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Should I clean a scab?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Don't clean a scab. The best thing you can do is to leave a scab alone. If you soak the scab in water and it comes off, you've lost the important skin protection needed for healing. Usually a scab falls off on its own in a week or two. By that time, new, healthy skin will appear.

If the scab becomes itchy after a week or so, ask your doctor about over-the-counter treatment that can help soothe the skin, minimize scarring, and relieve itching.

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