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Suggest treatment for scratched forehead with nails

When playing netball earlier, a girl scratched my forehead badly with her nail and removed the top layer of skin quite deeply. It bled quite a lot and has left a claw-scratch shape (about 2cm). How do I make this layer of skin grow back without scaring, and roughly how long will it take to heal? I have a wedding in a few weeks!
Thu, 12 Feb 2015
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Hi, I am Dr. Shreyash Mehta, MD Community Medicine

As you told that a girl scratched your forehead badly with her nail and removed the top layer of skin quite deeply. It bled quite a lot and has left a claw-scratch shape (about 2cm). You did not mention whether 2 cm was the length of scar or depth of it.

The skin would grow by itself. You should get regular dressing(twice daily) of the wound. This may help it heal without scarring.

The scar will take about a week to heal.
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Suggest treatment for scratched forehead with nails

Hi, I am Dr. Shreyash Mehta, MD Community Medicine As you told that a girl scratched your forehead badly with her nail and removed the top layer of skin quite deeply. It bled quite a lot and has left a claw-scratch shape (about 2cm). You did not mention whether 2 cm was the length of scar or depth of it. The skin would grow by itself. You should get regular dressing(twice daily) of the wound. This may help it heal without scarring. The scar will take about a week to heal.