Much self-control needed to avoid scratching!
September 27, 2010 4:57 PM Subscribe
I scraped my wrist eight days ago. The gash itself is healing up alright, albeit a bit slower than I'd like, and it looks like it might scar a little. But the surrounding area is red, blotchy, and bumpy like a rash, and it itches terribly. Should I be concerned?
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis to health & fitness (24 answers total)
I got the scrape on a trailer jack when my hand slipped while cranking it. Obviously, the metal might be a concern. I don't have any documentation of tetanus shots but I'm 95% confident I've had one in the last 7 years (which I've heard, but not confirmed, is the period the shot is good for).
After I got the cut it bled a little. It took me a couple hours before I was able to clean the wound. I applied hydrogen peroxide and an adhesive bandage. Since then I've been applying Neosporin to the cut daily, with a fresh adhesive bandage over it each time.
It's not the greatest picture, but this
is what the wound looks like now. You can see the inflamed patches surrounding the cut. It's redder in real life than it appears in that photo. You are not my doctor, but should I go see him about this or will it take care of itself? Can you recommend anything to help the itching go down?