It’s normal to have questions as you begin your wound care regimen.
Wound care is a multi-billion dollar industry, according to the IndustryARC research firm. It serves some 6.5 million Americans, per figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With so much money and so many people involved, there can be a lot of information swirling around. In weeks past, we’ve attempted to tackle many of these concerns through frequently asked questions. Like, the common causes of non-healing wounds, or how to improve the wound healing process on your own. If you still have questions, you’re in luck. Here are five more wound care FAQs to peruse:
1. What steps does a wound care regimen emphasize?
Each patient is unique, and thus the kind of treatment you might undergo will vary. However, as Boston’s Mercy General Hospital explained, most wound care programs center on three primary goals. The first is to regularly exudate the wound, or remove dead tissue and debris that can prevent effective healing. From there, doctors will take steps to improve the blood flow in and around the wound, as that’s going to help with tissue regrowth and wound closure. Finally, it’s important to address any underlying infection, which is often the cause of many delays and complications.
2. What can I expect from the first doctor’s appointment?
If you are undergoing a wound care regimen, it’s only after your primary physician has recommended it. Because wounds can be complicated, the first visit is about planning for the weeks and months ahead, according to Brookhaven Hospital. That means initial tests, like blood work and sometimes X-rays, alongside measurements and an assessment of the wound. All of these help the doctor better understand the extent of your condition. Equally important is your background and medical history, which helps physicians formulate a more targeted approach. From there, the doctor can begin to lay out steps and treatment options best suited for your needs.
3. What should I not do with chronic wounds?
There are several steps you can take on your own, like regular exercise and eating properly, to help wounds heal faster. In the same token, there are also some steps you should avoid to prevent complications, as the Elliot Health System pointed out. For one, you should never leave your wound exposed to open air, which increases the risk of infection, and instead use any number of advanced dressing options. You should never use hydrogen peroxide or the lesson common betadine, as these chemicals can affect your skin’s health, according to Medical Daily. Though it is possible to shower with some wound dressings, it’s a good idea to speak with a doctor to figure out the best cleaning approach.
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