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Cuts/wounds - has paleo helped you heal quicker?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 09, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Hi all,

My dog bit through my thumbnail today (she mistook it for a stick...) and it pierced the nail and the nail bed. There was an incredible amount of blood, a charming crunching sound and plenty of tears on my part...! I went to the doctor and they gave me a script for antibiotics in case of infection, since my dog bit it (mouth bacteria) and the skin had been pierced.

I'm not going to take the antibiotics - I know doctors tend to wheel them out in the case of injuries like this where the skin is broken. I don't want to upset my bowels and digestive system since they're already in a fragile state from my IBS and suspected fructose problems. However, I'm just curious on how I'll go with healing now that I've been paleo for around 2 months. I know it's not a huge amount of time, but I'm curious to see how my body reacts to this first sickness/injury I've had since being paleo.

Has anyone else found their body heals infections, cuts, wounds, etc. more quickly since going paleo? Any tips to help? Obviously the nail is going to fall off but I'm just thinking of healing the bruising and preventing any possible infection.

EDIT: Thanks for all the responses! I think I will get the antibiotics to be on the safe side, since it's from my dog and it's possible she punctured right into the nail bed. I agree that with wounds and trauma type injuries the antibiotics are probably the best thing. I have to get the breath tests for fructose/lactose intolerance in around about 1 month, so I'll have to change them since you can't have taken oral antibiotics for 4 weeks prior. But, these things happen. Thanks again!

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:21 AM

Interesting. I don't get injured/cut often at all, so this was quite new for me. I was screaming like a lunatic with the pain!

6a67d10bc4a9b73ebcc5adad4a3b5c42

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:20 AM

Yeah, I agree. I think I'll get the antibiotics to be safe :)

6a67d10bc4a9b73ebcc5adad4a3b5c42

(75)

on January 10, 2013
at 01:20 AM

Haha yes - flesh eating bacteria definitely not the kind you want!

6a67d10bc4a9b73ebcc5adad4a3b5c42

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:19 AM

Haha very true! Fingers are precious! Thanks for the feedback :) Think I will take the antibiotics to be safe.

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:18 AM

Hmmm yes I think I agree. I may fill my script today. If it does get infected, it'll affect my day-to-day quite badly and as you say, it's hard to get rid of.

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on January 09, 2013
at 11:16 AM

Yes, my wounds heal faster on Paleo, and I'm less susceptible to various bacteria or viruses. The pain feeling has changed too, I don't scream like a baby anymore when I get burned or cut.

But a dog bite, that might be different and might need treatment.

6a67d10bc4a9b73ebcc5adad4a3b5c42

(75)

on January 10, 2013
at 01:21 AM

Interesting. I don't get injured/cut often at all, so this was quite new for me. I was screaming like a lunatic with the pain!

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on January 09, 2013
at 03:39 PM

Go back to basics just like Paleo! Use coconut oil! It has natural antifungal and antibacteria properties. I use it with all of our kids and even when our son had poison ivy. Cleared it right up without using any antibiotics or chemical-based products.

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on January 09, 2013
at 01:37 PM

If you choose not to start the antibiotics now, think seriously about starting them if it gets redder and more sore as the days go on, or if it gets really warm, or any other sign of infection. The worse the infection gets, the harder it is to get rid of.

This is one of the things that conventional medicine is good at, trauma stuff. Antibiotics are overused for things like viral infections, but for things that can cause really bad infections that cause sepsis, they are life savers. Modern medicine is not all bad, just over used.

6a67d10bc4a9b73ebcc5adad4a3b5c42

(75)

on January 10, 2013
at 01:18 AM

Hmmm yes I think I agree. I may fill my script today. If it does get infected, it'll affect my day-to-day quite badly and as you say, it's hard to get rid of.

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on January 09, 2013
at 12:38 PM

Sounds very painful! I understand not wanting to take the antibiotic-- the last time I had to take them a few years ago it started a world of issues. I would be very reluctant to take again for such a thing.

It's not like you were bit by a stray animal who might be infected with rabies or other diseases.

Ok, now you've got me googling the cleanliness of a dog's mouth vs humans.... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-harold-katz/whose-mouth-is-cleaner-do_b_831587.html

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on January 09, 2013
at 11:43 AM

You could get a topical antibiotic, although a bite like that could have sent a lot of nasty bacteria into your blood stream. You might want to reconsider. You can always repopulate your gut flora later, as hard as this might be. :(

At least put a ton of iodine on it, and maybe a drop of oregano oil. But I wouldn't risk it.

6a67d10bc4a9b73ebcc5adad4a3b5c42

(75)

on January 10, 2013
at 01:20 AM

Yeah, I agree. I think I'll get the antibiotics to be safe :)

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on January 10, 2013
at 03:11 PM

Antibiotics should be avoided if at all possible, especially if you have IBS. They will screw up your stomach like no other. If your dog does not have any diseases, you should be fine. If you notice anything weird or an infection you can always take them later.

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on January 09, 2013
at 07:27 PM

I avoid antibiotics as much as possible -- haven't taken one in years. But I think in this scenario I would go for the antibiotics.

If you don't mind a bit of dark humor -- my son had to get stitches recently, and the emergency room doc prescribed antibiotics. I asked if he really thought my son needed them, and his answer was -- "well, how do you feel about flesh eating bacteria?"

6a67d10bc4a9b73ebcc5adad4a3b5c42

(75)

on January 10, 2013
at 01:20 AM

Haha yes - flesh eating bacteria definitely not the kind you want!

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on January 09, 2013
at 07:17 PM

In my personal experience I haven't noticed any faster healing or anything.. and I'm very familiar with having cuts and breaks in skin due to BJJ.

Regarding antibiotics, I agree with Karstyl. This is one occasion I would take antibiotics.

I avoid antibiotics as much as possible especially with coughs, upper respiratory infections, and sore throats.. cases in which they are completely overpresribed.

BUT you don't want to mess around with animal bites. Before you know it, the infection can progress and develop an abscess... affect the bone... or even go into the joint... complications you would want to avoid at all costs... gut flora or not.

So if you happen to decide to skip out on the antibiotics... please tread carefully.. and at the slightest sign of worsened infection or fever or anything... consider the antibiotics.

You can always repopulate your gut flora... but once you lose a finger you can't get it back!!

6a67d10bc4a9b73ebcc5adad4a3b5c42

(75)

on January 10, 2013
at 01:19 AM

Haha very true! Fingers are precious! Thanks for the feedback :) Think I will take the antibiotics to be safe.

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