Cuts, burns, scrapes, and other minor wounds are so incredibly common that almost everyone has experienced them at one time or another.
A wound is characterized by any break in the skin or deep tissue. Typically, these breaks in the skin heal quickly on their own. However, it may also require routine cleansing and a simple dressing.
Dr. Alec Hochstein, Medical director of Great Neck Family Foot Care Advanced Wound Healing Center, states that “most wounds heal best if provided with an environment that is clean, free from bacterial contaminants and debris, and warm or moist atmosphere.” Patients may encourage the healing of wounds through the process of frequently washing hands, keeping a clean dressing on the wound, protecting the wound from further trauma or injury, avoiding smoking, and maintaining a nutritious diet.
Diets that encourage wound healing are rich in protein, vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, and iron.
Many people will find the necessary relief by tending to their wounds at home. However, large or deep wounds may require medical care.
Chronic wounds are wounds that have been present for a month without any noticeable signs of healing and require special care to heal. Chronic wounds can be the result of:
What are some other causes of chronic wounds?
Dr. Hochstein states, “Sometimes an infection can cause slow healing. Other factors include poor nutrition, diseases such as diabetes or cancer, chronic rheumatologic conditions, kidney, or liver disease, as well as certain treatments including chemotherapy or radiation.”
The Advanced Wound Healing Center at Great Neck Family Foot Care is established to care for difficult wounds, including wounds that have previously been resistant to healing, as well as acute or new wounds. You can reach the wound healing center at (516) 482-5999 (Great Neck, Long Island).
Contact your wound care specialist if you have an acute or chronic wound and develop any of the following symptoms: