These wound pain-management techniques aid in long-term healing.
Healing from a wound can take time, and each stage of healing may instigate pain. Fortunately, there are several ways you can find relief from wound pain. Each of these techniques aims to either increase your rate of recovery or relieve the pain itself as your wound heals.
As with any medical advice, be sure to consult your physician before enacting these tips. Different types of wound pain will require different treatment methods, so be sure to work with your doctor throughout the healing process. Explore each of the following techniques and discover which ones work best for relieving your wound pain.
To know if your wound care is working, monitor the wound healing process for these signs.
Different wound types require different treatment methods. If your wound healing process begins to slow or reverse itself, certain signs may indicate improper care methods or require the use of different wound care products. Knowing the positive and negative signs to look for will help ensure that your wounds are healing properly.
Burns are a prevalent form of wound and require unique care protocols.
According to the American Burn Association, over 486,000 people received treatment for burns in 2011 alone. Burns prove to be especially challenging when it comes to proper wound care treatment. There are several unique causes for burns, and each one has accompanying treatment protocols. But understanding burns is important for all patients, as information can be an effective tool in avoiding and addressing burns of all severity levels.
Wound care case studies offer patients and doctors an idea of the best practices overall.
Case studies offer examples of how everything from patient behaviors to specific dressings can lead to a number of different wound healing outcomes.
Necrotizing fasciitis results in skin death.
Skin infections are fairly common and include everything from pimples to cellulitis. In fact, according to a 2014 report published in the journal PLoS ONE, about 14.2 million people received treatment for soft tissue infections in 2005. However, there are two skin diseases that, though especially rare in the U.S., can prove fatal without proper treatment. Perhaps the more severe of these two is necrotizing fasciitis, in which a bacterial infection actually destroys various skin layers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that there are somewhere between 650 and 850 cases in America each year. The best way to protect yourself is to better understand the disease, its causes and the standard treatment protocol.