A chronic wound is classified as a wound that fails to heal within 4 weeks or has not shown any signs of improvement in 8 weeks. There are different factors that prohibit a wound’s healing process, such as: diabetes, poor circulation, nutritional deficits, exposure, pressure, diet, or smoking.
Here is a list of different ways to help your wound’s healing process go by more quickly and smoothly:
Do not smoke
If you smoke, the effects of the toxic constituents of cigarettes (nicotine, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide) may delay your wound’s healing process.
We all know that eating healthy is great for your overall health, but it also helps nourish your healing process. Eating unhealthy foods and depriving your body of important nutrients like vitamin C, protein, and zinc can slow the healing of your wound.
Vitamin C is vital for overall skin health. Including foods high in vitamin C to your diet will help increase the collagen production in your body.
Keep wound dressed at all times
Wounds tend to heal faster if they are kept warm. This can be achieved by keeping your wound dressed at all times. Wounds also heal faster when they are not exposed to air- certain cells that aid in the healing process need a moist environment.
Change dressing and clean wound as directed by your physician
Always follow your physician’s instructions. They will tell you when the wound should be cleaned and redressed. There are different types of wound dressings and indications of use may vary.
Exercising increases your blood flow and speeds up the healing process as well as helps with your general overall health. Discuss with your physician about which types of exercise are appropriate for you and your healing.
Manage and control your diabetes
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your wound’s healing will be a slower process. It can also worsen quickly, which means your wound requires a closer monitoring. Managing and controlling your diabetes will help with your wound healing process.
Wash your hands
Always wash your hands before and after changing your wound dressings to prevent any contamination of the wound.
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