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Scar tissue that still hurts...(10 posts)

Scar tissue that still hurts...Fender
Feb 26, 2003 2:58 PM
I have a small rasberry scar on my left elbow from an accident over four months ago. The scar is still shedding little bits of skin and it stings when I touch it. Is this normal??
Common situationKerry
Feb 26, 2003 4:51 PM
Especially where the skin is thin (near bones) your experience is common. It may take a couple of years for the thing to fully sort out. I've got scars from years ago that are still a little tender compared to the adjacent tissue. Live with it.
Nature's way of reminding you ...Humma Hah
Feb 26, 2003 5:05 PM
... to be careful.

I'd worry about it only if the sensitivity appears to be due either to an infection or to foriegn material imbedded in the tissue. In that case, it would probably take some attention from a dermatologist to correct it.

But if it appears to be healing, however slowly, just give it time.
I recommend to my students, lotion with vitamin E.PODIUMBOOB_DOT_CA
Feb 26, 2003 5:19 PM
Surprisingly, that may make the problem worse!Humma Hah
Feb 26, 2003 5:32 PM
I'm a faithful subscriber to Science News. When they ran a piece on a study in which it was discovered that topically-applied vitimin E (i.e. vitamin E lotions) actually CAUSED skin irritation in a large number of users, I immediately recognized the symptoms. I'd been applying it to a few irritated areas and the problem just seemed to be getting worse, so I'd use even more. I switched to a non-E lotion, and the problem immediately cleared up.

Just why this is so I don't think is known yet. Possibly it is because vitamin E is a potent blood-thinner, and can interfere with clotting. Maybe the commercial concoctions are contaminated with, or derived from, stuff containing allergens (like maybe peanuts or other nut oils).
Sorry! I guess I should have read the data.PODIUMBOOB_DOT_CA
Feb 26, 2003 5:37 PM
I always heard Vit E was good for scars. Guess it was a combo of Old Wive's Tale and Marketing.
Grasshopper, who would be your student?53T
Feb 27, 2003 7:01 AM
Certain people are cut out to be teachers, certain others are not. Those who walk through life applying thier skills of critical thinking will establish a foundation of scepticism that will prevent them from leading their students astray. Certain others will simply be led astray. Make your choice before it is too late for you to change. Maybe then you can snatch the pebble from my hand...
Feb 26, 2003 8:42 PM
You can desensitize the area by bombarding it with stimulation. I use it in therapy everyday for incision sites of surgeries. First try a cotton t-shirt. Just rub the area with the t-shirt, but it should not aggravate it. If that is too easy you can go to a terry cloth towel, then some sort of viration, velour, rice, etc. Different kinds of materials are good and the more your rub it the less sensitive it will get.

Feb 26, 2003 9:02 PM
I have pretty badly scarred elbows from playing ice hockey. Too many times going into the boards elbow first...takes its toll over time. If the area is still tender, you most likely bruised the bone in your elbow. Is just the skin tender, or does the pain feel deeper? If it's deeper, you may want to have a doctor take a look at it. I have known friends who had deep bone bruises that developed infections. Infections can lead to Staph, which may require surgery... so get it checked out... 4 months is a long time to put up with pain on a scrape or raspberry. I don't want to be the doomsayer, but it's better to have it checked out now than have it be a big problem later.
silastic gelGadfly
Feb 27, 2003 9:34 AM
You might try one of the new scar treatment bandaids on the market. They contain a silastic gel sheeting that softens the scar tissue, which often alleviates itching, soreness.