I can say with confidence that I am not Sora’s favorite person. As the person partially in charge of her physical care, she hates me. Needless to say, I’ve gotten a few cuts from our sassy princess and those are fine, I can deal with that. What does bother me is the itching scabbing that comes days down the road.

When you scrap your skin or get a cut, special blood cells called platelets stick together to form clots. There’s other stuff in there, but not the point. The clot stops the bleeding and, when you’re done bleeding, it’ll harden up and form a scab. The scab protects the injury underneath and allows other cells to heal it up.

The worst scabs I’ve ever had were the ones that formed as my tattoo was healing. They were itchy like crazy! But when it comes to any scab, you must not scratch. Any pulling or picking can reopen the injury or cause issues with the healing process.

Scabs take a couple weeks to finish their job and fall off naturally. Just as with all injuries, you should keep the injury clean, but be gentle to not pull at it. Antibacterial cream applied to scabs to avoid drying out or collecting bacteria  is advised, but only a little so that moisture is not trapped inside to collect bacteria. If the scab is very dry and cracking, unscented moisturizer can be applied in moderation to a dry scab. After showering, use a clean towel to pat your scab dry to help eliminate that moisture, BUT DON’T RUB!

Picking and rubbing at scabs can cause the injuries to reopen, but also scars. This is completely the reason why I had to have my tattoo redone. I’ve had much more luck since then with all the scabs my mother’s cat gives me though. So it’s important, that no matter how much your scab itches, DO NOT SCRATCH!

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