Chronic wounds are sores or wounds that don’t heal within four weeks. There are many reasons why your wound may not be healing, but no matter the reason, it’s important to seek medical attention for it.
Any open wound is a possible entrance for bacteria which can lead to infection, whether locally or systemically. This can ultimately cause sepsis, which can be fatal if not treated.
Our team at Clover Internal Medicine Associates offers expert wound care and wants you to understand the top reasons your wound may not be healing properly so you can get a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Why won’t my wound heal?
There are some health issues that put you at a higher risk for having chronic, or non-healing, wounds. Some of these conditions include diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, or high blood pressure.
Your body needs oxygen-rich blood in order to heal itself. If you have poor circulation, it’s going to significantly slow down the wound healing process.
If you keep rubbing or bumping your wound site, it’s undergoing repetitive trauma. This isn’t going to allow your body to heal itself like it should, and it may stop the healing process completely.
When bacteria is allowed to grow inside your wound, it leads to an infection. While minor infections can be treated at home, it can quickly develop into something much more serious such as yellow and green discharge or an unpleasant odor emanating from your wound.
Signs of a serious infection include nausea, fever or chills, and aches or pains.
Weakened immune system
If you’re immunocompromised for any reason, your ability to fight off infection is going to be weakened. This is going to prevent your body from healing itself as well as it should.
While there are many factors that can put you at risk for chronic wounds, it’s still possible to develop them if you’re relatively healthy.
What treatments are available for wound care?
At Clover Internal Medicine, we offer a variety of treatment plans depending on your individual health needs and the severity of your wound.
Our treatment methods include:
- Incision and drainage of the abscess
- Removal of any dead tissues
- Dressing the wound
If necessary, we can also prescribe antibiotics or other medications to encourage proper healing.
If you have a wound that’s not healing as quickly as you think it should, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention. Our expert team can offer an individualized care plan that’s right for you.
To receive advanced wound care at Clover Internal Medicine Associates, call our office located in Fort Worth, Texas at 682-708-0982 or use our online scheduler to request an appointment with us today.