Wound Healing

Also indexed as:Cuts, Cuts & Scrapes, Injuries (Wounds), Skin Wounds, Wounds
Repair the damage to your skin and other soft tissues by caring for affected areas and focusing on your overall health. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Repair the damage to your skin and other soft tissues by caring for affected areas and focusing on your overall health. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Deal with deficiencies

    Stick to a healthy diet and take a multivitamin to prevent deficiencies that can slow wound healing

  • Apply antibiotic ointments

    Promote wound healing with topical antibiotics, such as bacitracin, either alone or in combination with neosporin and polymyxin B (Neosporin, Polysporin)

  • Get support from vitamin C

    Take at least 1,000 mg a day of vitamin C to promote connective tissue repair

  • Try on topicals

    Apply an ointment containing zinc, chondroitin sulfate, and/or gotu kola to speed healing of skin wounds

  • Discover the benefits of bromelain

    To reduce swelling and speed the healing time for surgical wounds and soft tissue injuries, take several hundred milligrams a day of this pineapple-derived enzyme during the first several days after surgery or injury

  • Talk to your doctor

    Ask about commonly prescribed topical antibiotics used to treat infection and help with healing, such as metronidazole (MetroGel) and mupirocin (Bactroban)

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.