Scissor Mishap and Wound Healing

Well, I unfortunately had a fairly bad accident with a pair of scissors. I just returned from emergency where they patched up my finger.

I’m wondering if anyone knows of any nutrients/vitamins/minerals/etc. that would help with wound healing. etc.

Thanks very much

PS. Typing with one hand sucks.

Man that sucks.

Sorry to hear it.

Only thing I can think of as far as vitamins is E. It is supposed to help heal. I will check some of my books right quick. I am sure TT has some great suggestions also.


Knitting can be a very dangerous sport Thunder. You’re getting too old for these young guys’ extreme events. :slight_smile:

Ok, checked out some books on herbs that will help.

To fresh cuts apply lavender oil after cleaning and stopping bleeding to ward off infection and speed healing.

After that change bandage atleast 4 times a day and apply aloe vera gel or calendula cream to stop infection and speed healing.

As far as vitamins and minerals, Vitamin C, Vit E, and Selenium all contain antioxidants that will help with healing the cell damage and prevent infection.

Hope that helps.

Geezus, what the hell were you doing?

Maybe more Vitamin C? I’d suggest a visit to a Chinese herbalist, you’d just think that was “voodoo medicine” or something. wink

Just be careful, dude!

What the heck did you do?

if you’ve got a row of stitches keeping your hand together, your doc should have given you a topical cream you add with your dressings that inhibits any infections from taking over. this also limits the amount of pus that remains in that area and speeds healing. with or without stitches, you should use polysporin which acts quickly to promote skin regrowth. just follow the instructions on the tube (2-3 applications a day) and depending on how deep or long your cut is, you’ll be healing much quicker than if you left it alone.

and, for emergencies, i always think a bottle of Jack never hurts.

Sorry to hear that Thunder,

Try Arnica 30c.
It helps a lot in cuts, soreness, and bruises.

Get Well.


any burns scratches and generally skin stuff does well with aloe vera

everybody knows that…but it is my experience and that of others that apple cider vinegar works something like 5 times better…try it

it will probably hurt…but hey your a tman :slight_smile:

Sorry to hear about your mishap.

Tea tree oil is a great broad spectrum disinfectant if you’re worried about infection.

quit cutting out pictures of bodybuilders and that shit wont happen.

Rock beats scissors, so load up on those minerals.

Hell with worrying about healing you need to come up with a better story when people ask about the scar.

Neosporin, Vit C, Vit E.

Thanks for the replies thus far. I’ll be implementing some of them when I can.

That’ll teach you to run with scissors!!!
OTC neosporin should help with healing and minimize scaring

You shouldn’t run with scissors.

zinc may be helpful. scissors? this forum has been getting weirder and weirder.

Thunder, I have a feeling it’s a pretty bad wound or you wouldn’t have posted. Is there anything more than skin and/or muscle damage? Is there tendon, ligament or joint damage?

MD gave you some great advice with the tea tree oil. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial. Apply with a Q-tip. It shouldn’t really sting too much; it’s actually rather cooling/soothing.

I probably wouldn’t recommend the arnica. It’s great for bruises, but shouldn’t be applied to broken skin, as it’s toxic.

In your particular case, I’d really recommend some Wobenzyme. It’s usually used for joint inflamation, but it’s nothing more than a bunch of different proteolytic enzymes that will help with protein turnover. I’d probably jack up the bromelain in particular, above and beyond what you get in the Wobenzyme.

Wobenzyme should be taken on an empty stomach (2 hours after a meal or 1 hour before a meal), outside the presence of protein so that is used for protein turnover and not (ingested) protein digestion.

Don’t be afraid to take significantly more than what’s listed on the bottle. I’d probably take 50% more than what’s listed on the bottle, 3 or 4 times a day.

In general, I don’t recommend L-Arginine, but for your situation, wound healing, it’s particularly effective. I’ll copy below something I found on the Life Extension Foundation web site, a source I trust implicitly:

"Injury significantly increases the need for the amino acid arginine, which is essential for a variety of metabolic functions. Animal studies have demonstrated that, following surgical trauma, dietary supplementation with arginine results in an increase in nitrogen retention and increased body weight, both of which are essential for successful recovery (Sitren et al. 1977; Minuskin et al. 1981; Chyun et al. 1984; Jeevanandam et al. 1997; Mane et al. 2001). In a clinical study published in a major medical journal, arginine supplementation significantly increased the amount of reparative collagen synthesized at the site of a “standard wound” (an incision 5 cm long and 1 mm in diameter, into which a catheter was inserted) made in healthy volunteers. The same study found marked enhancement of the activity and efficacy of peripheral T-lymphocytes (white blood cells in the bloodstream) (Kirk et al. 1993).

“Other animal and human studies have demonstrated that arginine stimulates the cell-mediated immune response and protects against bacterial challenges (Gurbuz et al. 1998). In animals, dietary supplementation with arginine increases the weight of the thymus, the master gland of the immune system, and reduces shrinkage of the thymus following trauma and in normally aging animals. The benefits of arginine for thymic function have also been demonstrated. Its ability to restore thymic endocrine function is evidenced by increased blood levels of thymulin, one of the hormones secreted by the thymus gland. Clinical studies have shown improved immune function in cancer patients fed arginine. Arginine’s ability to improve wound healing and immune-system function is thought to be related to its stimulation of the release of growth hormone. Growth hormone plays a critical role in modulating the immune system and is essential for muscle growth and development. That growth hormone secretion diminishes progressively with advancing age is one of the primary reasons for the decline in immune-system function and muscular strength as we grow older. To accelerate wound healing, the Life Extension Foundation recommends 10-22 grams of supplemental arginine daily.”

I know you’re probably in some pain, but don’t go out of your way to try and stop/quench the inflammation for a few days; it’s part of the healing process. And myself, just me, here, I wouldn’t any NSAIDs, which inhibit protein synthesis and the healing process.

I’m really sorry about what happened. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thunder, I forgot a couple of things.

I assume you’re taking a good multi. In addition, increase Vitamin C (1g every 4 hours), Vitamin E (at least 800iu/day) and r-ALA (100mg every 4 hours). Any time there is an injury, there is an increase in free radical damage. r-ALA in this case regenerates Vitamins C & E, extending their useful life.