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Bacterium Identified That May Delay Wound Healing

POSTED ON November 17, 2017  - POSTED IN Wound healing

A gel created from blood pressure medicine is showing promise as a treatment for chronic wounds.

When certain receptors are compromised, a specific bacterium on the skin can delay wound healing.

If a wound is properly cleaned and covered, the chances are quite high that it will heal properly. An infected wound will appear swollen, may have drainage of a cloudy or unpleasant color, and the surrounding skin may feel hot to the touch, according to Wound Source. The patient’s fever could skyrocket to over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, and this person must seek medical attention from a clinician as soon as possible. When wound care guidelines are appropriately followed, the chance of infection diminishes, yet scientists at the University of Manchester have determined bacterium, which is already present on the skin in many individuals, may slow the wound healing process.

Self-Care an Important Part of Treating Diabetic Foot Ulcers

POSTED ON November 10, 2017  - POSTED IN diabetic wound care

A molecule contained in a parasitic worm could hold a solution to treating slow wound healing.

Diabetes patients should take an active role in helping to prevent foot ulcers.

As many as 3.5 million people in the U.S. have developed a diabetic foot ulcer, according to the New England Journal of Medicine’s recent study, “Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Their Recurrence.” Meanwhile, the 2011 St. George’s Vascular Institute study “Lower extremity amputations–a review of global variability in incidence” stated that between  5 percent and 24 percent of people with a history of foot ulceration will be required to undergo limb amputation within 6-18 months.

Rise in Diabetes Means New Advances in Diabetic Wound Care

POSTED ON September 27, 2017  - POSTED IN diabetic wound care

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A rise in diabetes has prompted an exploration of new treatment options for diabetic wounds.

The number of cases of diabetes in the U.S. is on the rise, which is also increasing the number of cases of diabetic wounds. But clinicians are meeting the challenge with new approaches to diabetic wound care.

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