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Will working out slow the healing time of a cut?

Commented on October 03, 2013
Created September 30, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I cut myself with a filet knife whilest peeling a kiwi. It required some stitches and since I work with my hands- time off work, not good. So I was wondering if I should quit working out in order to get this cut to heal faster.

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on October 03, 2013
at 10:47 AM

Don't peel your kiwis (proper name = Chinese Gooseberry). Just take a dish scourer pad and rub the fruit under a running tap. No more hairs, and the nutritious skin is in tact. :)

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on October 02, 2013
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+1 Exactly the point I wanted to add. Mechanically re-opening the wound with exercise, would be bad. However, if able to avoid doing that, increased blood flow, via exercise, would increase healing capabilities and decrease healing time. However, that's all speculation - if the cut is on the hand, but avoid grip work that may reopen it.

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on September 30, 2013
at 08:22 PM

I guess working out is another stressor to recover from, so possibly. Noticeably slower? I don't know... Maybe just scale back the intensity of workouts, do some walking.

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on October 02, 2013
at 04:53 PM

Kiwis are a real pain to peel. I usually wind up dropping them into the sink which is all sorts of gross. Never cut myself on this task. Exercise is awesome for increased healing as is Paleo, which has made me more resistant to colds, flu, etc. and if I do get something I heal much faster.

Aeb4080aa185501ee22328672200b2f3

on October 03, 2013
at 10:47 AM

Don't peel your kiwis (proper name = Chinese Gooseberry). Just take a dish scourer pad and rub the fruit under a running tap. No more hairs, and the nutritious skin is in tact. :)

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on October 01, 2013
at 10:33 PM

An extremely cursory literature search suggests that moderate exercise will improve wound healing time relative to being sedentary. Intense exercise will almost certainly slow it down, but I have no idea where the line between those two is.

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on October 02, 2013
at 04:46 PM

+1 Exactly the point I wanted to add. Mechanically re-opening the wound with exercise, would be bad. However, if able to avoid doing that, increased blood flow, via exercise, would increase healing capabilities and decrease healing time. However, that's all speculation - if the cut is on the hand, but avoid grip work that may reopen it.

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on October 01, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Of course I wouldn't be doing work outs using grips, I had squats, planks, trunk rotations, and other core exercises.

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on October 01, 2013
at 06:25 AM

Maintaining minimal (ideally zero) relative movement across the cut will help speed healing & minimize scaring.

I've cut myself more time than I care to remember. I've had a lot of stitches but I often forego them to avoid the ER visit or "doc in the box"... I just don't want to take the time.

Keep the cut clean. I clean it once upon injury & then I keep it clean. I keep it dry and I keep the wound tight and stable. I use BandAids, micropore tape or butterflies depending on the wound.

I cut my forehead on the sharp corner on some wood molding on a fireplace mantel at 5pm on a Saturday. I cleaned it and used butterflies to close it and keep it closed.... it knitted in a few days, no stitches, no scar. A wound closed & stabilized w/o stitches is less likely to scar. Of course, serious or really jacked up wounds generally need stiching.

The first 24 hours are critical, if you allow the wound to get dirty or work open, the healing will take much longer. The initial very gentle cleaning, then keeping the wound tight & dry are key to getting things headed in the right direction.

Since your concerned about time off work....forget about working out in anyway that might physically stress the wound closure. Even sweating around the wound will risk slowing the healing... give it a rest.

YMMV but I've used these techniques to very good result for quite a number of years.

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on October 01, 2013
at 12:43 AM

Yeah, I can imagine that your workouts are putting a lot of strain on your hand (squeezing bars to hold them) which will like pull and stress the skin around the stitches. I would focus on exercises that don't demand the use of your hands.

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