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Why do my wounds (e.g. minor cuts) heal slowly?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 20, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I've always been a slow healer, and am prone to hypertrophic scars.

Lately though (past year or two, since paleo) my wounds heal absurdly slowly. A pimple may take a month to disappear, ditto with cuts. I'd estimate everything is taking twice as long as before.

Could be age, but I doubt it. I'm only 27.

I had a spectracell test. I'm low on B vitamins, vitamin C levels were quite good though. I can list off any other nutrients from that test that might be relevant.

Anyone have any idea on what might help speed things up?

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on December 23, 2012
at 11:09 PM

I had chronic warts and tiny wounds would just grow and get worse and not heal, I ended up getting diagnosed with impetigo because I had the typical sores, and because a tissue culture revealed staphylococcus aureus, which usually goes along with impetigo. Tea tree oil helped immeasurably.

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on December 21, 2012
at 03:33 AM

Though from googling, I don't have anything that looks like the pictures I see of impetigo.

032b342bc20e78d74f3954af570c6258

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on December 21, 2012
at 03:31 AM

I'd be interested in hearing more Scratch. How did you find out you had those?

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on December 21, 2012
at 12:54 AM

I had this problem, I have bumpy scars from mosquito bites, pimples. In my case the problem proved to be chronic staph and impetigo.

032b342bc20e78d74f3954af570c6258

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on December 20, 2012
at 04:49 PM

What foods/vitamins help in the synthesis of those enzymes?

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on December 20, 2012
at 04:48 PM

I'm doing Leangains, so cyclic high carb on workout days, low carb on rest day.

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on December 20, 2012
at 04:34 PM

I don't think this has any basis in reality. Our bodies can make glucose from protein, should there be any need.

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on December 20, 2012
at 04:20 PM

What sort of diet are you eating? This can be a problem with very low carb diets in general, and I understand it is exacerbated by being in ketosis. More here:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/38174/low-dietary-glucose-causing-slow-wound-healing#axzz2FWOquWrl

(and meant to add, I'm much older than you but have had the opposite experience -- I heal much faster than I used to. I eat a modified paleo/primal, lowish but not very low carb diet -- just under 30% carb -- with lots of tubers, fruits, veggies and fermented dairy)

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on December 20, 2012
at 04:34 PM

I don't think this has any basis in reality. Our bodies can make glucose from protein, should there be any need.

032b342bc20e78d74f3954af570c6258

(50)

on December 20, 2012
at 04:48 PM

I'm doing Leangains, so cyclic high carb on workout days, low carb on rest day.

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on December 21, 2012
at 12:22 PM

How's your stress levels? High, chronic cortisol levels can prevent healing, and is one of the tells that you have too much stress in your life.

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on December 21, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Not sure as to the mechanism of why, or which specific foods/suppliments will help but I too noticed slow wound healing initially after going primal/paleo. I can however highly recommend topical use of propolis tincture - it really sped up the healing amazingly. Manuka honey (the most active stuff you can find) - topically either alone or mixed with propolis tincture, is fantastic too. All the best.

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on December 20, 2012
at 04:33 PM

Systemic enzymes breakdown damaged tissue. Perhaps you don't make as much as most 27 year olds.
I once cut my finger rather badly with a razor blade, but I don't have a scar there because I took Wobenzym while the cut was healing. There is a lot of crazy marketing with systemic enzymes, and most of the multi-enzyme products are pretty expensive. There is a range- from people taking a little extra so they can digest food, to older people popping enough of this stuff so that they can feel like a kid again (supposedly the pancreas pumps a lot of enzymes out when we are young, so we heal quicker, and then it slows to a dribble.

Here is the wiki for Pancreatin, which is probably the most important, and what your body should be making. There are all sorts of others- serrapeptase is one that is currently popular, but it would probably be best to figure out if your body is making what it should be making first. I've tried a few things, but so far, I can only justify supplementing when there is an acute reason to- like if I have an injury that I want to heal. I've no idea what would be a good strategy if you are consistently low on these things.

032b342bc20e78d74f3954af570c6258

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on December 20, 2012
at 04:49 PM

What foods/vitamins help in the synthesis of those enzymes?

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