Let’s face it, we have all picked a scab at some point in our lives. It’s tempting to want to peel off that unsightly crust that forms over a wound, especially if it’s dry and flaky. But do you know what really happens when you pick a scab? Let’s dive into the dangers of picking too soon.
Before we talk about the dangers of picking scabs, let’s first understand what they are. Scabs form when your skin is injured and blood clots at the site of the wound. The clot dries up and creates a hard covering called a scab which protects the wound as it heals underneath.
The healing process can take several days to weeks depending on how deep or big the injury is. During this time, new skin cells grow and gradually replace the damaged tissue.
Why Do We Pick Scabs?
We all know that picking a scab can be bad for us, but why do we still do it? For some people, picking serves as an outlet for anxiety or stress. Others may simply find relief from itching or discomfort caused by the presence of crusted skin.
Whatever your reason may be, resist the urge to scratch or scrape off any dried-up pus or flakes until your healing process runs its course completely! Your body knows what its doing – trust in it!
Dangers Of Picking Too Soon
Now that we understand what scabs are and why we might pick them prematurely -let’s explore some obvious reasons why you should avoid peeling those protective layers before their time:
Delayed Healing Time
Picking at your wounds interrupts natural bodily processes meant for healing injuries. Areas around wounds experience inflammation because of exposure ‘to open air’ & delayed regeneration/re-oxygenation.
If you decide to expose these areas to open air by picking ‘dry skin’ before time, your wounds will take longer to heal. Worse still, picking too soon creates opportunities for bacteria & other agents that can introduce an infection which ultimately adds more suffering on you.
Scarring Or Discoloration
Allowing the scab to fall off naturally leaves new skin tissue free of scars.
Picking at a scab is like tearing down a freshly constructed building and starting afresh – only more harrowing if scar tissue forms from your habits- and it might not go away entirely as well.
From experience, We know just how frustrating this issue gets– So keep clear of those naughty fingers-and fighting impulsivity is key here.
Increased Risk Of Infection
A wound under the scab remains susceptible until it completely closes to form fresh skin- exposing fresh cells in shallow, unprotected cut encourages risk of infection using external factors such as dirt/particles or exposure through hand contact with existing germs and fluids like sweat and saliva.
Once you pick off the scab prematurely, you are exposing yourself up to bacteria/toxins/external debris that could potentially lead to skin infections or even something more severe!
Let’s move over some questions that people ask about their wounds:
- How Long Does It Take For A Scab To Heal Before It Falls Off Naturally?
Scabs typically last around two weeks if left alone but scraped-off ones may form again causing restarting the whole spectrum of issues mentioned above.
It’s best t wait until they come off naturally on their own. . .
- If I Scratched Off My Scab Too Soon And Got An Infection –What Treatment Can I Use?
If an injury causes an infection from premature scratching/scraping-‘a cream’ prescribed by a doctor may be helpful, one could visit a doctor for check up if the wound appears more severe & is worsening over time.
Scabs can be annoying at times but picking them before completion of the healing process will make things worse! If you cannot resist the temptation to scratch off any flakes, pus or residue from your wounds because of itching or anxiety-then cover it up with bandage and try to keep it dry.
That way, no moisture accumulates on scab which aids a better recovery.
Take care of your wounds by keeping them clean and covered until healed. Don’t give into temptations and allow natural processes dictate how they heal instead- we promise there is an abundance beyond what meets the eye in sticking strictly to that tip!