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Incision not healing after surgery. Tried silver nitrate. Any side effects?

I am 5 weeks post op with a vertical incision that is still not completely healed on the outside. have had 3 treatments of silver nitrate sticks and the area is closing slowly. Is there any thing else I can do speed up healing? Are e side effects to this treatment? I am starting to feel convulsions or palpitations in the muscles in my chest.
Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
Surgical scar healing may take long time in some patients and it may be caused by poor nutrition, stress, contamination of wound, infections, diabetes etc.
You can speed up healing by taking proper diet, vitamin c supplements/ orange juice, zinc supplements. Keeping the wound clean and proper regular dressing can also help wound healing.
Known and frequent side effect of silver nitrate sticks is skin discolouration and pigmentation. Avoid its long term use.
If problem persists then contact your treating doctor for further management.
Hope it helps.
Take Care!
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Incision not healing after surgery. Tried silver nitrate. Any side effects?

Hello, Thanks for posting your query. Surgical scar healing may take long time in some patients and it may be caused by poor nutrition, stress, contamination of wound, infections, diabetes etc. You can speed up healing by taking proper diet, vitamin c supplements/ orange juice, zinc supplements. Keeping the wound clean and proper regular dressing can also help wound healing. Known and frequent side effect of silver nitrate sticks is skin discolouration and pigmentation. Avoid its long term use. If problem persists then contact your treating doctor for further management. Hope it helps. Take Care!