There are more than 6.7 million Americans living with chronic wounds. However, by being aware, receiving early intervention and proper specialized wound care, you don’t have to live with chronic wounds. Follow these tips to help heal and care for wounds, ulcers, and other conditions.

Self-Care for Wounds

● Keep the wound covered with a clean dressing
● Change dressing according to your doctor’s recommendations
● Wash your hands frequently
● Watch out for signs of infection, such as fever, increased pain, or changes in color

Foods That Help Heal Wounds

Certain foods can heal and prevent infection. Our nutrition experts can help create a meal plan to meet your needs that may consist of:

● High-Protein foods, such as beans, eggs, and nuts
● High-fiber foods
● Plenty of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, copper, and zinc
● Drinking plenty of water
● Avoiding foods that are high in nitrates, such as bacon and hot dogs

Things to Avoid

● Scratching or removing scabs
● Smoking or secondhand smoke
● Soaking the wound in water

Treating Wounds

If you’re suffering from a chronic wound that does not heal within 30 days, you may be referred to a Wound Care Center, where you might undergo advanced treatments, such as:

● Cleaning the wound
● Compression wrapping, which uses special socks to improve blood flow in the legs
● Debridement; removal of damaged or infected tissue from a wound
● Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
● Pain management
● Pressure offloading devices to decrease weight on a foot wound
● Negative pressure wound therapy also called vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) of a wound, a procedure that reduces air pressure on a wound
● Managing other conditions you have, such as diabetes
● Medications, such as ointments or antibiotics to treat an infection
● Rehabilitation services, like whirlpool therapy, physical therapy, orthotics, and amputee care
● Surgery, including amputation (removal of a body part)

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