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Old 03-14-2010, 02:31 PM
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Removing dried blood from skin

After surgery I have some dried blood on my nose that won't come off with water. Its kinda tender so I have to go easy on it. Is there any sort of solution that would take it off relatively easily?

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Old 03-14-2010, 02:52 PM
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Deleted, not sure what is and isn't medical advice.

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Old 03-14-2010, 02:58 PM
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How about hydrogen peroxide?
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:29 PM
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Try prolonged exposure to water: lay a hot wet towel over the area for a few minutes.
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:56 PM
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Is this at the incision site or blood that dribbled to somewhere else? If this is not at the incision you can spread petroleum jelly on it wait a few minutes and it should wipe right off. The other good one is hydrogen peroxide. You might still have to scrub at it a bit but not as much as if you just use water.
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Old 03-14-2010, 04:07 PM
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Is this directly on the wound, or dripped from elsewhere? If the former, don't try to remove it: The scab is the first step of the healing process.
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:19 PM
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Thanks everyone. I wasn't wondering about the incision area, but some blood had dripped down the side of my nose and under the tip. Petroleum jelly got it right off.
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:55 PM
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When I had a bad cut boo-boo (ie home fixed) I was annoyed/worried about removing the dried blood and the cotton remains stuck to --over-- the wound; It was a pain in the neck, but I didn't want to re-rip open the wound. A doctor friend told me simply to place it in warm water. I can play the piano again (if I could).

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