Can the time of day a wound occurs affect the healing process? Research suggests it might be a factor.
In addition to where a wound is located and how it developed, researchers now also believe that the time of day you get your wound may have something to do with how it heals and the type of wound care you receive as well.
Researchers have found that vitamin D may aid in the healing of burn wounds and can reduce scarring.
To date, research has shown that vitamin D has benefits for the healing of diabetic foot ulcers. But scientists in the U.K. recently released the results of testing that show that it may also help in burn wound healing. The study of burn patients was conducted by the Institute of Inflammation and Aging in Birmingham, U.K., and was featured at the Society of Endocrinology’s annual conference in Harrogate.
Understanding wound types can help lead to using the right dressing.
The basic approach to wound care management is to keep the area moist – but not excessively so – to encourage the proper healing process, according to Medscape. But because there are different types of wounds, there are various forms of wound coverage needed. According to Wound Educators, there are more than 3,000 types of wound dressings.
Researchers are developing a gel that not only closes wounds but can help heal them as well.
Closing a wound with a surgical procedure is an effective method of promoting the wound healing process and the most common methods involve the use of sutures or stapling the wound shut.
However, these methods may not prove to be successful until weeks later when it’s time to remove the stitches or staples. And even then, there may turn out to be leaks or drainage that requires further closing.
Winter means those with wound healing issues should take special precautions.
In many part of the country, winter is settling in and while that can mean fun activities like skiing and sledding, it can also mean trouble for patients undergoing wound healing.
Cold weather can negatively impact the wound healing process, including diabetic wounds. In addition, the change in temperature affects how you will have to care for the wound, including dressing and drainage.
Let’s look at how cold weather can affect the progress of wound healing and what you can do to keep the progress moving in a positive direction.