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Why do scabs form?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you've ever crashed a skateboard or peeled a hangnail, you probably know about nature's Band-Aid-the scab.

A scab covers the wound almost immediately. A scab is formed when proteins from white blood cells that help coagulate blood come out of the blood stream to protect the wound-and actually accelerate the healing process.

Pus can also form at the wound site, but that's not as positive of a sign as a scab.
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