Chronic wounds are areas of open skin that fail to progress through healing. The result is raw, open skin for extended periods of time. These wounds don’t respond to traditional treatment and can last for months or even years without expert medical intervention.
While some factors are known, researchers are working hard to learn more. The more we know about the causes of wounds that fail to heal, the better the outcomes for each patient we treat.
Known causes include:
There are four general objectives each time you report for a wound care appointment:
These are all done in the doctor’s office during your visit.
Treatment varies depending on the patient’s medical history and the presentation of the wound. Many people are involved in a successful chronic wound treatment plan. Generally speaking, successful wound care includes treating the infection if one exists, debriding the wound (removing dead tissue), improving blood flow to the area and avoiding pressure on the wound. Dietary and lifestyle changes can also help. Call or schedule an appointment online at Van Nuys Urgent Care Family Medicine to get expert care for your wound.
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