Oxygen plays a role in every stage of the wound healing process.

Oxygen is often taken for granted – after all, we can’t see it and the essential gas always just seems to be there. However, oxygen has a massive effect on the wound healing process, and one of the biggest factors that can inhibit the body’s ability to recover is low oxygen flow to the affected area.

What role does oxygen play?

While the exact way oxygen works in the wound healing process is not entirely understood, it’s widely recognized oxygen plays a role in nearly every part of the wound healing stages. When the body experiences a wound, it develops an increased need for bacterial defense, cell proliferation, collagen synthesis and angiogenesis, among other reparative functions.

As reported in the British Journal of Dermatology, oxygen’s main function lies in its capacity to produce energy. In order for cells to properly reproduce and migrate, they must have a sufficient amount of energy. Like all functions involved in the human biology, they require oxygen to be able to generate energy. When an area of the body does not receive an adequate amount of oxygen, a condition known as hypoxia, it can slow and even halt the healing process.

How do I increase oxygen flow?

Supplying wounds with this essential is about much more than just breathing, although proper breathing techniques are important for wound healing as well as general health. Ensuring that the arteries and veins are pliable, open and clear is key to making sure that blood flows to the wound bed and can deliver with it oxygen molecules. That means following your diabetes high blood pressure care plans to make sure your cardiovascular system is in optimal condition. Additionally, quitting smoking and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption can be beneficial to oxygen supply to the wound bed.

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