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Not healing - March 12th 2019, 02:20 PM

It's been over a month since I cut. It was deep enough for some amount of blood to trickle down my skin.
It's been a month now. It's still pink and the sides are dark. It's swollen, like a tiny bump. No scabs formed over the month.
I'm not sure if it's healing. Should I be worried? What can I do about this? I don't want to go to the doctor to get it checked.
   
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Re: Not healing - March 12th 2019, 08:52 PM

Is the cut still open? It would definitely be problematic if the cut has been open for this long. You may have needed stitches or steri strips to help facilitate the healing process. Maybe you can wash it with some gentle bar soap and water? It might help to bandage it during the day and leave it open to let it breathe at night.

There are also keloid scars which are raised scars in the shape of the cut that was made. Any pink or purple coloring tends to last a while on those. Keloid scarring kind of sounds like what you were describing, but you said your skin wasn't healing.


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Re: Not healing - March 12th 2019, 09:24 PM

No the cut isn't open.
I just looked up keloid scarring and it sounds like it.
How long would this last?
Usually when I cut, scabs form within the first week but this time it hasn't. it's just pink and raised and irritated.
   
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Re: Not healing - March 13th 2019, 03:08 PM

I'm not a doctor, but I think keloid scars are pretty common. It might've happened if you went deeper than usual, or if it needed stitches and you didn't get any. It might've just been because of where you it versus other times, etc.

I googled some pictures and it does look like they have the potential to fade, but I don't actually know anything about these besides the 2 minutes I just spent on Google.

Also, based on what is on Google, the only way to do anything about it is through medical intervention. I know you don't want to see a doctor, I'm assuming you're worried what'll happen if they see other self harm scars (are you seeing help for your mental health?), or maybe you can't afford it.

If you can go have that conversation with a doctor, I would still encourage you to do so to make sure it's healing ok and stuff.
   
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Re: Not healing - March 14th 2019, 02:08 PM

To my knowledge, keloid scarring is permanent. They do tend to fade over time but I think the raised part will remain. My keloid scars have been white for a while now and they are about three years old. Currently, I can feel them and see them if I move my body a certain way but that is also because I know what to look for - someone who doesn't may not notice.


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