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Re: [RC] furacin caustic Susan Please - Linda Marins

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Susan E. Garlinghouse, DVM" <suendavid@xxxxxxx

...Furacin (both ointment and powder...promote
granulation tissue.  Granulation tissue is the first tissue the body
manufactures to form a bridge across a cut, upon which epithelial (skin)
tissue will later migrate across to close the wound.  The problem is that
epithelial tissue doesn't do speed bumps very well, and if the granulation
tissue creates a scaffold, and then continues to grow abnormally above the
level of the surrounding tissue (forming a bump of increasing size), then
the skin won't close and you get proud flesh...  

Is this the reason why, as a kid, we were always told to
pick the scab off of leg cuts every day "to prevent

It never made any sense to me to pick a scab off of a
healing cut.  I'd think that the scab would be protection
from infection.  Yet that's what we were told (mid 60's
to early 70's) and there my friends would be, soaking the
scabs on our horse's fetlocks or pasterns, and picking
them off every day.

Linda Marins


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RE: [RC] furacin caustic Susan Please, Susan E. Garlinghouse, DVM