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Cause and remedy for delayed wound healing - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello,lately (the last few years) I've noticed my skin doesn't really heal or scab. Cuts even pimples will take a long time to heal and almost always turn into a pretty bad scar. The last week I was on a motorcycle and got a pretty bad burn on my leg from the exhaust pipe, my leg is not healing and I'm wondering if it might be from vitamin deficiency. I do take multivitamins pretty regularly, but I've also been a vegetarian for the last 8 years, any suggestions would be alot of help, thanks
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   Yes you are right
Doctor :   Vitamin deficiencies can delay wound healing
User :   is there anything specifically that I might not be getting, or might help speed up the healing, like b-vitamins or anything?
Doctor :   Being a vegetarian means that you are not receiving enough Vit B 12
Doctor :   but wound healing is delayed usually due to vit C deficiency
Doctor :   Vegetarians must consume enough Milk & milk products
User :   hmmm...I've noticed my body almost doesn't scab over at all when I get cuts or anything
Doctor :   Yogurt is good
User :   does it only sound like a vitamin deficiency?
User :   yogurt is good
Doctor :   There are other causes
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   I'm 23
Doctor :   at this age it is less likely to be due to chronic diseases like Diabetes
User :   would it be a good idea to get my blood tested?
Doctor :   Blood test for Glucose levels- RBS
Doctor :   Liver function test
User :   Ok, are there any other potential causes of something like this?
Doctor :   That will do for a start
Doctor :   It is mostly due to Vit deficiency
Doctor :   other causes are collagen vascular diseases
Doctor :   & depending on location- local factors are
Doctor :   infection, low blood supply.
User :   hmmm, ok I will be sure to get more vitamins (b-12+vit c) should I also schedule a health check up?
Doctor :   Inherent deficiency in collagen production
Doctor :   Do you bleed for prolonged periods after injury?
User :   I havn't been seriously injured in a while, but nothing too bad from what I've noticed
User :   I just don't heal, really
Doctor :   Continue multivitamins for 2 months
Doctor :   make sure you take enough vitamins in your diet
Doctor :   Fresh fruits & vegetables, citrus fruits like lemon, orange
Doctor :   These will give you VitC
User :   Ok, I guess my time is almost up, thanks for your time
Doctor :   Have a lemon juice daily
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