What Can I Do When Wounds Don’t Heal?
The last thing that you need after getting yourself injured is when the wounds don’t seem to, and the skin hasn’t improve, not one bit. What gives? Here is some pointer worth to do and to think, before getting yourself freak out.
There are various factors and possibilities that your skin isn’t healing and the wounds don’t fade as it’s supposed to be and probably, some of these questions may help you in identifying what really causing these wounds to stay that way. You may not diagnose the wound correctly (and a help from a doctor can be helpful at this point) or possibly the environment and other factors may not permit your skin to heal, or the most essential question of all; have you treat the wounds correctly, according to their type?
If the wound seems to stay that way or (God forbid) it keeps getting worse, it’s a good idea to get a professional opinion from the good doctor – he will help you to identify what really causes these wounds from fading, as well as providing some pointers for a speedy recovery – nothing beats a prompt treatment, as wounds have a high rate of success if treated as soon as possible, in effective manner.
As for other possible factors that might stop the skin from healing good as new – known as systemic conditions – may come from both doctor, or from yourself. Possible factors include taking antimetabolite medications, prednisone, or NSAIDs; radiation (sun rays is also included); unhealthy habits like smoking; as well as lack of essential nutrition for skin healing that can prevent the wounds from repair and heal.
Notable nutrition that you need to identify if your body ever gets enough of them are zinc to initiate skin cells to repair and generation; protein as part of cell creation, as well as vitamin C to create collagen fibers for skin, and to prevent infections from pathogens and germs, particularly critical at the wound site.
As for treatments, believe it or not, even wound dressings can make your wounds worse. For example, hard foams and self-adherent wraps to wounds that have a lot of fluids may create secondary wound (oh, that’s just lovely), while hydrocolloid dressings directly onto ulcer will enlarge the wounds itself.
What about self-treatment at home? There’s likelihood that you may make the wound site a lot worse. While various home remedies are undoubtedly beneficial when it comes to wound healing, it’s always important that your doctor know of these things as well, since we don’t know if any home remedy that you’ve been putting may have unwanted effects against medications prescribed before.
And of course, please don’t pick and scratch at the wounds and dressings, no matter how tempting the itch is.
All in all, keep this in mind if you spot any warning signs at the wound sign, for example, if they keep oozing blood, even you’ve change to a new dressing, it may be a red flag – refer to your doctor for assurance.