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Is it better to have a thick scab over a wound?

Asked by Plone3000 (668 points ) May 2nd, 2010

I have heard that scabs can slow down the healing process, is this true?

Also are scabs over a wound more likely to cause scaring?

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poofandmook's avatar

picking a thick scab could cause a scar.

and in the case of tattoos, picking off the scabs can damage the tattoo.

laureth's avatar

Scabs are Nature’s Band-Aid. If you leave it there, it heals underneath. If you keep picking at it, the skin has to keep regenerating what you ripped off and that helps make it a scar.

Seaofclouds's avatar

Scabs facilitate healing, not slow it down. Picking at scabs is what will cause scarring. It’s best to leave the scab along and let air get to it for best healing.

Plone3000's avatar

@Seaofclouds, waht does facilitate mean?

Seaofclouds's avatar

@Plone3000 It means it helps the healing.

majorrich's avatar

That’s the problem! How can you NOT pick at a scab? Never been able to do it. :-/

Nullo's avatar

@majorrich You watch a lot of videos of other people picking their own scabs, thereby picking your own vicariously.

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