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    It has red streaks around it- very worried
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    Im pretty sure thats a infection or something like that, book a appointment
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    It has red streaks around it- very worried
    If you're this concerned then call your GP surgery and ask for an appointment with a nurse (say why). They are qualified enough to know what's going on and treat it appropriately. They would also be able to bring in a doctor if they were concerned about it.
    You could also visit a pharmacy or walk in clinic. It does not look worrying (does look like it might be a bit infected though), but you are clearly concerned so get it checked out to ease your mind.

    It looks like you've picked your scab off (hard to tell with a photo)? That's not a good idea because it interrupts your body's natural healing process and makes you more at risk of infection.
    Get an appointment or trip to a walk in sorted out and keep on using an antiseptic-like cream.

    Edit: this is what I'm basing things on. It's difficult to see with a picture so do at least visit a pharmacy.
    You have some redness. A lot of it looks like it's from pulling the plaster off, but it looks like some of it is also actual redness coming from the wound. That can indicate infection.
    There are some white and shiny bits, but that seems to be from the camera. If there is actual white stuff that would likely mean puss and thus infection.
    It looks a little raised around the edges. That would tend to indicate a bit of infection.
    It looks rather deep which could mean if you have an infection or would be a bit more troublesome.
    All that stuff is worth keeping an eye on and having checked by a pharmacist, but isn't terribly worrying. Although infections are not a good thing, little ones that are managed properly are no big issue and basically just mean a bit longer healing time. A pharmacist is somebody you can just stop by to see for free and will be able to check it out to make sure it's healing well and tell you if you need to see somebody else. That would be my usual advice for something like this, but you are clearly concerned so making an appointment with a nurse at your surgery would probably be more comforting for you. Still nothing to get worried over, but they can make sure it's properly cleaned and have a better look than we can on here.

    Again, worth having looked at to make sure it heals up well and doesn't get worse, but nothing to get worried about. There's really nothing else we can do for you on here because we can't see it well enough and are not trained. Just go get it looked at by a real person and go from there.
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    Only a doctor will be able to tell you that, not unqualified people on a student forum. Good luck.
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    It has red streaks around it- very worried
    Is that puss I see in the wound?

    It looks infected, try and book a GP appointment for confirmation
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    It looks absolutely fine.
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    Can't see very clearly those red streaks, don't seem bright enough to be anything serious, it isn't swollen either. Is it warmer around them?
    Definitely not cellulitis or NF, no need to worry. Only need to worry "very much" if becomes expansively purple-ish or you get feverish symptoms.

    Give it some betadine (Povidone-iodine)--It works best for superficial cuts and bacteria don't develop resistance to it.
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    (Original post by tremen222)
    Can't see very clearly those red streaks, don't seem bright enough to be anything serious, it isn't swollen either. Is it warmer around them?
    Definitely not cellulitis or NF, no need to worry. Only need to worry "very much" if becomes expansively purple-ish or you get feverish symptoms.

    Give it some betadine (Povidone-iodine)--It works best for superficial cuts and bacteria don't develop resistance to it.
    There’s decent evidence that states betadine delays wound healing and actually increases infection rates.

    At the end of the day, this is a tiny scratch that is best just leaving alone. If humans popped their coils with such minor injuries the species would have died out a long time ago.
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    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...43919117305368
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...95670110002434
    http://www.woundsaustralia.com.au/journal/1601_01.pdf

    Alternatively:
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...13909516300416
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...0138316302030#!
    https://www.researchgate.net/publica...tematic_review

    Betadine is indeed cytotoxic and I stand corrected, yet other mild iodine-based products seem to promote wound healing.
    As it seems, iodine does not increase wound healing time, does not increase infection rate; but it does not provide any greater advantage over other methods of disinfection. In large wounds it may cause dangerous systemic impacts, yet in smaller wounds has no remarkable systemic effect.

    You are correct in that using disinfectants is not always necessary, I considered that in this case a placebo might help just fine.
 
 
 
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