Skip to main content Skip to bottom nav

Is it normal for the cuts to look this inflamed even after this time?

10 Answers
Last Updated: 04/25/2017 at 4:11pm
1 Tip to Feel Better
United States
Moderated by

Christie Belle, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy


I am a U.S. Air Force veteran and a ex-Army spouse. I am a divorced mother of two teenage boys, my youngest son has a diagnosis of autism, which I am very passionate about.

Top Rated Answers
February 17th, 2015 1:33pm
How much time has it been since you self harmed? If there are rings forming round your cuts you need to disinfect them because that is a sign of infection.
April 1st, 2015 10:43pm
No , usually cuts start healing at night , when I used to cut , the day after it didn't look bad and a week after it started to disappear (My skin doesn't leave much scars though , it's strange)
April 27th, 2015 3:24pm
if it's still inflamed after more than a week, that might be a sign that you've got something that's called keloid.A keloid is the formation of a type of scar which, depending on its maturity, is composed mainly of either type III (early) or type I (late) collagen. It is a result of an overgrowth of granulation tissue at the site of a healed skin injury. Keloids expand in claw-like growths over normal skin.They have the capability to hurt with a needle-like pain or to itch without warning, although the degree of sensation varies from person to person. the color can vary from pink to the colour of the patient's flesh or red to dark brown in colour. A keloid scar is benign and not contagious, but sometimes accompanied by severe itchiness, pain, and changes in texture. In severe cases, it can affect movement of skin. Keloid scars are seen 15 times more frequently in highly pigmented ethnic groups than in Caucasians.
January 27th, 2015 7:53pm
Red, puss, growing in size. 3 days, longer than a week, is infection, use triple antibiotic ointment; call an advice nurse see a medical professional.
November 2nd, 2015 4:04pm
Depends for how long after inflicting the cuts they are still inflamed. They usually should be for about 2-3 days after you have implemented them on yourself. If they are still swollen and painful, you should get medical help as they may be infected.
January 5th, 2016 7:36pm
It might be common for it to swell after the cuts are made but it goes down within the hour. However it being inflamed is possibly the sign of an infection that's brewing. It is advisable that you see a doctor before it becomes too severe before it spreads and becomes a threat to your health
July 18th, 2016 10:20pm
After time they should heal up and scar over, but if they are inflamed there is the possibility of an infection in the blood. If the inflammation concerns you, it's best to seek medical assistance. I know the idea might seem terrifying but infections of this kind can be very dangerous and should be seen to.
April 25th, 2017 4:11pm
Sometimes the cuts can still look inflamed after a while, on some people it doesn't. However, I would go to the doctor just to make sure that there isn't an infection.
November 10th, 2015 7:32pm
How long has it been? If it is getting inflamed I would suggest going to a doctor it could be the beginning of an infection.
June 17th, 2015 3:04pm
Sometimes they get infected if not cleaned properly. If after a day the swelling isn't down t may be infected.