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Wound care?

Asked by Kellyeichhorn (14points) 3 weeks ago from iPhone

How long can I use Neosporin on a would before it slows healing? I tripped over a curb, went down face first and scraped the skin off my knee under my pants. I’m using peroxide and Neosporin. It’s really red and oozy. How long before Neosporin slows healing?

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Mariah's avatar

I am not a doctor, but I wouldn’t expect Neosporin to slow healing at all. Wounds heal best when kept slightly moist, which ointments like Neosporin and Vaseline are good at doing. If it forms a scab it’s gotten too dry.

Eat a lot of protein. You will heal much faster.

chyna's avatar

What she said, but wanted to add that peroxide will dry it out so I would stop using it.

snowberry's avatar

And lots of sleep. Our bodies heal while we sleep.

Zaku's avatar

I’d also soak it in a hot bath fairly regularly to help it drain.

CWOTUS's avatar

Welcome to Fluther.

Your question is a bit puzzling to me, because Neosporin doesn’t “slow healing” – at all. So I’m wondering if you mean “how long before it slows bleeding”, and the answer to that is “it won’t”.

The general purpose for Neosporin (and for peroxide, too, for that matter) is to provide a barrier to the entry of infection (and for peroxide, of course, to kill any infectious bacteria that might be present). Neosporin also claims to aid healing by “speeding up” the healing process, but I doubt whether that is strictly true. If you’re still bleeding / oozing, then it’s best to cover the wound to prevent additional abrasion and irritation of the skin, and give it a chance to scab over properly and then complete healing.

snowberry's avatar

Carmex was designed for lip sores, but in my experience it also works to help wounds drain quite well. The active ingredient is salicylic acid, which is also the active ingredient in Compound W. I suppose that’s why it helps wounds to drain.

CWOTUS's avatar

Salicylic acid is also known as “aspirin”.

snowberry's avatar

^^ Yup! ;D

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