Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Likely Problems After A Wound Has Healed

Most wounds heal without any problems. However, a few unfortunate conditions may develop:

1. A piece or material gets embedded in the tissue under the healed wound. The area usually remains rather tender (it usually happens with glass fragments).

2. The scar ends up discoloured, particularly after a bad gravel rash.

3. A small piece of skin has been pushed into the wound, where it grows and eventually forms a ‘dermoid cyst’ that is harmless but needs removal.

4. Scars over the areas that are stretched often, such as knee, elbow and over the knuckles, often grow to be quite thick for a brief period, but usually become flat and colourless after a few months.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

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