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May 2nd, 2010
I have an ankle wound that started with a thin line scratch from a thorny vine weed a week ago - it didn''t even cause bleeding but the next morning it was already infected and looked like staph. I went to the doctor (as I live in Canada and have medical coverage, plus staph can be fatal) who did a swab and prescribed heavy antibiotics. It has been a week and I''ve had to go back almost daily to the doctor as the wound size doubles overnight with bubbles of pus and draining and darkening. Two doctors looked on Thursday and both said they haven''t seen anything like this before as it is NOT staph (Thank God). One doctor said to change dressing twice a day and bathe it with warm salt water before applying prescription Fucidin creme and rebandaging. It is ugly and sore and scary. If it isn''t improving by Monday I have to go to a dermatologist as they think it is an allergic reaction. But why is it growing? I have never had this before although I have had scratches and cuts (from gardening) very quick to become staph infections. You are very brave people to let it go for a few months trying to treat it yourselves. Could be very dangerous.
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replied June 23rd, 2010
wounds that won't heal
Hello, I'am new at this so don't laugh about my bad typing. I have just started looking for my mom a wound center for her to go to because the top of her foot want heal. I know that I just read that you do not put petrol. jelly on a open sore that will not heal. If the wound is swelled then you should kept it mosit with vitamin a&d lotion, a good moisturizing lotion, curel, keri lotin, then put compression wraps for the fluid to flow back to the heart. Like I said I new at this, and NOT a DOCTOR.
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replied December 1st, 2010
this is how i got my wound to heal
to all the people on here ive had a wound for about 6months and finally got it to start healing. by doing what a lady on this site said. its on my shin the doctors could not help. ive been under doctor supervision the whole time. anyway what worked for me was neosporin (maximum strength) and plain old table sugar. mix it togther and make a paste then put a guaze pad over it and wrap with an ace bandage every day till you are healed. you will have a scab the first day or night if its going to work for you. mine scabbed over in the first 12hours and i had to reopen it to let the infection out. but now it has a scab on it harder than steel. i didnt get the ladys name but thank you so very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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replied December 6th, 2010
get it cultured. i work in a microbiology dept and you probly have a Staph growing. and if it wont heal, not good.
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replied December 21st, 2010
My husband has a sore on the back of his leg that won't heal. His lawn mower cut a small chunk out of his leg about 7 months ago. Been to family doctor and dermatologist. He's taken 2 rounds of antibiotic. Dermatologist said wasn't staph infection but the lab didn't say if there was anything else growing. (upset with dermatologist...long story). Anyway he doesn't really have any drainage, just raw and looks like it is getting bigger around but not deeper. Keeps neosporin on it and sometimes bandages it. Not sure what to do next. He is diabetic. Dermatologist wants him to go back in 2 weeks after wearing compression socks? Then may send him to a wound center. Any suggestions?
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replied December 23rd, 2010
ok folks im posting for a second time. im glad to report that i went to a doctor today and he said that im healed. so he wants me to come back in 3 weeks just for a general check up. i had a staph infection in/on my leg also some other type of infection. i found a cure on this site wich is posted on my first article. it involves neosporin maximum strength, and plain table sugar. it worked for me!!!!! the only problem that i had was that there is two types of neosporin one is white in color one is clear. the white one is the one that you want to use. BUT it is getting very hard to find at local places such as walmart,walgreens etc to all the folks on here i hope all goes well for you.
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replied December 24th, 2010
Thanks. I'll have my husband do the sugar and neosporin. The lab work finally came back and it is some type of bacteria infection in the wound. He is taking another round of very strong antibiotic.
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replied February 17th, 2014
Hi, in addition to the neosporin and sugar, everyone must remember to keep your wound clean. Turn on the shower, and let warm water run over the damaged skin. I have a huge wound on each leg, and have had them for 3 years. My wounds are from varicose veins (the varicose veins gave me venous reflux. I am having some serious tests done this week and will post all info here. God Bless and May He cure us all...Amen.
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replied January 11th, 2011
i got similar problem
my dad got the same thing but not exactly ... it hurts him badly too bad that he screams at night Mad on the day it doesnt seem to hurt him (when hes standing walking and stuff so some times he have to sleep while sitting down in achair .the water makes it go worse i think its been there for like 3 months
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replied January 19th, 2011
leg wound that won't heal
My mother has an awful wound on her left leg that covers atleast 50% of her leg below the knee. She's seen doctors and they haven't done anything for her. Mostly they say it is poor circulation. I believe something can be done for her and it seems as though the doctors aren't doing anything. She's had this wound for 3 years. No specific cause, it just came about. I'm researching, trying to find anything i can that may help.
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replied January 19th, 2011
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Hi Cowgirl1101 and welcome to ehealth: The cause is poor circulation or Peripheral Artery Disease...Or Arteriosclerosis of the extermities....If left untreated this can cause the problems that your Mom is seeing...What she has is probably ulcers on her legs...They are difficult to heal...This is a disease that gets out of control...I know I have it...The only thing is that years ago when I could not get the proper answer from my Internal Medicine doctor I moved on...Saw a Dermatologist...Since that day it has been controlled with heavy elastic stockings...Expensive, but I have wore them every day...Without them I, too, would possibly be in her situation...What I don't understand is why doctors don't push these medical stockings or maybe people don't want the inconvenience of wearing them...They can be a medical prescription in some cases...Mine are simply pull up and I use playtex gloves so that they go on easy and do not tear...They go for about $100 a pair, but then I am talking about over the thigh as this is what I like...There are many causes of this problem...However, IMO, the main ingredient in healing is the stockings...

I don't know if she is past wearing these or if because of her open wounds it would be possible...She needs air...If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask...Take care...

Caroline
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replied March 4th, 2011
arginine helps wound healing
Definitely should have good blood circulation for healing that wound - since blood is the lifeline of the body.

Arginine helps heal wounds, improve circulation, and fight arteriosclerosis, even in diabetics. If you get the liquid kind, all of it gets into the bloodstream and sooner.
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replied May 20th, 2011
Hi I'm 36 years of age and not happy to say, I've had a wound on my lower left ankle for three years now. I went to a wound care center for over a year. They did all that stuff that a wound care center does and then some. I've had two Apligrafs treatments that didn't help at all, had about 90 appointments of the painful scrapings that only made it larger and deeper. I went to a vascular specialist and he gave me injections in my leg with no results. I'm not diabetic. The vascular specialist said I have good blood flow. I have been wearing compression stockings for most of the three years. I think the wound care center started to get so frustrated at the wound not healing they became mean and almost impossible to deal with. If I missed one appointment they tried to say I wasn't following doctors orders, which is just flat out not how it was. So after missing one appointment and trying to reschedule another they terminated me, and to be honest I think I have just given up on it. But however the wound always lets me know that it is still hanging around with all the pain it brings. I have also done all of the things said on this board with no results. Not saying this stuff wont work for others. It just hasn't for me! Not sure what to do.
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replied June 30th, 2011
Make a paste of Cayenne pepper and water and apply it to your sore. Change bandage every day and keep clean with warm water.
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replied July 26th, 2011
I have a friend who swears by colloidal silver - internal & external - for wounds - he's a former nurse - and a homeopath - see what you can learn about colloidal silver.
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replied July 26th, 2011
I have a friend who swears by colloidal silver - internal & external - for wounds - he's a former nurse - and a homeopath - see what you can learn about colloidal silver.
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replied July 30th, 2011
Wound dressings
My husband has a wound just above his ankle bone resulting from a small scratch while working in the garden about 6 weeks ago. After two series of antibiotics, numerous visits to doctors and a couple of visits to the hospital acute clinic, it became a crater about 1 1/4 inches across. Then we found out about the home nursing service here in Norway (we didn't know). They're on duty 24/365, the service is free and they are experts in dressing wounds. They use a colloidal silver dressing cut to the size of the wound and placed down inside the crator (in this case) with a drop of gel. The silver draws out the yellow necrotic tissue and encourages the new tissue to grow. They've used zinc paste on the edges of the wound put on with a q-tip. A soft dressing on top to absorb any fluid and a gauze bandage to hold it in place. Then a compression sock to help increase circulation. The surrounding skin is sensitive and red, so you need some kind of soothing lotion on that to prevent further breaks in the skin. My husband clearly reacts to aloe vera and now we're thinking of trying calendula salve. The wound is much shallower now with red healthy patches where the new tissue is growing. We're not home and dry yet, but it's looking encouraging! Good luck!
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replied August 10th, 2011
Thanks to this forum.....
This forum helped me to come up with solutions when doctors we're unable. I live in NYC with
the best healthcare money can buy and these guys couldn't figure it out. I was on antibiotics, topical antibiotics.
None of that worked.
What did work is scrapping out the infection, which my husband and I did... it was like a slow motion scene from some
war movie where I had lost a limb. it was brutal. Then we pressed out as much of the infection
as possible. Then dressed it with the Neosporin (cream)-sugar concoction. Wrapped it in
clean gauze pad and ace bandage, and wore compression stockings. And I also took a lot of
vitamin B and L-Arginine. I was pretty much out of service for a couple of weeks. I know that
helped me heal too. I do understand how this could carry on for months, especially if you have
to work. I am sorry for anyone who has to go through this. If this ever happened again I would
consider trying the Hydrocolloid dressings. They are expensive but after all the money we spent
on all the Neosporin/dressings, it's probably the same.
I do think the best thing to start with as brutal as it was, is get the infection out, no matter what it takes.
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replied October 12th, 2011
abcessed shin wound healing
I had a wound on my shin that Doctors treated with salves and antibiotics for over a year. I finally found a Doctor that applied a providone or betadine soaked gauze pad, he said let it dry peal it off, and reapply. the wound slowly started shrinking, I cannot remember how long it took, but it finally closed.
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replied November 1st, 2011
TIPS TO HEAL THE NASTY CIRCILAR QUARTER-SIZED WOUND
I'm also facing this difficulty.This is my second time
having a rather nasty circular quarter-sized wound on my left leg above my ankle on the front side.It takes months to recover.I do not know what initially cause that to happen but to heal this nasty wound you should: 1)wash your hand, then take a piece of dry and clean tissue and DAB the wound until it becomes dry.DO NOT WIPE YOUR WOUND WITH THE TISSUE!This is because the tissue is very thin and soft so it is advised to dab so that the tissue doesnt stick on the nasty wound. 2)Always try to keep the wound dry (Wash that area with water and soup but by using wet tissue.Slowly wipe it around the wound.),try not to make the wound wet and to keep it dry ,use a bandage or plaster.DO NOT USE TISSUE!!tissue sucks the wetness of the wound but it will eventually make your wound worse because when tissue sticks at your wound it would be painful and hard to take it off and when you use plasters, remember buy the plaster that got NON STICK PAD for quick wound healing, VENTILATED for faster natural healing and ABSORBENT PAD for cushion and comfort. 3)REMEMBER MUST CHANGE THE PLASTER EVERYDAY because the abscess that is discharged from the wound is very unhygienic and if u dont change the plaster, the wound will will spread and grow bigger and bigger and eventually harder to heal or never heal D:
4)REMEMBER ALWAYS GIVE FRESH AIR(VENTILATE) TO THE WOUND like open the plaster and bandage to let the wound breath!!So it can heal faster..(BUT DO NOT EXPOSE THE WOUND TO MUCH, EVERYTHING HAS A LIMIT SO DOES THE WOUND, SO REMEMBER do expose the wound but not to the dusty area because if the wound is wet all the dust will eventually stick there and there is a lot of bacteria and the the wound will be not heal.)
5)If the wound doesnt heal or it heals very slow and u cant wait then go and see the doctor and ask him for the medicine to apply it on your wound.It eventually helps.IF IT REALLY CANNOT HEAL THEN I'M SORRY TO SAY BUT MAYBE YOU GOT DIABETES AND THIS MEANS YOU HAVE TO SEE THE DOCTOR AND THEY WILL HELP scrap out the infected part of skin and then you will have the chance to recover.

I HOPE THIS CAN HELP!!Very Happy
~M~
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replied December 10th, 2011
open wounds
my husband is diabetic and has suffered with open leg wounds for 3 yrs.
Finally as a suggestion from a family member, he went to a LEG VEin doctor. They new exactly what to do. He had foam injections in the veins. it took several (15 or so) procedures. It worked and he has had none since. and a word on the stockings, even those doctors wore them. they know they don't want issues as they get older. so wear them if you can stand it. i have tried, and there okay. i had the thigh high and have to keep pulling them up. my husband cant find any to fit. hope this helps.
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replied December 14th, 2011
leg wound won't heal.
I had some squamous cells removed on my shin. The procedure involved a deep removal to get clear margins. Had 12 surface stitches plus internal stitches that should have dissolved but didn't. Dr said some people are stitch rejectors and my leg was rejecting them. The outer stitches were removed and crater slowly opened up. This continues to weep. Dr says to cleanit with dove soap and water, put antibacterial salve
In it, and put a sealing bandage on. Keep it on for2to 3 days then change. So far it's not healing. What else should I do?
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replied January 11th, 2012
I am glad i found this forum to read and get some advice. The best part about the internet; sharing of experiences and personal solutions by trial and error and eureka for that person, and sharing incase it works for others.

Let's get straight to it-I got oral sex and their tooth knipped the head of my penis. HURT! Result was a small laceration. So, I had this before, a zipper caught me in the wrong plac,and I remember just doing nothing but washing and I remember a scap pretty soon..then, it finally rubbed off and away.

This time, I decided to keep moistured, which was info I found on the internet. so I did, and it looked ok for a while,but I did decide to let it air dry and it scabbed over. Everything fine...then, two days later...Uh, unfortunately I met someone new, and got way too excited and probably should have not done anything until I felt I was really better..
So, back to square one. i returned to letting it air dry, and after a few days it was very hard scab. no pain. just there and hard and working... maybe the 4th day I figured it may be time to get rid of it, so I put tons of vaseline and it came off within an hour..but it was too soon, and it was open again, no skin stayed..so I got even more paranoid(hypochondriactic)and I went for a visit to the std clinic, fearing syphillis. Two doctors looked at me and thought I just had a laceration, and of course, the scab was coming along fine at the doctor's office, crusting, no redness, but when I got home and put more vaseline as suggested by the doctor, the new scab came RIGHT off again. bloody red.
I am now sitting on my couch, smoking a lil medicinal weed, and recollecting on all the other wounds I have had since a child, and how they healed and how i was so fascinated that our bodies understand immediately to heal itself. That is a miracle. I would study my wounds..and watch the blood stop and clot, then the scab forming, and I would watch it. even peaking under the band-aids wondering how in the world is my skin reparing itself? Then I remember the common thread with all of my injuries: What worked for me was to let it just heal itself. It if was small paper cut, no bandaid, just wash and clean. but if bigger, wash,clean, and let dry a bit. then bandage. then wait. I NEVER moisturized...
and DO NOT pic at scab. LET SCAB FALL OFF WHEN IT WANTS TO.

So, I will get official lab test results from STD clinic in a few days, to be sure I have nothing, just incase it's more complicated.
But I have decided to let it air dry, no moisturizer or neosporin. Just like when I was 5 yrs old and fell on my knees, and the band-aids would come off anyway, and the air and my body healed itself.
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replied July 6th, 2012
Solution
I wanted to reply to help you guys. It would begin to heal and form scabs, but the pus would keep the scabbing material so moist that the scabs would simply fall off.

Ask a doctor, any doctor, to prescribe you erythomycin topical gel, 2%. It's normally used for acne. It's an antibiotic gel suspended in alcohol. Apply it once or twice a day and it will hurt like nothing you've ever felt and it will continue to hurt for 30-ish minutes because the gel does not evaporate like normal alcohol. However, the antibiotics will kill the infection and the alcohol will dry up every last bit of pus. Your wound should form scabs within the night or day.
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