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Antiseptic is a substance applied on the injured region to avoid having infection, sepsis, or putrefaction. It stops the growth of microorganisms in the wounded area. Antiseptics are often used in surgical procedures in hospitals to reduce the risk of infection.

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My 78-year-old diabetic mother, who is bedridden, developed bedsore in the buttock area. What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor,My mother is 78 years old, diabetic, and taking medications for her condition. She has been bedridden for the past four months and has developed a bedsore wound in the buttock area (photo attached). She was admitted to the hospital for the last 10 days due to a urinary infection and ele...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. It seems to be a pressure-related bed sore (an ulcerative form of erosion). To prevent further issues, avoid friction and pressure on the site. Proper antiseptic precautions are necessary to prevent additional infections. Lifelong surveillance ...  Read Full »

What causes a bald patch on the head of a 2 year old?

Query: Hi doctor, My 2-year-old daughter has a bald patch on her head. It is oval in shape with no hair in it. It is getting bigger from time to time. I am waiting for her blood test appointment now. What is this condition called? How to cure it?  Read Full »

Dr. Shaunak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I presume it is tinea capitis or simply a fungal infection of the scalp. Do not worry, hair can regrow again and there is no permanent damage. It is common in children. It is very important to start the following early for the best results: Stop oiling the scalp. O...  Read Full »

When will my baby's umbilical cord fall off?

Query: Hello doctor,My baby is three weeks old, and his umbilical cord has not shed off yet. So, his pediatrician asked us to get a newborn screening done. The reports will come in two days' time, but I am a hypothyroid patient and his TSH at the time of delivery was 12.690 mcgIU/mL. I am just a little bit...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The most common cause of delay in the falling of the cord is the application of lots of antiseptics to the cord. Another cause is leukocyte adhesion deficiency. Please check if the metabolic screen that you have selected will show it or not. The results of the meta...  Read Full »

Do I need another tetanus shot now if I had one last year?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a tetanus shot last year around June. I had another minor mishap on the road with a small injury (cleaned with antiseptic). Do I need another tetanus shot now?  Read Full »

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The last year's dose is not going to give you any protection now. If any one of the following has happened during the injury, you will need tetanus followup: Injury due to any rusted metallic object. Abrasion due to contact with the ground or the road. Contact w...  Read Full »

I injured my wrist when I was on the hoverboard. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I scraped my skin when I was on my hoverboard. My wrist got attached to the hoverboard tire, and the hoverboard started to spin fast. It hurt really bad. I was bleeding, and the white stuff came out of my hand. I am not able to pick my wrist up as it will hurt. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not worry. The white stuff is subcutaneous tissue. I think you should visit a nearby doctor for dressing and local treatment. You need to get it cleaned with an antiseptic like Betadine solution or Tincture iodine or Dettol whatever is available. Then get Mupirocin ...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to close the abscess with sutures after draining?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a boil on my left labia, and I had that same boil for 2 years, because my doctor was saying it will go away. But, it did not, and last week I went to hospital and the doctor drained the boil with anesthesia, and then he closed it with stitches, now it is still hard and smells li...  Read Full »

Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I totally agree with you. After draining a boil the doctor should have not closed the skin with stitches because how much ever adequately anybody drains the pus, some pus will be left behind for which anti-septic and antibiotic dressing has to be done and a repeat exami...  Read Full »

I stepped on a rusty nail and now it is red and sore. What is the X-ray diagnosis?

Query: Hello doctor, I stepped on a rusty nail in the garage two days ago. The area around it is somewhat red and very very sore. I cannot apply any pressure. I had my tetanus and I am on antibiotics. I had an X-ray with no foreign object found. Then I had a couple MRI scans done in the area. I would like...  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada Jitendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your MRI foot shows a considerable amount of localized subcutaneous edema. The visualized plantar tendons do not show any signs of inflammation. No obvious retained foreign body is seen. However, a good antiseptic care is recommended. Keep a check on any discharge from ...  Read Full »

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