloucafauge (I probably spelled that wrong) that does have some side effects - while my body was getting used to it, I had some nausea and potty problems, but now that I'm used to it, it helps a lot. See, what PCOS is basically, are lots of microscopic cysts on your ovaries, that sort of throw everything out of whack. For some reason being on gloucafauge (even though I'm not diabetic, in fact I'm hypoglycemic so I have to adjust my caloric intake accordingly or wind up having some REAL problems), balances out everything for many women with PCOS. It's an older medication, but the application is good. In fact, it helps with fertility, period cycles, and cramps.
      My friend Arlene who was told she'd never be able to get pregnant, now has two kids.
      So, change of diet, doesn't have to be extreme, to include more vegies, less red meat if possible, foods with lots of antioxidants. Also, walking, and yoga - seems like it wouldn't do anything, but it does. If you need more info, or some suggestions for how to cope with it on a day to day basis, feel free to message me. I don't know everything, but dealing with PCOS is individual, and I may be able to point you to some resources that you could use.
      Ultimately - PLEASE get a different doctor, and speak up. Don't be afraid to, don't just let them tell you "Oh you're imagining this or that" because they're human, they're fallible too.

  15. QUESTION:
    Are you a vegetarian?

    • ANSWER:
      Meat processed today does not come from the happy little farms that most paintings portray. The meat of today is loaded full of antibiotics and hormones. The antibiotics used are necessary to keep the animals alive in conditions that would normally kill them. The hormones are to make the animal grow up extremely fast for food production. Hormones also make chicken and turkey breasts get huge as well.

      Recently, there have been studies conducted to find the impact of antibiotics and hormones that we get from eating the animals. After all, whatever the cow eats or gets treated with will, eventually, ends up in you. A link has been found between more resistant, mutant bacterial strains and the over use of antibiotics in our society. Scientists think that because we get doses of antibiotics in our meat, we are becoming susceptible to bacteria and the mutant strains that antibiotics can no longer cure. There has also been a link found between eating hormonally treated meat and little girls going through puberty at much younger ages. It is not uncommon to see 10 year old girls starting to menstruate. A ten year old is much too young to have her body be ready for pregnancy.

      You must also understand that there are too many slaughterhouses to be regulated consistently by the government. The animals are kept in huge rooms full of feces and dead animals. Many chicken cages are stacked on top of each other so that the chickens in the lower levels have excrement covering their bodies. Any animal that dies from sickness or disease gets ground up and fed to the other animals. In essence, we are eating cannibalistic cows, chicken, etc.

      The animals in slaughterhouses are treated inhumanely. Chickens get their beaks cut off by a red hot blade to keep them from pecking at themselves or other birds. Male chickens are considered useless, so they throw them into large garbage bags. Some suffocate and die in the process. The bag full of baby chicks is then ground up to make food to feed the rest of the animals on the farm. Milk cows are artificially inseminated over and over again so that they keep producing milk. Their male calves are taken away from them right away, locked into stalls where they are suspended and unable to move, and never see the light of day all to make veal. A dairy cow under natural circumstances will live to be 20+ years, but because giving birth is exhausting to the body, they only live to be 4 years old. When they die, they are used for meat. Baby pigs get their teeth cut off and male pigs get their testicles removed, all without anesthesia. Many die in the process from the pain. Sows are artificially inseminated and strapped down and forced to lie on their sides for the rest of their lives so that they may suckle an endless amount of piglets. They end up with grotesque bed sores from not ever being able to move.

      Also, meat production is slowly killing our planet. There is a 7,000 square mile "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico that no longer supports life due to too much nitrogen from animal manure and feed-crop fertilizer. Cattle-ranching is the #1 reason for Amazon forest depletion. Raising animals for food consumes more than half of all water used in the US alone.

      One person becoming a vegetarian will save 100 animals a year. Hope this helped.

  16. QUESTION:
    Diagnosed with PCOS last month. Took 4 HPTs, all negative. No period still. Could I be pregnant?
    Last month I was diagnosed with PCOS after years of irregular periods. I had some spotting at the beginning of this month, it was light brown and not more than a tablespoon at the heaviest. My last period was August 16th.

    My boyfriend and I had sex a month ago, on September 16th and 17th, BUT WE USED CONDOMS. I'm wasn't on the birth control pill at the time but just began taking it today. I haven't had any symptoms of pregnancy other than extremely sore breasts (not unusual because I usually get that with my period) and the absence of the period. And the spotting which like I said, lasted from October 6th-12th.

    I have taken 4 HPTs in the past week. All the first morning's urine and all came back negative. Could I still be pregnant though? I thought the spotting could have been implantation bleeding, but someone told me it could have been a really light period due to PCOS? I'm not trying to get pregnant.

    I have an appointment with my gyno on Friday and really don't want to see a surprise on the ultrasound.

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely you are not pregnant, but you will surely know soon. In regard to taking birth control pills, you are just asking for major health problems in the future. Drug companies do not care about your health and in fact a huge number of people are dying each day due to taking legal drugs. Actually over 10 times the people die of legal drugs than illegal drugs each year.

      We know that the ethinyl estradiol (estrogen) they use in the pill is 1,000 times more potent on it's effects on breast tissue than estriol (estrogen the body makes that protects the breast tissue). Studies of two decades ago clearly found that overexposure to estradiol (and estrone to a lesser extent) increases one's risk of breast cancer. The synthetic ethinyl estradiol used in the pill is really a bad guy that is efficiently absorbed by mouth and slow to be metabolized and excreted. The longer a synthetic estrogen stays in the body, the more opportunity it has to do damage.

      No long term studies have been done that show birth control pills are not contributing to breast cancer. With the rate being a staggering 1 in 7 women now, it would seem people would wake up to the fact something is not right here.

      The pill affects the endocrine system in your body in a very negative way. It creates estrogen dominance and since the ovaries are part of the pituitary axis, when you take the pill, you get the booby prize. The thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, and ovaries are all part of this "axis." When any of these glands becomes insufficient or sick, they all get sick together. This is why many women gain weight when on the pill because the thyroid is affected very negatively and the metabolism slows down. The fatigue comes from the adrenals being affected.

      To simply trust drug companies is foolish in today's world. Did you know that 106,000 people died in one year from taking prescription drugs that doctors prescribed for them in hospitals that were FDA approved drugs from drug companies?

      Here is a video that will give you some incite into how these guys think and how they prioritize profit over health: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wg-52mHIj…

      This is not some far out drug company, but the BAYER company that makes aspirin for the world.

      Merck pharmaceutical that makes lots of vaccines got caught lying to the FDA. The drug VIOXX killed about 160,000 people before the FDA took it off the market, but the FDA would not have done so if the lawyers had not discovered company documents that showed MERCK knew how over 30% of the people taking that drug were going to have severe health problems, including death.

      These same people are telling everyone that vaccines are safe. Really? Then why did congress pass a law that said NO ONE CAN SUE DRUG COMPANIES for damage due to vaccines? If they were safe, then why do we need such a law? And why did the U.S. government spend over 1.5 billion giving that money to vaccine damaged victims? The reasons is really quite simple. Drug companies contribute HUGE SUMS of MONEY to politicians to keep their agendas in place.

      Please consider all this before you decide to make that decision to take that junk made by these same people. Your future health will depend upon it.

      PCOS is due to a nutritional deficiency, not a drug deficiency. Drugs are the only weapons doctors have to deal with this and the drugs only treat the symptom and manage the disease. Drugs do NOT cure PCOS. Nutritionally dealinlg with PCOS has immediate results and actually can help you become healthy.

      good luck to you

  17. QUESTION:
    Nursing the second baby as painful as the first?
    Hi, I am 12 weeks pregnant and still nursing my 16 month old about twice a day (not a full feeding either time really...) and she is weaning. She will probably be off the boob within a month or two.

    Anyway, the first month breastfeeding her was miserable. It was painful, I had cracked and bleeding nipples, and clogged milk ducts. I think this was mostly due to my inexperience. But I learned as I went and now at 16 months, I feel like an expert.

    Anyway, my daughter will probably have stopped nursing for several months before I give birth to the new baby, so I'm wondering if it is painful to nurse a new baby?

    So if you nursed while pregnant or stopped not *too* long before you got pregnant, did it hurt to nurse the second baby? Did you experience cracked nipples and clogged ducts, or did your expertise help you prevent this and were your breasts desensitized like they become after nursing for a while?

    Or if you nursed your first child and stopped long before you were pregnant again (like maybe a few years) did you experience pain with the new baby? Any problems?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I can ease your mind! With my first son ( he is 6 now) nursing was soooo uncomfortable. Everyone tried to give me advice, but there was nothing that really helped. Once he got the hang of it and was latched properly, everything was fine. When my daughter (now 4) was born, it seemed much easier, maybe because she was better at it, maybe because I was, I'm not sure, but either way, it was less painful. Now with Preston (just 5 months) it is a wonderful bonding experience. There is no pain at all. He had developed thrush early on and passed it to me, so that made me sore, but I used the "violet cure" and it went away beautifully. It is the best experience so far with him. I think you are right when you say that you begin to feel like an expert. I think it may be, in part, due to the stigma that is still often attached to breastfeeding. Either we, as mothers, hear that we should be doing this perfectly and is 100% natural, or the other extreme, that it is a private thing and nobody wants to see it. Perhaps this contributes to the self doubt that may be lurking inside of us. It may be unconsiously hindering our progress. You as a mother and woman know that you are doing wonderfully already, and will do wonderfully (probably better) the second time around. Everything takes experience, no matter how much advice you get. Great job for nuturing your daughter the way you have.She will grow to be a strong and assured woman like her mother.
      If you keep stimulating your nipples, you should have no problem with feeding your next baby (Congrats!). Have the confidence--- you are and will be great!

  18. QUESTION:
    Deciding if I should switch to Yas over Minerva-35 . Any suggestions? please help?
    i have been on Minerva 35 for about 7 months now to clear up my skin. My skin is very clear at the moment, which im glad about. But i have gained so much weight. A friend suggested that i switch to Yas as it apparently works just as well but you don't gain weight-not sure if they were just lucky or if it is the same for anyone. I looked up side effects of Yas and many people said they felt really depressed and had sore breasts, etc.... I've always been pretty thin due to a fast metabolism but it really sucks at the moment to see that i don't fit into my normal size of clothing.
    Any suggestions or thoughts on it for me?
    If anyone has any personal experience with using it, please comment :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Justine,

      Side Effects of Yaz

      Yaz contraceptive pills have gone through various controversies because of the side effects that it causes. Usually, when a woman starts taking a birth control pill, she experiences certain side effects till her body gets adjusted to the hormones. Similarly, even with Yaz pills, there are certain common, but mild side effects which a woman is likely to experience when she starts taking this pill. However, apart from these mild side effects, there are women who have experienced some very severe side effects after taking Yaz contraceptive pills.

      Common Side Effects
      Some of the most common side effects of birth control pills such as Yaz are headache, breast tenderness or pain, darkening of facial skin, etc. It has also been noted that there is a connection between side effects of Yaz and weight gain. In other words, it has been observed that women who take these pills are likely to gain weight. Some other common side effects of Yaz pills include nausea and vomiting. Apart from this, women who are prescribed Yaz pills may also experience some other side effects like vaginal itching, change in appetite, etc. Vaginal discharge or spotting is also one of the common side effects caused by Yaz pills. It has also been noticed that there is a link between its side effects and hair loss i.e. women may suffer from hair loss while taking these birth control pills. Although these side effects can be discomforting, they are not very serious. Rather, one can actually get rid of these problems by following treatment measures prescribed by the health practitioner.

      Severe Side Effects
      As I said earlier, the above given side effects are not very severe and can be cured with proper treatment. However, Yaz contraceptive pills have the potential of causing some very severe side effects, which can sometimes by life-threatening too. Among the serious side effects of these pills, one which is the most serious is the occurrence of blood clots. This problem of blood clots can occur in the legs like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) as well as in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). If this problem is not diagnosed and treated at the earliest, it can lead to serious consequences.

      It has also been observed that there is a link between Yaz consumption and depression. Women who have taken this pill are reported to have experienced depression, mood swings, etc. Many women as well as their loved ones have said that women taking these pills become very emotional and feel the need to be alone all the time. Also, women suffer from low sex drive when they are on these contraceptive pills. Apart from these problems, here is a list on some other serious side effects.
      •Heart attacks
      •Tumors in the liver
      •Gallbladder disease
      •Deep vein thrombosis
      •Liver cancer
      •Stroke
      •Vision impairments
      •Severe liver bleeding
      •Breast cancer
      •Pulmonary embolism
      •Cervical cancer
      •Numbness on one side of the body
      As these birth control pills have the potential of causing severe side effects, it would be best to avoid it, until prescribed by the doctor. Though these side effects can occur to anyone, some women are specially at a risk of developing them. Hence, it would be better for women who have a history of chest pain, stroke or heart attack to stay away from these pills. Other than this, women who are pregnant or are breastfeeding, those who are suffering from problems like liver tumors, cancer, jaundice, etc. also should not take Yaz pills. An important point you have to remember is, if you experience any discomfort after taking this pill, consult your doctor immediately who will tell you the necessary steps to avoid any kind of complications.

      TAKE CARE! Mama Bear

  19. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis C-Delivery and breastfeeding? HELP!!!!?
    Yesterday I delivered a beautiful healthy child weighing 3.7 kilos with normal vaginal birth and episiotomy. Labour lasted 11 hours after rapture of membrane. I had been diagnosed anti-HCV positive during routine pregnancy tests,but didnt do the PCR during pregnancy, but I am quite healthy with ALT levels very low. Now I dont know the condition of my baby, what is the chance he might have got the infection, what is the chance i can pass it through breastfeeding?? I am so nervous that cant even enjoy my baby, please help if you have any idea.

    • ANSWER:
      Very very slim, like under 5%. My husband is Hep C positive and due to some unusual circumstances I was exposed to his blood shortly after we had first gotten together. When I found out I was pregnant I went nuts researching what would happen to my baby if I was positive.

      There is no risk to the baby during birth unless you mix your blood and his blood together which they don't allow to happen during birth. You can not transfer it through breast milk, it is a blood only transfer for this disease. Just make sure that your nipples aren't cracked or bleeding. The risk is more to the staff as they are giving you injections, if you had an episiotimy or stitches.

      The things you do need to be careful about are not to clean his pacifier with your mouth as you never know when you might have an open sore in your mouth or even just caused the gums to bleed when brushing and baby also has mouth sores. Don't allow the child to suck on your fingers either. You may also want to keep some clear gloves or latex gloves around when the baby gets older and more adventurous. Boys are notorious for cuts and scrapes and you will want to be careful cleaning out his wounds. Chances of transferring Hep C to anyone during routine contact is so minimal. Just be careful around blood and you and the baby will be fine.

      NOW GO ENJOY YOUR BABY!!!

      (oh and I turned out to be one of the 20% of people who get infected and fight the disease off naturally. I now have an immunity to some types of Hep C, and my baby will have a 50/50 chance of inheriting that from me. So even if your baby fell into the very slim category of getting the virus during the delivery he may be one of the lucky ones like me. Or he will have to undergo the interferon treatment which gives him an over 90% chance of being cured. Hep C is no longer a death sentence.)

  20. QUESTION:
    10 pts! Are Birth Control Pills safe to take? Need some good answers!?
    I am a health nut, I do not take medication until I have exhausted my resources and come to an educated decision whether or not to take them. Over the course of the summer my sister was sent to the emergency room because she has excruciating pain turns out a ovarian cyst had errupted. My grandmother on my fathers side had ovarian cancer, so during my last check up I told my doctor that and she told me that I need to be on the pill, but I was scared because I have heard so many horror stories and I didn't want to put something in my body unless absolutely necessary.
    I took bpc's in the past for painful periods and pms and it helped me out a lot. I lower than average blood pressure because I eat so healthily and excercise everyday, my reason for doing so is that high blood pressure runs in my family and I used to be overweight as a child and that created some health ailments. I am worried that if I go on the pill my blood pressure might sky rocket because that happened to my other sister granted she already had higher blood pressure to begin with.
    My gyno wrote a prescription for ortho tri cyclen but I can save a ton of money a month so I took the generic trisprintec. I had no side effects except for a slight moodiness and acne which was weird because my skin was completely clear but I know that it takes at least three months to adjust, I was sick a few days ago so I missed some pills ( I had the stomach flu bad) and so I had to throw out the pack. I keep contemplating whether or not I should refill my prescription because I am really worried about all the bad side effects my friend sent a link to me about the dangers of birthcontrol pills and they were really scary, I also noticed that my mood is more stable although I definately wasnt depressed on the pill I just got irritated ( but that could be because I had slight breaking out). Ladies I want to know what your thoughts are because I asked my mother and she seems uninterested and could care less and most of my friends seem naive on the subjects. Thanks in advance and I will be glad to answer some of your questions.

    OH, I give ten points too ;)

    MULTIPLE ANSWERS ARE WELCOME PLEASE ANSWER

    • ANSWER:
      i'm kinda the same way i didn't want to take birth control because the side affects are so scary. I was taking trinessa about 1 year ago it had the least side affects out of all the pills. I never noticed any bad ones though i only noticed the good one. My face cleared up i felt more energetic even on my period. my periods were way lighter and not as painful. I was scared because i heard the pill could give you cancer so i stopped taking the pill after i stopped having sex. Then i got really bad stomach pains to the point i almost went to the hospital several times and i never stopped bleeding for 3 months.of course i went to the doc but they didn't know what was causing it no cyst on my ovaries. My doc said lets give you birth control to see if that helps any. She asked if i had taken birth Control before and asked why i stopped. She then informed me that no the pill does not cause any cancers in fact it actually helps prevent ovarian cancer which kills 85% of women even when they do catch it early enough. But that if you do have cancer that feeds off of hormones like breast cancer it would make it grow quicker but it is not the cause of the cancer itself. Plus the pill fixes a lot of things it gets rid or cyst and regulates your hormones so your body works better. We all know our body goes haywire when our periods are coming birth control controls it better so your body doesn't go so nuts. i always had sore breast and hot flashes before i took the pill they went away and boy was i glad! she gave me seasonique which killed my stomach and made it painful to urinate! Any ways back to my story After 3 months i was diagnosed with endometriouses. guess what the cure was birth control. i told them how bad seasonique hurt my stomach she said well maybe it was too strong for you. They gave me trinessa and my pain went away and i stopped bleeding. The thing is some pills may have more side affects that you may not be able to deal with. The best thing for you to do is ask your doctor about a different pill with less side affects and more gentle with your stomach. Tell her what you want out of a pill and what you don't want. It's kind of a hit and miss till you find the right one for you be sure to tell her what side affects certain pills give you. Pills have the least amount of side affects then the shots or implants. be sure not to take yaz or yazmin they actually have a high rate of killing women. hope i helped a little and sorry i wrote so much!

  21. QUESTION:
    im 13 years old, and i need girl advice.?
    hi im a 13 year old girl, an di nee dur help. i started my period 3 months ago. and ive had it three times. first time i had it, it was five days long, second time i got it it was onyl two days long, third time i had it, it was six days long. i looked at my calender and i see NO PATTERN i know it takes about 2-3 years to get reguler. but my question is, ow do i know when its coming so i can get a pad on. i mean once it came and i was at a friends house and when i came home it was ALL OVER my underwear. thnak god not on my pants. i dont know when im about to get it, so what if i get it in school and i dont know i ahave it. can someone plzz tell me some way to find out whne im about to get it so i can put a pad on, my cycle is unpredictable and i cant go on birth control PLZZ HELP ME! i cant talk to my mom about it im to shy i need ur help desperatlyyyyyyyy

    • ANSWER:
      everything is normal... everything is fine... just relax... everyone, including your mom, has been right where you are.... it is something new... it is actually a "big" something new.. new part of life... why? well age-wise we may still call you child or teen... but? physically there is no denying you are now a woman.... how's that for a "change" and there are quite a few others that happen day to day and week to week that are your cues/signals... that is how you will learn when to expect your monthly menses....

      I understand the shyness... I bet everyone who has already answered does too... it is something a little "embarrassing" for some reason if we do not know.... and since it in turn relates to "sex" might be part of it..... but? I want to point out... you did not come with any instruction booklet... no one gave you one when you started getting your period either.... so there should be no embarrassment regarding the not knowing..whatever reason you feel you can not go to your mom, you might want to work on... she can be your greatest ally over the next few years... believe me there will be questions... and it is always better to ask mom rather than friends... they might know more? but not more than mom... and not the experience to help you with the right choices.... you know? just a thought...

      as I said, we have all been where you are... I can very clearly remember the first few months of not knowing what to do... how to know what to expect or when... and that was oh, what? 35 years ago?! lol... yes.. I am old.. I know... and yet, I am still learning... everyday...

      now, some ways to get to know your own cycle so you feel and are more prepared include;

      first;expect the unexpected and always be prepared.... ie. carry liners, pads or tampons everywhere.. and get past some shyness if you do not.... I remember being in the public restroom at fifteen and was not.. the dispenser was out and a woman noticed I was so frustrated I was near tears.. but too shy to voice anything... she was the kindest woman... a nurse.. and well.. she was prepared... told me none of us are prepared at the beginning... cause it is such an unspoken/taboo almost topic... so, just always carry something....

      the cues;

      --cramps, everyone gets them in varying degrees of pain.. some it just feels a little sore.... for others it feels like... well.. it ihurts a whole lot.... and different foods can actually increase that pain... like chocolate...
      --mood swings.... get to know and understand that even though we all go thru it? we are also responsible for staying civil.... umm... no matter how stupid men appear in that time... sometimes the moods last for three of the four weeks.... for others.. it is a shorter timeframe.... how do you know them? just like the name... your moods "swing" from one extreme to the other.... in a matter of seconds! oh, and you will begin to notice more and more that is also the same time you feel "on edge" or more irritable..... believe it or not? the same food that increases cramps... is the very cure for over the edge moods.... lol... just makes you feel "happy" one reason the stereo-type of "oh, is it that time of month.. do you need chocolate to be nice again" attitude of some people....
      --next would be some girls/women get sore breasts.... and break out more... it is not oilier skin really... it is actually hormonal and chemical changes....

      which brings me to why... ummm, if you do not know already... if you do.. sorry for the repeat here....

      see the monthly cycle is actually changing what chemicals you produce for various reasons.....some are what? estrogen and progesterone...and the hormones/chemicals come from and to the ovaries... from and to brain... pituitary I know is one are.... can't remember the other in brain... anyway.... egg matures... it triggers a release of a few.. to prevent any other eggs reaching maturity from being allowed to release... as it travels along there are other changes chemically, hormonally... as the body gets ready "just in case" there is going to be a fertilization occuring.... as the egg ages over the next few days and it's time runs out... the body releases more chemicals... different ones that halt the process of building a home (the lining of the uterus) and tells the body to shed it as or right after the egg dies.....
      this is the reason for moods going up and down... along with the skin changes... some women know where their cycle is because they begin to notice that part way thru the cycle there is a pain on one side of the lower tummy... and it changes monthly as to which side.... egg releases alternate between left and right ovary.... that one is more difficult to notice... it is not like it is constant, or always there.... it usually gets chalked up to indigestion...

      alright, so there are some signs... and some reasons for why we get all whacky, and weight changes, skin even throughout each month....... here is another;

      those same chemicals, hormones that rage inside of us... affect our friends, family as well... go into any home with more than one woman, of child bearing years (ie. not in menapause) and you will find that they all fall on or around same time as the others.... it is also girls/women who are close friends and spend a lot of time together.. co-workers and classmates too can affect it... these chemicals/hormones "talk" to each other.... and the one with the established or "most regular" period, is the one others change to match over the course of a few months... in one article it was refered to as "alpha female" status is the most regular... don't know... always kind of thought of it as whomever had been getting theirs the longest.... only time that won't affect a woman, is if she is on the pill or other chemical/hormonal changing control....

      that last part is probably the biggest reason to always carry "protection" of liners, pads or tampons...

      those are some "cues" that you will learn as you go along... it won't happen over night.. you need to "tune into yourself" paying attention to subtle changes day to day.... week to week... and even writing about them, or noting them in a journal or on a calendar.... then, over time, you will see a pattern for it all.... noting the first day you have your mense is important in learning your own pattern too... how many days, it is not so important... how heavy or light is only for your own knowledge too.... month to month those change... it is how many days in between.. and those are counted the first day of your period to the first day of your next... "regular" just means you get it every month exactly the same amount of days between... whether it is 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, or higher... even lower than 28.. some women get theirs every twenty days...
      the ones that are not "regular" are women who have gotten their periods for more than two years and every month it has always been and continues to be one month 28 the next 35 the next 29 the next 34 the next 27 the next 33 or whatever... irregular... very rarely if ever is the same month to month...

      hope this has helped you out there...
      welcome to at least one part of adulthood :)

  22. QUESTION:
    If MYRRH is a drug, why did the "wise men" give it to baby Jesus as a gift?
    The Bible says in Mark 15:23 that Jesus refused wine drugged with myrrh when death was near, presumably because he wanted to be fully alert rather than under the influence of a narcotic at this crucial time when the salvation of the entire human race was at stake. So if myrrh is a drug, why did the Magi include it in the gifts presented to him at his birth?

    I understand it was very fragrant and could be used for other things such as anointing oil, etc. but wouldn't that be like giving marijuana as a baby shower gift?? And I don't understand how a drug could be used as a cosmetic. Anyone have any mature observations about this conundrum?

    • ANSWER:
      Mark 15 (Amplified Bible) 23And they [attempted to] give Him wine mingled with myrrh, but He would not take it. +++"Myrrh - Uses and Benefits Alternative Names: Commiphora myrrha (Holmes), Balsamodendron myrrha , gum myrrh tree, Commiphora resin, guggal gum or resin , Gum Myrrh, Heerabol, Mo Yao, Opopanax.
      Herb Description Myrrh is a red-brown resinous material, the dried sap of the tree Commiphora myrrha , Its name is derived from the Hebrew murr or maror , meaning "bitter". Myrrh is the resin of a tree, Commiphora myrrha , which commonly in South Arabia and Somalia. It grows in the Yemeni mountains west of Hadramawt as well as Dhofar and Asir. The trees grows up to nine feet high; they have rough bark and thorny branches. Myrrh was used in ancient times to preserve mummies. It was also used as a remedy for numerous infections, including leprosy and syphilis. Myrrh was also used by herbalists for relief from bad breath and for dental conditions. In ancient Egypt myrrh has been used for centuries as an material in incense, perfumes, and for embalming and fumigations . In folk tradition it was helpful to cure muscular pains and in rheumatic plasters. it has been used to treat bleeding disorders and wounds in traditional china .Called mo yao in China, it has been used since at least 600B.C. Primarily as a wound herb and blood stimulant.
      Properties Anti microbial. Anti fungal. Astringent & healing. Tonic & Stimulant. Carminative. Stomachic. Anti catarrhal. Expectorant.
      Diaphoretic. Vulnerary. Locally Antiseptic. Immune Stimulant. Bitter.
      Circulatory Stimulant. Anti-inflammatory. Antispasmodic .
      Uses and Benefits---Myrrh use internally in the following: for the problem of stomach. Chest problem. Bronchial infection. Menstrual problems. Myrrh use externally in the following: To treat infected wounds Bronchial complaints Sinusitis Minor skin inflammations
      Inflammation of the throat, gums and mouth Mouth ulcers Gingivitis
      Stomatitis.
      Myrrh use in aromatherapy in the following:
      valuable in detoxification - especially mucus, preventing putrefaction and infection while promoting cell and tissue regeneration.
      It is beneficial for the stomach and the mouth, while also acting as a uterine stimulant. It promotes menstruation.
      On the skin, it is wonderful to treat wounds and sores, especially weeping eczemas, skin ulcers and bed sores, it is used effectively on mature skin, as well as sorting out deep cracks on the feet and hands.
      Myrrh is effective in the following:Arthritis Bronchitis Colds Cough
      Digestive Problems Mouth and Gum Problems Stimulates Immune System
      Myrrh are used in in mouthwashes to soothe mouth and throat irritations. it has a soothing effect on inflamed tissues in the mouth and throat.It give better results in digestion, diarrhea and immunity.It treats coughs, gum disease, wounds, candida, overactive thyroid and scanty menstruation

      Side Effects Not recommended during pregnancy as it is a uterine stimulant.its use is not prescribe in when breast-feeding or during early childhood. If it is taken orally then in some cases it has been shown to tighten the muscles of the uterus and promote menstrual blood flow. Because these actions could cause a miscarriage, pregnant women should avoid taking myrrh by mouth.
      Excess dose via oral with a quantity of 2 grams to 4 grams of myrrh may have lead to: Diarrhea Heart rate changes Kidney irritation
      If following symptoms occurs then consult to doctor Diarrhea (loose stools) Hiccups Nervousness
      Dosage Tincture B.P. and U.S.P., 1/2 to 1 drachm.
      Mouthwash or gargle solution: Add 30-60 drops of tincture to a glass of warm water .
      Drug Interactions it may increase the level of suger in blood if taking myrrh by mouth & may interfere with the effectiveness of medications used for the treatment of diabetes.
      +++"MYRRH AND FRANKINCENSE

      by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon

      Myrrh and frankincense have had spiritual significance since ancient times and they also were adopted as medicines for physical ailments. When referring to this pair of herbs, Westerners might immediately think of their historic importance in religion. The herbs are best known through the story of the Three Wise Men (Magi) delivering gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the baby Jesus; myrrh was also used to anoint Jesus' body after the crucifixion. These herbs, valued like gold, were mentioned repeatedly in the Old Testament, in instructions to Moses about making incense and anointing oil, and in the Song of Solomon, where, among other references, are these:

      "Who is this coming up from the wilderness
      Like palm-trees of smoke,
      Perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
      From every powder of the merchant?"

      "Till the day doth break forth,
      And the shadows have fled away,
      I will get me unto the mountain of myrrh,
      And unto the hill of frankincense.""

  23. QUESTION:
    Why am I having 20 days of period?
    I'm 25 yrs and i have PCOS, and in march I had my period for 20 days
    I had no period in april but May, June I had my period for 20 days and now in July im also heading for 20 days and I feel dizzy all the time I dont even want to get out bed I went to the doctor and he put me in birth control pills but they only make it worst. I had never had periods that lasted that long
    can this mean early menaupause?

    • ANSWER:
      I also have PCOS and I know about those extended periods. Just early this year, I had my period for almost a month, and a heavy one at that. Normally a period should only last for around 2 to 7 days. Extended periods are dangerous to a woman's health.

      What we have is Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, and it can be caused by disturbances in the uterus, or the ovary, or the pituitary, or by some other illness. For women in the reproductive age like us, androgen (male hormone) disorders are common. When a woman produces excessive amounts of androgen, the ability of the ovary to respond to its controlling hormones is impaired and the ovary either ovulates abnormally or fails to ovulate at all. Then we have abnormal bleeding, which can be very scant or very heavy.

      I am part-Chinese and have a dad who knows a lot about Chinese herbal medicines. When I have finally had enough of the excessive bleeding, I had to tell him (we ladies usually tell our mom). He was so alarmed and told me that what I am going through is dangerous. He asked me to go to a store that sells Chinese herbs and look for certain ingredients and take it for 3 therapeutic periods (1 therapeutic period = 1 week).

      My very heavy bleeding stopped on the third day that I was taking the herbs, and then I had flatulence on the fourth day. This is something that the Chinese call as having a "cold" uterus, since the uterus should be warm.

      I am on my 2nd therapeutic period, and so far so good. I still get the flatulence again on the fourth day of the therapeutic period, but the bleeding that could have lasted a month just stopped. A pregnant friend also told me to take banaba (Lagerstroemia Speciosa) tea. She used to have irregular and painful periods when she was younger and she drinks it like water. Now she gets her period like clockwork, which made it easier for her to know when she could get pregnant.

      I also take Vitex (Chasteberry), which helps me not have the usual cramping or sore breasts when your hormones act up before getting your period.

      For PCOS sufferers like us, we are just given oral contraceptives just to have a cycle of some sort, but it does not really cure the underlying cause of our menstrual irregularities. I was given some medicines by my OB but it made me into a monster... it gave me terrible mood swings that scares someone big and tall like my husband haha... I was also in pain, cramps, sore boobs, etc. I had to stop it.

      I hope this helps!

  24. QUESTION:
    Lump on my nipple help :'(?
    I'm 13 and my boyfriend is 14. I have almost finished puberty I have not just started and my breasts are an E cup. My boyfriend put his hands in my bra that's all and as far as we will ever go. All he did was feel my breasts but it hurt a little but now my left nipple feels sore like bruised a little when i touch it there's a red puffy spot on it, well the same colour as my nipple but looks a bit puffy if you get me.

    Is this normal, will it go away?. I'm a hypochondriac I hope it's nothing bad.

    Should I tell him btw ??
    No way is it cancer, stop worrying me.

    • ANSWER:
      1. If U r using birth control pills, it maybe the impact of steroids consumption with no medical supervision by a super specialist, endocrinologist.
      2. If Ur menses is regular, and U and Ur b.f are faithful to each other, then, here is the way out.

      •Free & Instant Diagnosis/Prevention/cure of Breast Cancer and Breast related issues right @ Ur door-steps----with the aid of acupressure maps. Dr.Vora designed the diagnostic procedures, with the aid of acupressure techniques, so simple that even the poorest of the poor in remote villages/hamlets, all the youngsters [the future of this mother “EARTH”] ‘with no income to spend for mammogram’ with little knowledge & serious efforts, can know instantaneously @ no costs all over the globe.
      Please, study the instructions carefully, discuss with Ur family members and friends and then find out to Ur satisfaction, if U/anybody for that matter is affected by ‘breast cancer’.

      With the help of maps published herein, hard press these points with Ur thumb and middle finger and find out if all/most of acu points are tender.

      Remote control acupressure points to diagnose Breast Cancer, hiv/AIDS, or any disease-Point Nos.1-10 -----1 [brain], 2 [Mental Nerves], 3 [Pituitarygland], 4 [Pineal gland], 5 [Head Nerves], 6 [Throat], 7 [Neck], 8 [Thyroid & Parathyroid], 9 [Spine], 10 [piles-constipation], , Point Nos.11-16, No.11 [Prostrate gland], 12 [Penis], 13 [Vagina], 14. Testes & Ovaries], 15 [Uterus], 16 [Lymph], 37 [spleen].

      For Treatment and perceivable relief, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger, as if U r pumping out air from these affected tender points..
      Palms/soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0
      Dorsal side of Palms & soles:

      1. Diagnosis--In the middle of dorsal side of Ur palm, the remote control point for the breast is given in the acupressure maps published hereunder.. On hard pressing by Ur thumb and middle finger, if it hurts, U may feel that U/she have/has blocked energy in the breast.
      If point no. 16 [lymph] and no.8 [thyroid] are also painful on hard pressure by Ur thumb---then it is confirmed that she has breast cancer.
      If the pain is severe on all these points, it means that the tumor is well grown, ripe for surgical interference..

      2. *Prevention & Cure--If U press the surrounding area on both sides of palms, soles, wrists and ankles regularly three times a day and then breast cancer shall not grow further. Side benefit is that Ur menses cycles are regulated.Acupressure & Indian Natural Remedies can cure breast cancer safely & totally in 45-90 days. T & C apply.

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df

      In Ur case, target therapy is helpful to have total cure.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ Vol. I & II--- by Dr.Devendra Vora, D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India. Available all over the globe in all Indian languages. Dr.Vora, cured and caused to cure more than 150000 cases of Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, irregular menses and also many other most dreaded diseases.

  25. QUESTION:
    Four Pregnancy Questions....Please Answer??
    hi, I am newly pregnant, and I needed to know-

    ONE: the last few days I have had a lot of nausea and I vomited last night FINALLY, twice. and yet, today I am not that nauseated at all, but in return ive been more sleepy and have had headaches quite often througouht the day...is this normal??

    Two: I spoke to a pharamcist about what i could take to help my headaches, and he said nothing is safe and could harm the baby, even tylenol, so is there a natural cure for headaches??

    Three: Is it possible for a miscarriage to occur without any bleeding or cramping or anything EVER?? and also- that a pre-requisite of a miscarriage is a lessening of preg symptoms? I'm just so afraid that I will have a miscarriage and not even know its happening...I don't have my doc apt till july 9th, they cant take me any sooner.

    Four: My breasts are not that sore like they were a week ago- but my nipples are very sore...is this normal?? or is this a bad sign??
    POP- Lovely reply- but im married, very happily, thank you very much. Rubbers are no longer required.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Your baby is pulling all kinds of nutrients from your system... That might be the cause of the exhaustion.

      Being nauseated is a protection mechinism for the baby... it is triggered by the smells of cooking meat, eggs, and anything that has a high chance (Evolution Wise) of harboring parisites or disease.

      Eat more veggies and stay away from strong smells.

      2. Remember... Asprin is nothing but a refined form of Willow Bark. ALL drugs and ALL herbs are under the catagory of "Drugs" and just because it says it is "Natural" doesn't mean that it is any safer then a drug you purchase in pill form at Walgreens!!!!!

      In fact, since there are less studies done by LEGITIMATE SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATIONS on herbs and "Alternative Medicine" you are at even GREATER risk of having something transfer through the placental walls.

      You can get some Icy-Hot and rub it on your temples but anything ingested... ANYTHING AT ALL... will potentially transfer to the baby... Remember also, caffeine is a drug too!!

      3. Yes it is possible but improbable... The chances of you showing up to the delivery room and giving birth do a baby that is not alive are VERY VERY slim... Stastically speaking, the fact that you live in the US means that you have a higher likelihood of the baby dieing after birth due to a total lack of preventative health care because of the parents having no insurance is higher then you having a miscarriage in your 3rd trimester.

      MOST miscarriages happen in the first trimester... Most of those happen when the women doesn't even know she is preggers and so she isn't aware that anything happened...

      4. Nipples get sore due to hormones... That is NORMAL... I know some chicks who get sore nipples EVERY MONTH due to their periods...

      CALM DOWN AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT THINGS YOU HAVE NO SAY IN!

      Guess what? An airplane may crash into your house... The chances of it happening are infinitesimally small and even if it did happen there would be nothing you could do about it... So, are you sitting in your house worrying about an airplane falling from the sky? No, because you realize that there is nothing to worry about!!

      PLEASE CALM DOWN!

      Stress alters hormones and changes in your body chemistry now can really screw you up... and THAT up's your risk of miscarriage!

      So PLEASE... CALM DOWN!! For the sake of everyone in your household...

  26. QUESTION:
    What's going on with me? Cycle issues?
    So I got mt period on Jan 31 which is about the normal time I usually get it, the beginning of the month. Usually it's over within 3 or 4 days. but this time it didnt end until February 7 which is about a week long. about a week later i notice my nipples become very sore and hard at the end, then my breast get sore. Also I have very thick consistency of white discharge i notice in my undies. Then yesterday Febuary 22 I'm sleep and I feel something down there and here's what seems to be my period again, it just started heavy,and I can constantly squeeze it out, its more dark a clumpy like. Please Help.I'm 20 yrs old not on Birth Control and I am sexual active. not really stressed out either.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes for the symptoms you describe and without examining you and asking questions it is impossible to give any form of diagnosis.

      You need to see your doctor, he alone can do the necessary tests to determine it’s cause and cure. Although the people on ‘Answers’ mean well, only your doctor has the training and experience necessary to cure you. The sooner you consult him/her the sooner you will be back to normal.

  27. QUESTION:
    clarifiction on std's?
    if u cought some type of std from an hiv positive what are the chances of getting hiv infection

    • ANSWER:
      HIV is a virus that damages a person's immune system, the body's defence against disease. A person infected with HIV is infected for life - there's no cure. Being infected with HIV is often referred to as being HIV-positive.

      HIV can only be passed on if infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids or breast milk get inside another person's body. The two main ways in which a person can become infected are:

      * Vaginal or anal sexual intercourse (without a condom) with an infected person
      * Using a needle or syringe that's already been used by someone who's infected

      An infected pregnant woman can also pass the virus to her unborn baby, before or during the birth, or through breastfeeding. Improved treatment and care for women with HIV means far fewer children are now born with HIV in the UK.

      Other potential routes of transmission include:

      * Giving and receiving first aid, although transmission will only occur if significant amounts of HIV-infected blood pass from one person to another
      * Contact with used needles and syringes, if infected blood is transferred
      * Giving and receiving oral sex, although there are very few proven instances of this, and generally, transmission will only occur if a person has cuts or sores in their mouth
      * Seeing a dentist, doctor or nurse, although it's extremely rare for HIV to be passed from a healthcare professional to a patient, as all medical instruments are sterilised or used only once
      * In extremely rare cases, through fighting or biting
      * Kissing, although generally this won't pass on HIV as saliva doesn't contain a high enough concentration of HIV, and the only risk would be if both people had noticeably bleeding cuts and sores in their mouths
      * Sport, if HIV-infected blood gets into a wound or cut

      The first symptoms of HIV infection can resemble symptoms of common cold or flu viruses. The symptoms of early infection can also be similar to the symptoms of other sexually transmitted diseases and other infections such as "mono" or hepatitis, which are much more commonly and more easily transmitted. Stress and anxiety can also produce symptoms in some people, even though they do not have HIV.

      Some people who contract HIV experience very strong symptoms, but others experience none at all. Those who do have symptoms generally experience fever, fatigue, and, often, rash. Other common symptoms can include headache, swollen lymph nodes, and sore throat. These symptoms can occur within days or weeks of the initial exposure to the virus during a period called primary or acute HIV infection.

      Because of the nonspecific symptoms associated with primary or acute HIV infection, symptoms are not a reliable way to diagnose HIV infection. Testing for HIV antibodies is the only way to know whether you have been infected; however, the HIV antibody test only works after the infected person's immune system develops antibodies to HIV. During the "window period" between the initial infection and the period in which antibodies are detectable (which can be from 2 weeks to 6 months, but is usually 3 months), standard HIV testing is ineffective.

      If you are concerned that you may have recently acquired HIV and have symptoms described above, see a doctor. A doctor or other health care professional can help determine whether you may be infected with HIV or another infection. If HIV infection is suspected, he or she may perform a Polymerase Chain Reaction (commonly called "PCR") test to determine whether HIV is present in the blood.

      Once the primary or acute infection is over, most people do not experience any visible symptoms for another 8-10 years. Left untreated, the immune system becomes increasingly weaker and the disease progresses to AIDS. The next symptoms experienced by individuals infected with the virus are often associated with the "opportunistic infections" that target individuals with AIDS such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, and toxoplasmosis.

  28. QUESTION:
    Really bad back pains during my period, is this normal?
    So i NEVER get any kid of cramps while i'm on my period, ONLY lower back pains, REALLY bad ones. I stay up crying every night, no medicine helps besides Vicoden. I would definitely rather use a different kind of medication, or resolve my problem by something else perhaps? The thing is, i'm only 17. I've had these back pains since i've started my period. I hurt my back pretty bad in the past, but never got it checked out. I went to a chiropractor and they took X-rays of my back and said its twisted and bent. I've never been in labor, or even pregnant, but this pain honestly feels like i would be in labor it hurts thatt bad. Should i go get my back checked out, is this normal, and are there any medicines that DO help it? I've tried almost every kind.

    • ANSWER:
      PMS symptoms

      mood swings
      irritability
      depression
      anxiety
      angry outbursts
      confusion or fuzzy thinking
      tearfulness
      fatigue
      insomnia
      changes in libido
      overeating
      cravings, especially for salty or sweet foods
      alcohol intolerance
      acne
      hives
      abdominal and pelvic cramps
      bloating
      weight gain
      headaches
      menstrual migraines
      breast swelling and pain
      edema (visible swelling, particularly in the hands, feet and legs)
      asthma
      sinus problems
      sore throat
      worsening of chronic conditions like arthritis and ulcers
      difficulty with coordination, being more prone to accidents
      dizziness, decreased balance
      heart pounding (palpitation)
      nausea
      fainting
      urinary problems

      MENSTRUAL CRAMP CURES:

      There are two types of medication given to women suffering from menstrual cramps. One of them are the over-the-counter available non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and the other are birth control pills. But these remedies should be taken after consulting your physician. Let's see how to relieve menstrual cramps.

      •Include calcium in your diet. The best is to include yogurt, milk, buttermilk, etc. in your diet. If you are not fond of the dairy products, you can include daily calcium supplement in your diet. Calcium in the diet will help to reduce severe menstrual cramps.

      •Regular exercise works wonders to ward off menstrual cramps. Exercise helps to reduce muscle tension and is also a mood elevator. When on periods opt for simple exercises like walking exercise, as it helps to increase blood circulation to the pelvic organs.

      •One of the menstrual cramp home remedies is to either take a warm bath or place a heating pad on the stomach or the lower back. The heat helps to reduce muscle spasms and ease the pain caused by cramping. If you stay in cold climes make it a point to keep yourself warm, especially around the pelvic muscles.

      •You may not be a regular tea drinker, but drinking herbal tea during periods is one of the well-known menstrual cramp herbal remedies. You can opt for ginger root tea, chamomile tea, raspberry leaf tea, cramp bark tea, etc.

      •Along with calcium, one of the period cramp remedies is to increase the consumption of magnesium. Magnesium is known to increase the absorption of calcium in the body and thereby reduce cramps. The best magnesium sources are brans, whole grains, shrimp, tofu, vegetables, nuts, salmon, whole wheat flour, etc.

      •Other than calcium and magnesium, your diet should be rich in Vitamin B, as well as zinc, as they help to reduce the pain caused by the cramps, bloating, etc.

      •You may want to keep a watch on your caffeine, sugar and salt intake. All of them have their bad effects on the body, like high consumption of salt causes water retention in the body, etc.

      •Pineapples can become your best friend, during menstruation. They are rich in an enzyme called bromelain, which helps to relax the muscles and thereby relieve menstrual cramps.

      Source(s):
      http://www.womentowomen.com/menstruation…
      http://www.buzzle.com/articles/menstrual…

  29. QUESTION:
    am i being ignorant!!?
    why do people insist on saying that Co-sleeping INCREASES the risk of SIDS? actually, it doesn't. the mothers heartbeat helps to regulate the infants. and baby, usually sleeps better knowing that their parents are beside them.
    Co-sleeping deaths are usually nothing to do with SIDS but smothering. eg if mother/father has been drinking/doing drugs, and is so out of it that they dont know what they are doing and roll on top of baby.

    http://www.babyreference.com/Cosleeping&SIDSFactSheet.htm

    i didnt mean that all smothering incidents were cause by drink/drug users. that was just an example
    oh and i am not american, im from northern ireland
    Lauren M... i do exactly the same thing. Reece sleeps in his cot until 6 or so, then he comes into bed beside me and daddy. i feel better when he is in the bed beside me!
    im over weight?! excuse me! i am anything but! im back to my pre pregnancy weight of 8st 7lbs and have been for over a month now. considering my son is 5 months old, and i put on over 2 st with him, im rather pleased with that!

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with you. I had a brother who died from SIDS in the 70's. He was in his crib in the nursery, so not even in my moms room. She fed and changed him at 4am and at 6am went in and he has passed away. Looking back, they knew even less about SIDS and mothers often put their infants on their belly to sleep. My brother was 3 months old. Because of this I decided to sleep with all three of my sons until they could hold their heads up while on their bellies and could roll from back to front and vice versa. This made me more comfortable that if they needed to clear their face of an obstruction, be it a pillow... mattress... blanket.. whatever, then they could. I currently have a 9 week old. LOL, my back is stiff and I dont get as much sleep as I probably could, but that lil guy is pulled up against my breast and tummy every night on his side... that way he cant roll on his tummy and if he needs to roll to his back he can push on me with his legs and accomplish that. I am not very comfy with him on his back either as I know he has gagged and choked a couple times on his spit.
      I had never heard of co-sleeping before a few weeks ago. I think it is kinda funny that we have to 'name' and 'label' everything, lol. 15 yrs ago co-sleeping was where everyone in the family slept in the same room, maybe seperate beds, but in the same room.
      Anyway... Co-sleeping deaths aren't considered SIDS because they know the cause of death... smothering. Years ago they would even know that the baby had been smothered and would put SIDS on the birth cert so the mom wouldn't be riddled with guilt the rest of her life... nowadays-feelings be damned- we live in such a legalistic society that if you were in bed with your child and woke up to it passed away then that would be the finding for death. I personally dont know anywhere that would put cosleeping on a death cert as it is not recognized as a term in the medical field. It is a term brought about by word of mouth through moms calling it such and after a while it becomes the term that is used when refering to a mom sleeping with their child. Anyway, that is neither here nor there. By definition, SIDS is the unexplained death of an child under the age of 5. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. That is the label they use when they don't have a cause for death. When they came out in the 90's and said don't lay baby on their belly! the incidents of SIDS dropped by over 60% in the USA the following year. Now we just need to figure out what is causing the other 40% and we will cure SIDS.
      I for one am for this new fangled term co-sleeping, lol... I think if you are more comfortable putting your child in a crib or sleeping with them, do what you believe is right for you and your child, that is what parenting is all about and we are all different.
      As for co-sleeping causing SIDS... IMHO.. and this is just my opinion... I co-sleep to SAVE my son from SIDS. So, no I don't think you are ignorant. I for one will not put my son to sleep where I can not hold him until he can safely move away from obstructive objects by himself.

      Edit: AMEN Sarah... I always wonder why people dont report obvious trolls.
      I have to say that being overweight has nothing to do with smothering your child... it is how heavy you sleep. I am overweight by about 50lbs and I sleep with my son darn near under me, lol... my hubby always says - if he could find a way to crawl back in you would let him, lol.... anyway, I sleep very lightly... as soon as he is kicking my first reaction is to reach up and find his mouth to make sure he is not getting smothered, most times he just lost his binky. (pacifier). I am actually stiff as all hell from sleeping so still all night. He slept through the night one night and my muscles are still so sore!
      If you are overweight dont give up cosleeping just for that reason, if you arent comfy with it so be it, but dont let people tell you that because you are overweight you cant do it. I am here to tell you that I am a pudgy mom that has slept with him literally since day one. I had him sleep on my chest in the hospital, he never spent a night in his bassinet. Those are things you never get back.
      Let that one poster be judgmental, it is always those kinds of people who end up on the Maury show after one kid being lifted by a crane to the fat farm.


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