Monitoring the progress of a wound can help it from becoming more severe.
Scrapes, cuts and bruises are a part of life and our bodies are generally built to withstand the damage. We clean the areas, sterilize them, wrap them in protective bandages and let our natural healing processes do the rest of the work in the pursuit of wound healing.
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Patients who live with chronic pain learn to cope in ways that some people find unimaginable. While many clinicians present pain management in the form of medication, one living with a severe wound or other difficult condition can learn to live more comfortably. Sometimes, extremely intense wounds can have a harder time healing. An article on the Pain News Network website took a closer look at one woman’s experience with a diabetic wound and how she cared for it. Some of the treatments she was offered were more modern and invasive than careful wound bandaging, yet she still had to cope with the associated wound discomfort.
Is fish skin a beneficial and effective treatment for chronic wounds?
According to the National Institute of Nursing Research, more than five million Americans are impacted by chronic wounds every year. The elderly, plus those living with disabilities and diabetes, have a greater chance of developing this condition. For these individuals, finding a way to prevent development, alleviate the symptoms and speed up the healing process is critical, but have any of them considered fish skin as a treatment method?
A new, portable approach could help millions of patients living with chronic wounds.
In late 2015, a team from the U.K.’s University of Sheffield launched a study with a simple premise: Could ultrasounds help heal chronic diabetic ulcers. Publishing their results in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, the scientists found that wounds in laboratory mice healed up to 30 percent faster. According to the study’s results, the ultrasound works by facilitating cellular movement, actually “waking up” those in your skin to begin the healing process.
Now, another similar project is being launched using ultrasound, and it may be ready to use in just a few years’ time.
A new electronic device could heal wounds through a method that cannot be replicated with other dressings.
In the U.S. alone, there are nearly 7 million who must live with nonhealing chronic wounds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are several methods to deal with these problematic wounds, including specialized dressings and innovations in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. An exciting new treatment on the horizon is electrical stimulation.
Doctors use varying forms of electrical charge to help stimulate wound healing. One such project, created by a team from Washington State University, makes use of an electronic scaffold device to help wounds heal more effectively.
Now, a team from the Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science has announced an exciting breakthrough in the use of electrical currents to maximize wound care potential.