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24 Dec 2002

Leg wound taking long to heal.
Dear Doc

A friend of mine has a wound on her shin (falling accident) that is taking so long to heal. Could a bug have entered her bone also?
How does one best treat such a wound? What is the prognoses & recovery/healing time with proper medical care?

Thanx for all your wonderful advice and for healing so many people on this forum and elsewhere.
Merryxmas to you and your family.
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01 Jan 0001

Duke, it depends on whether there is pus or not. If there is pus she will have to take antibiotics or at least an antibiotic ointment like Bactroban®. You have to remember that the skin is very thin on the shins and that it does take longer than other skin to heal. If the wound is clean she can get something like Granuflex® from the pharmacy and keep it covered for at least 3-5 days before taking it off. If she does this, it should clear up within 2-3 weeks. Good luck and thank you for the nice words.
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