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Old 10-08-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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Quick question about biopsy....

I had 2 skin biopsies today on my arm. I think I am fine this is just a precaution.

Anyway, the doctor told me to put vasoline on them after removing the bandage. I use soap nuts as my soap. I do have Vasoline but I would rather use something that if it rubbed off on my clothes, I wouldn't need to use a harsher soap with.

Anyone know something that would work that would protect my skin? The biopsies were "shaved". Sorry for TMI but it isn't a stitch type situation. And it was 60 degrees here today so short sleeves are not an option!!

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Old 10-08-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:21 PM   #3
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Re: Quick question about biopsy....

I am just coming off this....

Initial biopsy...I decided that I knew best and after the bandage came off I just let it scab over. Never put the vaseline on it. Worst healing ever. Everytime I moved the area the scab would crack causing pain. It was still rawish 2 weeks later.

Margin removal (it was melanoma)...I followed the doctors orders (except I used neosporin) and keep the area moist for 7 days (applied it several times a day). The area is completely healed now (2 weeks later). Very little pain involved. So much better as far as healing even though the size of the wound doubled.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:34 PM   #4
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I had two removed by shaving off and I kept them moist with Vaseline but also covered with a bandage...took about two weeks actually to heal. One day I thought I would let them dry out like a pp said but yeah...painful! Def keep moist. Cover with a bandage if you don't want sleeves or the Vaseline to get on clothes.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:36 PM   #5
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Re: Quick question about biopsy....

No specific experience, but what about lanolin (like you put on chapped nipples?). I've had great luck with it on areas of raw skin. Not sure it would come out of clothes any easier though.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:38 PM   #6
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I've had this done twice... Both times I kept it covered with a small bandaid and neosporin underneath to keep it moist. Did this for a week or two because they were sooo tender. I would let them "air out" periodically to help healing but never let them dry out too much. Both were on my décolletage.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:24 PM   #7
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Re: Quick question about biopsy....

Just had one done on my upper arm. I either used Vaseline or neosporin with a bandaid covering it.
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Re: Quick question about biopsy....

I use neosporin/polysporin and a circular bandaid for 3-4 days, then let it air out.
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