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Head cuts not healing, tips?

A minor irritation I know but I have a cut on my scalp that clots but will not heal up. Every time I accidentally knock the scab it bleeds again. Tried paraffin based cream, emollient cream (contains almond oil and lanolin). Also tea tree oil. Also taking folic acid, no joy. As I say minor irritation but would welcome any tips to encourage healing as it detracts from my handsome good looks😂😂

UK Sparky

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Something containig panthenol? Or if you're into natural remedies, a calendula salve.

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I'd put a dry dressing that won't stick to it on it once a new scab has formed. Should do the trick as you only need to stop it getting knocked.

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Thanks jm954, tried this but no success, cut is from six months ago tried covering for two months. Still it is little more than an incovenience!

UK Sparky

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My advice would be to make an appt at your drs surgery with the nurse. She will be able to dress it with inidine and a proper wound healing dressing and perhaps see you on a weekly basis to redress and check progression of healing. Please be very careful of an infection.

Take care

Susiecarer

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I recently had a wound treated by my hospital wound care specialist, they simply used a sterile saline solution and covered it with an air tight bandage for a few days and repeated the process. The wound which had not healed in months, is now almost totally gone.. just a very small scab left.

I suggest you get a specialist wound nurse... not just any nurse.

chr

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Sparky, do you have diabetes? Just thinking of a possibility of an underlying reason for the non-healing aspect.

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No diabetes, will see nurse specialist, thanks for tips playmates will let you know how it goes

UK Sparky

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I am a Nurse :) u need to see a dermatologist

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Thanks Lola

UK Sparky

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Hello U.K.-Sparky. You might want to see a dermatologist. Many CLL patients develop skin cancers, often basal cell, on the scalp. I have had it removed a couple of times. Best Wusges.

Carole in U.S.

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Thx carole

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My dermatologist, when he "shaves something off" wants me to use Vaseline only and covered with a waterproof bandage. A nurse who worked with a wound care specialist said he uses manuka honey (the medical type). Given how long you have been dealing with this I would see a wound care specialist,more at the very least, a good dermatologist, especially to make sure that there isn't some underlying cause for the lack of healing.

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Thanks for advice Mslockyourposts

UK Sparky

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Hi UK-Sparky, I advise you to see a dermatologist for a biopsy for skin cancer since the area is not healing properly. Any wound that does not heal on the skin ( or any changes to our skin ) should be a red flag for us CLL'ers, since we are so susceptible to skin cancer When I had a squamous cell skin cancer, the area would heal with a scab, and then open up again.

Please get a consult as soon as possible, and don't let your GP tell you it is nothing - GP's are not trained very well to recognize skin cancers.

All the best,

Sandy Beaches

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Thanks Sandy Beaches

UK

Sparky

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Being accident prone, I have frequent cuts and scrapes which will not heal with non- prescription topical medicine. I have to use a prescription antibiotic ointment to prevent and/or treat infection. It’s called Mupirocin here in the States.

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Saw Nurse at health centre at 8.30 today, she took me into GP at 8.35 and now awaiting trip to skin specialist in a week just in case...fingers crossed, thanks for advise my forum friends

UK Sparky

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Hi there - just wondering how you got on?

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Praise to the NHS! Thanks for interest Kathp, saw dermatology specialist within within 6 days, seen on time, checked all my skin anomalies, had biopsies on two wounds within the hour and now awaiting biopsy results due with 10 days. Specialist did not seem overly concerned though told me off for waiting so long with non healing wounds. Fingers crossed!

Thanks

UK Sparky

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Thanks for the update -that is excellent service and also good news that things are progressing in the right direction! 🙂

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