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How Drinking Alcohol Can Negatively Affect the Healing Process

POSTED ON March 21, 2017  - POSTED IN Wound healing

Putting down excessive amounts of spirits - an act often referred to as

Binge drinking can worsen serious medical conditions and delay wound healing.

The consumption of alcohol has long been a hot-button issue in the medical field. While some studies tout the benefits of drinking a few glasses of red wine each week, others encourage health-conscious people to abandon booze altogether. One fact that healthcare professionals can all get behind, however, is that putting down excessive amounts of spirits – an act often referred to as “binge drinking” – can cause or worsen serious medical conditions.

Zebrafish Used to Study Wound Healing Inflammation

POSTED ON January 27, 2017  - POSTED IN Wound healing

The work of a team from Edinburgh could not only improve wound healing, but address conditions like inflammatory disease.

The work of a team from Edinburgh could not only improve wound healing, but address conditions like inflammatory disease.

Fish in general have a fairly substantial role in the wound care industry. Atlantic Cod, for instance, have been used to develop a durable new line of wound dressings. Meanwhile, scientists have also studied shark biology to help streamline wound healing in humans.

However, no finned creature has proven quite as beneficial to this area of study as the zebrafish. Back in summer 2016, a team of researchers from Duke University used these small fish to study the many processes of how skin heals. What that group of scientists found isn’t just going to help develop new drugs and therapies for wound care but could aid new cures for certain cancers.

Today, the mighty zebrafish helps science once again, courtesy of a new project from a group with the University of Edinburgh.

The 6 Steps of the Wound Healing Process

POSTED ON September 16, 2015  - POSTED IN Wound healing

wound healing steps

Your blood cells play several roles in the healing process.

As your body engages in wound healing, a wonderful process occurs throughout each of the systems that comprise your body. According to a study published in the World Journal of Surgery, there are six wound healing stages, each of which rely on one another in order to completely close a wound. Knowing what each step involves is crucial in developing a comprehensive healing plan. 

The Best and Worst Ideas for Open Wounds

POSTED ON July 28, 2015  - POSTED IN wound care

open wound treatment

Clean gauze, mild solutions, and sterile tweezers are best for cleaning open wounds.

Using the right open wound treatment can mean the difference between quick recovery and prolonged healing, excess scars, intense pain, increased risk of infection, or more. Unfortunately, a number of misconceptions and confusions surround open wound care, mostly due to persistent common wound treatment myths and old wives’ tales.

To help set the record straight and ensure that you will have a favorable healing process, here are some of the right and wrong strategies to use when managing your open wound treatment.

Is It a Bruise or Wound? When Do You Need Treatment?

POSTED ON May 28, 2015  - POSTED IN wound care

care for bruises

Start caring for a bruise by employing the RICE method of rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

When treating an injury of any kind, it is paramount to first identify the type and severity of the wound. When determining the proper care for bruises, once identified, it is critical that the proper steps be taken to treat the injury effectively and efficiently. Depending on the type and severity of a bruise, the appropriate wound care treatment will vary.

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