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Is it dangerous to pick a scab?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Picking a scab is a bad idea. Think of these hard, reddish patches on the skin as nature's bandage. Scabs form over wounds to protect against germs while your skin heals. Picking a scab can leave a wound unprotected. Let a scab fall off naturally, which will usually occur in about a week or so, when healthy skin has reformed over the wound. 

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