March 15th, 2008

Scar sensitivity


I'm new to the community and couldn't find this info in the "search by category" or the tag list, so I apologize if it's there and I've missed it.

I was wondering if anyone could provide a link/info about the sensitivity of scar tissue. I'm finding conflicting information: some sites/articles say the tissue is deadened/numb, very little sensitivity, while others suggest the scars would be full of new nerves, excruciatingly oversensitive.

Is it one or the other? Possibly both, changing over time? The scenario involves scars of deep slash wounds, one character's are 1-2 years old and not given follow-up care after stitching, while the other's are around 15 years old and have been treated (regularly massaged/oiled after stitches were removed to help keep them supple and break up the underlying scar tissue). I'm assuming that the first character's scars would be very ridged and red while the second one's would be paler and fainter, but what would the sensitivity be?

Thanks so much for your help,

Wow, thank you for all of the replies---and so quickly! I really appreciate you sharing your experiences/opinions with me.

The story is not modern day (more like medieval times, with one culture having better healing knowledge than the other). I was assuming crudely stitched slash wounds would be ridged, but it looks like I should reconsider the appearance of the scars, as well as their sensitivity.

Finding out you're a father- six years after the fact.

Where: New York City, Staten Island to be exact.

When: Now

Googled: Child support, Paternal rights, unwed fathers, custody and all combinations there of.

The Situation:

The main character, Mike, dated and slept with a woman, Trish. They broke up just before she found out that she was pregnant. For reasons of her own, she never told him about their son. Then, when the child was five or six, she's killed in an accident.

Her parents (maybe just her mother) try to take care of the boy but they are elderly and money is very tight.

I'm assuming that if they apply for assistance, Children and Family Services is going to ask about Mike and where he's been.

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I found a site that talks about unwed father's and their adoption rights, but it assumes that the fathers were aware of the baby either before or soon after the birth.

edited for spelling