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Old 06-10-2009, 11:14 AM
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Fast Wound Healing

Hey everyone, I think this is the place to ask this... Well yesterday i was taking this 327 block with crank in it off so i can make room on my stand for a 383. I'm young and stupid, but I've carried blocks before without any major problems. As I was turning around, my foot slipped and i went down backwards, with the block pinning my hand between a power steering assembly lying on the ground, and the block. It tore off a one inch square chunk of skin, right down to the muscle. Went to the hospital, got stitches, with no major nerve damage. How long will the skin take to seal back up? and how long until the bruising/excruciating pain goes away? I realize there isn't an exact answer but I was hoping for a ball park. Any tips on faster healing (and wearing gloves/making sure your shoes are not soaked in oil)?

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Old 06-10-2009, 11:30 AM
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I would clean it with Hydrogen peroxide then apply Neosporin everyday. To work in the garage wrap it with breathable gauze and tape. Avoid submersing it into chemicals of any kind for at least a week. Remember, the stitches can pull out so don't overdo it. And the pain is a reminder to NOT screw up again.

The key here is keep it clean.
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The correct answer would be to ask the doctor ! BTW, where did you lose the skin ?


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hi!! i'm getting old...been a tractor mechanic for a long time now,,, all i can say is be verryyy careful,, when you are young ,,nothing hurts,, several years later,,you will have trouble tearing off a head,, 1 turn and snap... working in a shop with guys 10 years younger,,they all were standing around waiting for me to come up from tractor because i made such a noise when i get up..made them think of what it would be like for them in 10 years.. 1 even changed jobs because he dosn't want to sound lile me at 55....
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bobjob, i'm seventeen, almost eighteen, going into mechanics and am not really afraid of getting hurt or worn down. The skin is missing, or was, right betweeen the thumb and pointer finger, right on the joint. Pm me your email if you wanna see what NOT to look like ahaha
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Late feb. this year I ran my left index finger thru the table saw. The saw was tilted at a 45 degree angle so the blade cut my finger like I was pointing at it...not across the finger. It removed an 1/8" of meat off the end of my finger 3/4 the way to my 1st knuckle just below the bone. It took about a 1 1/2 months for the thing to complety heal. (Stiches were out in two weeks) But I heal quickly...or so I am told. Just keep it clean and let it breath at night...take the bandage off. Air is a good thing for healing, plus don't put an ointment on it at night. This is the way I have taken care of my wounds and so far so good. But hey advice is cheap....so just becarefull! Follow the docs orders. And be carefull would ya!

Oh and the pain...only lasts as long as you let it!
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:20 PM
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I would clean it with Hydrogen peroxide then apply Neosporin everyday.

The key here is keep it clean.
Neosporin? Is that the same as polysporin?
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Disclaimer: All medical info herein is one of personal experience and opinion and should not be taken as doctors orders.

Neosporin. Or 'triple antibiotic ointment'


Please note, this stuff is not a replacement for soap and water- which is almost always your best defense against bacteria and subsequent infection. You do NOT want MRSA or Necrotizing Fasciitis, which is an invasive form of the Staph or Strep bacteria.

Bottom line, wash yer mitts
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Neosporin is a great anti-biotic and promotes fast healing and is what I use most all the time.

However, at the onslaught of an injury I sometimes use campho phenique (sp?) to remove the pain - - don't know why but it seems to really ease the soreness especially on punctures and cuts. Then I would finish up with Neosporin for the faster healing.

Good Luck and be MORE careful next time
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Doctors are now recommending NOT to keep the wound moist with any ointment as that can actually slow down the normal scabbing process of healing.

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The more time you have it exposed the faster it will heal .

The Human body is a amazing piece of equipment.

When I get a cut I use the bandage glue to put it back together .

This 9 out of 10 times does not produce a scare it just heals up & much faster than is it has to produce a scab.

Its cleaner too.





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youngster;;;; you will get tore -up from the floor-up....been a tractor mechanic most my life... seen way too much.. don't brag about a little boo-booo...
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Crap that had to hurt.

Pick up some latex gloves to help keep it clean until it heals.
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Thank you all for your support It has greatly helped and hopefully I should be pullin wrenches in no time!!! Worst part is coming home and seeing the Hemi Hunter (67 Impala) in the garage and not able to work on her tried last night and oh wow I really should lay off for a bit

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youngster;;;; you will get tore -up from the floor-up....been a tractor mechanic most my life... seen way too much.. don't brag about a little boo-booo...

bobjob, I realli wasn't trying to brag or boast, I'm actually quite embarrassed at this. I'm sorry you took it that way, it was NOT its intent whatsoever, and I'm sure I will get torn up from the ground up, but cars are my life and that's a price I'd pay

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Boo Boo's are common in this line of work I've had so many cuts etc on my hands I can be pouring blood and not even notice anymore.Just be careful this stuff can hurt or kill you.Always take time to think before you act your next mistake could be your last.
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