Information is an important component of any wound care regimen.
In a previous post, we outlined some frequently asked questions about the greater wound care industry. These FAQs allow patients to gain a better understanding about the number of factors that go into effective wound healing regimens. To further your knowledge, here are three more helpful FAQS to mull over:
All patients have questions about proper wound care, and finding answers is a way to ensure effective treatment.
Wound care in the U.S. represents a multi-billion industry, a massive enterprise in which millions of people receive varying levels of medical treatment and attention. As a result, it can be rather difficult to properly comprehend the basics of the wound management field given the complex nature of injuries and their resulting side effects. To better prepare patients who might require either first-time or even recurrent care, here are a few basic FAQs that should offer insight into the wound care industry:
An infrared camera has been used to diagnose early stage chronic wounds.
Chronic wounds pose an especially complex challenge for most wound care experts. For whatever reasons – be it due to infection or patient-specific health issues – these wounds won’t heal properly. According to a 2015 report published in the journal Advanced Wound Care, chronic foot and leg ulcers affect between 2.4 and 4.5 million people in the U.S. alone. And because these wounds can stay exposed for months at a time, there is a distinct risk of subsequent infection or tissue death.
Certain acids can help improve the wound healing process.
Most people would consider acid to be harmful to the human body. However, certain acids can actually contribute to the wound healing process. Specifically, hypochlorous acid, which is a weak mix of chemicals most widely used as a regular component in household bleach and deodorant. Yet in recent years, an increasing amount of research has demonstrated that hypochlorous acid can be an especially effective tool in a person’s ongoing wound care regimen. However, before you make use of this acid to treat any of your personal wounds, it’s important you understand a few basic ideas and concepts of this potentially helpful chemical agent.
It’s important not to isolate yourself when dealing with a chronic wound.
Having a wound can be an emotional ordeal, especially if it’s a chronic condition. Wound healing can be slow and painful, hindering movement and making it difficult to enjoy things that you once loved to do. Many surgical wounds are painful products of a battle that you’ve fought against an illness. Depression is common in people suffering from wounds. Though this condition is far from rare, it’s important to take care of yourself while suffering from wounds and depression, as it can hinder wound healing.