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obxDave

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Getting cuts to heal quickly
« on: June 25, 2020, 12:42:36 AM »
Every few years I have the unfortunate luck of stepping on a piece of glass (or sharp object) playing in the water and then worrying about infection if I get back in the water too soon. I do the full clean out, H-peroxide and anti bacterial ointment routine, but getting the cut to seal up quickly on the sole of your feet always seems to go a bit slow. Curious if there are any recommendations on products (or tricks) to help things along? Iíve seen a few things on Amazon like 3M Vetbond and others that seem to get ok reviews. Any advice?  Thanks!

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Re: Getting cuts to heal quickly
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2020, 02:53:20 AM »
What you want is a Hydrocolloid type bandage. They are waterproof and promote faster healing.
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Re: Getting cuts to heal quickly
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2020, 05:39:42 AM »
Ya, Dave.... It's spooky to cut your feet around us. (same petri dish conditions/couple hundred miles north)  'Poor bugger in Ocean City was cleaning his boat at the end of the season a few years ago on Thurs. prior to departure for wintering in AZ ...was dead by Tues. Vibrio.
My feet get nicked by clams and other debris that is certainly hosting some kind of 'nasty'. I find booties/water shoes hindering.  My wife, the retired RN gave me the usual kit, but I also almost always spritz my feet with Vetericyn if I sense anything.  It's an acid I head about having been used in Iraq relating to IED injuries.   Here's some research...

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Re: Getting cuts to heal quickly
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2020, 05:42:27 AM »
Oh, regarding the brand... When I first needed something like that, people were recommending the DuoDerm brand, since thatís what Doctors use. (It worked great) But since then Iíve also tried consumer brand ones, and didnít notice a huge difference. Just make sure that the gel part is big enough to cover your entire cut.
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Re: Getting cuts to heal quickly
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2020, 07:13:22 AM »
I like the hydrocolloid bandages, but cuts or cracks in thick callus can reopen from just walking around. I clean them well, scrub them (suck it up, it's just a little pain) and superglue them shut. That's nothing you want to do with any injury you haven't cleaned, but you also don't want to use hydrocolloid bandages on an imperfectly cleaned injury.
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Re: Getting cuts to heal quickly
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2020, 09:34:40 AM »
I clean them well, scrub them (suck it up, it's just a little pain) and superglue them shut.
What! No aluminum tape? I'm really liking the clear Gorilla Glue tape these days. And when you take the tape off, you'll have a nice new fresh wound.
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Re: Getting cuts to heal quickly
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2020, 10:38:56 AM »
Oh, regarding the brand... When I first needed something like that, people were recommending the DuoDerm brand, since thatís what Doctors use. (It worked great) But since then Iíve also tried consumer brand ones, and didnít notice a huge difference. Just make sure that the gel part is big enough to cover your entire cut.

Seems 4Ēx4Ē is a fairly standard colloid bandage size. Sorta wonder how it will work being walked on all day or out in the water hopping around on a board? Maybe Iím just being too aggressive about getting back on the water quickly. Have a few more days till the winds are good for wing foiling anyway.

Iíve always heard of the Superglue option but canít say Iíd be excited to try it. Maybe just go with the colloid bandage if I think I still need it and put up with some wetsuit booties to make sure it stays on.

Thanks for the input!

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Re: Getting cuts to heal quickly
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2020, 12:31:20 PM »
Yup. Too impatient  :)

Cuts in the wrong place require the discipline to stay off it, till it heals!
Might be 4-5 days, but a bad infection in the foot is something you donít want to mess with.
The Hydrocolloid bandages are perfect for skinned toes etc but bottom of feet are tough to bandage effectively.
Superglue sounds interesting

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Re: Getting cuts to heal quickly
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2020, 08:08:42 PM »
I had reservations about superglue until I talked to a gaggle of ER docs who were at a "conference" in Maui. I asked if there was a medical grade of superglue and they all laughed. Apparently there is, but the only difference is the name and what it costs. I buy the little five packs that have single-use squeeze tubes. it's the best thing ever for heel cracks from wearing slippahs too much and being a skanky beach bum.

My other tip for heel cracks is don't buy rubber-soled slippahs. They dry out your skin. Leather insoles don't. Worth the price difference. 
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Re: Getting cuts to heal quickly
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2020, 08:21:31 PM »
Itís probably a Caribbean thing, but all my life I have been squeezing fresh lime juice on my cuts and it has worked great. Stings a bit, but worth it.  Itís especially good for Reef cuts which leave behind living organisms. Give it a try...
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Re: Getting cuts to heal quickly
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2020, 04:29:35 AM »
Well tomorrow will be 4 days and already pretty well closed up today with nothing more than daily cleaning/redressing. Iíll take a few extra precautions per the recommendations here just to be sure. Probably due for an updated tetanus shot, unless they have become taboo. Donít keep up much with all the latest medical minutia

Living on a sand bar, Iíve seen plenty of the local surfers and kiteboarders limping around with Staph infections over the years so I donít take it lightly. Some of these kids donít even own footwear  :o so itís easy to see how they end up infected
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Re: Getting cuts to heal quickly
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2020, 08:57:14 AM »
Tetanus shots are only taboo with extremely nutty anti-vaxers. If they saw what someone who has tetanus goes through they'd be shoving their way to the front of the shot line.
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