Eating a nutritious diet can speed up the wound healing process.

Whether it is due to a surgical procedure or car accident, a wound can cause discomfort and put you out of commission for a while. In order for the wound to heal as quickly as possible, you have to take good care of yourself. If you don’t, you will have a difficult time recovering from the injury. Here are six possible reasons why your wound won’t heal:

1. Infection

If your wound becomes infected, it will delay the healing process. According to Fairview, a nonprofit academic health system, symptoms of an inflection include a fever, increased pain, change in color or size of the wound and yellow drainage from the wound. Your doctor can treat the infection with oral antibiotics or an antibiotic ointment. If there is an abscess, your doctor will have to open it up and drain the fluid out.

2. Poor nutrition

Eating a nutritious diet is very important for wound healing. The body requires more calories, vitamins A and C, protein and zinc after any injury, according to Cleveland Clinic. Good foods to eat during the recovery process include eggs, beans, broccoli, citrus fruits, red meats and tomatoes.

3. Trauma

If your wound constantly gets bumped or rubbed against other surfaces, it can cause trauma. Wounds that are repeatedly traumatized will take a longer time to heal or may not heal at all.

4. Smoking

Smoking doesn’t just increase the risk of cancer; it also can slow down the wound healing process. According to a study found on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website, the nicotine in cigarettes reduces blood flow to the skin, which can prevent the injured tissue from healing properly.

5. Medications

Unfortunately, there are certain medications that can delay the wound healing process. The main drugs that can slow down healing time include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anticoagulants, corticosteroids ,and cytotoxic antineoplastic and immunosuppressive agents, according to a study found on the NCBI website. If you take any of these medications, talk to your doctor about other options.

6. Inability to sense pain

When you are unable to sense pain, you can’t tell if tissue damage is occurring or may unknowingly cause trauma to the area. If you can’t sense pain, it is a good idea to have your wound assessed by a doctor more frequently.

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