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Scars: An Overview of Current Management and Nursing Care

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Scarring has major psychological and physical repercussions. Scars are often considered trivial, but they can be disfiguring and aesthetically unpleasant and may cause severe itching, tenderness, pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression and disruption of daily activities. Prevention of hypertrophic scars with early diagnosis of a problem scar and treatment can considerably impact the overall outcome. The management of newly healed wounds to prevent scar formation is one of the most profound things a nurse can do for patients' physical and mental wellbeing. Appropriate management of the scar will ensure that the wound remains healed and that the patient is happy with the outcome. Dermatology nurses should understand the different types of scars, and the principles of scar management, so they can advise patients and be aware of psychosocial implications.

Keywords: HYPERTROPHIC; KELOID; SILICONE; SKIN CAMOUFLAGE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2016

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  • Dermatological Nursing is the quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) and the UK's only quality dermatological nursing journal. It aims to provide cutting-edge articles on the treatment and management of dermatological conditions and the care of patients with skin problems. While the focus is on dermatological nursing, the information included is relevant to other healthcare professionals.
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