Do You Know The Truth Behind The Small Scar On The Upper Left Arm And Its Real Meaning

Many people have a small round scar
on their left arm and it’s often different in size and shape in
different people. But, where did this scar come from? Well, people who
have been vaccinated for small pox are those who have a scar like this.
Small pox was regarded as a serious issue before 1970s and this vaccine
was mandatory.

Doctors
used the Vaccinia virus to trigger an immune response that was meant to
protect people from the Variola virus, the one that causes smallpox.

Doctors
used a bifurcated needle dipped in Vaccinia solution. Then, each
individual’s arm was poked several times. As the needle broke the skin,
an amount on the vaccine was unloaded. This is why blisters formed at
the vaccination area, and a scar followed after them.

A small
swelling appeared, right after the application of the vaccine, that
stayed there for 6-8 hours. The swelling would then disappear and the
site would look normal. A swelling that looks like a mosquito bite
appeared one again on the same spot after 6-8 weeks. This is when it
started to grow and form a nodule. The nodule would break open and
discharge fluid, forming a blister.

The entire process would take
2-5 weeks and sometimes the process of forming blisters would recur 2-3
times. This is how the scar got formed – a one that stay with the
individual forever.

After the 1970s smallpox was no longer present
in most of the countries int he world. Thus, a vaccination wasn’t
needed unless someone wanted to travel to countries where there were
still traces of the virus. After 1980, the Variola virus was officially
regarded to have been eradicated from the world’s population.

 

Smallpox Overview

Smallpox is a viral infectious
disease that causes severe skin rash and fever. According to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 3 out of 10 people
died from the virus during the most significant smallpox outbreaks in
the 20th century, while many others remained disfigured. Fortunately,
researchers have been able to create a vaccine against this virus.

A
major medical achievement was the establishment of a smallpox vaccine.
But a distinctive mark or scar was left behind by the vaccine. When the
virus reaches this dermal layer, it starts to multiply. This leads to
the development of a small, round bump known as a papule. Then the
papule develops into a vesicle that looks like a blister filled with
fluid. This blistered area will ultimately scab over. While this
indicates what doctors usually consider to be a successful vaccination,
some people may be left with a scar.

Due to the natural healing
process of the body, scars like from the smallpox vaccine scar form.
When the skin is injured, the body responds rapidly to repair the
tissue. The result is a scar. The scar is still skin tissue, just the
skin fibers are arranged in a single direction instead of various
directions. It takes time for normal skin cells to grow while scar
tissue can grow faster.

The smallpox scar is a small, round scar
and for most people it’s lower than the skin around it. Others might
have bigger scars. They can be itchy at times, and the skin around them
feels tighter.

 

Tips For Fading a Scar
A smallpox scar treatments are similar to those for general scarring. Some tips for reducing the appearance of the scar include:

Wear
sunscreen over the scar at all times. Sun exposure can cause darker and
thickening of scar tissue. This may make the appearance of a smallpox
vaccine more pronounced.

Applying skin-softening ointments. These
may help reduce the scar’s appearance. Examples include cocoa butter,
natural oils, aloe, or allium cepa (onion bulb) extract ointments.
However, it has not been scientifically proven that these treatments
will completely reduce the appearance of scars.

Talking to a
doctor. Dermabrasion is a process that promotes healing by removing the
outer layers of the skin. The results of this scar treatment method are
unpredictable.

Scar revision. This is a process where the affected
skin is removed and the scar is stitched back together. While this
creates another scar, the new scar is ideally less noticeable.

Skin
grafting. You can talk to a doctor about skin grafting. The scarred
area is replaced by new, healthy skin. However, the edges of the skin
around the location of the graft may seem noticeably different.

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