Wound Care

Painful or inflamed wounds or ulcers that take longer to heal than expected require specialized medical attention. If left unmanaged, these wounds can cause serious complications.
Shot Health specializes in wound care for different kinds of chronic and slow-healing wounds including infections, burns, and ulcers.

What are the Symptoms of a Chronic Wound?

A chronic wound is one that has delayed healing. Some of the symptoms of a chronic wound include:

Swelling – chronic wounds appear swollen and red even after several days or weeks

Pain – if the pain in the wound persists or worsens weeks after the first time you noticed it, it might imply the wound is not healing. Normally, the pain needs to subside over time

Odor – a foul-smell from a wound means there are is dead tissue stalling the healing process and it needs to be removed to allow the wound to heal.

Fever – a fever may indicate a serious complication related to your wound. Therefore, monitor your temperature and get in touch with your doctor if it runs higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Discharge – milky, yellowish, or thick liquid oozing from a wound means there is an infection that can stop the healing process.

Bleeding – when a wound is healing, it scabs over and stops bleeding. If a wound is still bleeding after a few weeks, it could be a sign of a chronic wound.

If an ulcer or a sore persists with these signs after thirty days, it is likely a chronic wound that would need specialized wound care.

What Causes Chronic Wounds?

Various medical factors and health conditions can result in the development of chronic wounds, including:
  • Venous insufficiency (leg ulcers) – if there occurs failure in the veins controlling blood flow to the heart, blood can back up and result in the formation of ulcers. These sores appear on the ankle or lower leg.
  • Surgery (infected wounds) – if the wounds post-surgery are infected, the skin surrounding the incision becomes red and inflamed. The infection prevents the incision wound from healing.
  • Bedsores (Prolonged pressure) – bedsores develop on areas of the skin exposed to constant, prolonged pressure, especially because someone is unconscious or bedridden. They form on bony protruding body parts where maximum pressure is exerted like shoulder blades, elbows, and tail    bone.
  • Ostomy – this is a medical procedure that creates an opening in the stomach to enable the transport of waste out of the body due to bowel problems. If the ostomy wound is not kept clean, it becomes infected.
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infection) – if bacterial infections in the blood spread to the bone, the bone tissue becomes inflamed.
  • Traumatic ulcers (injury) – trauma results in the damage of body tissues or the blood vessels, or the lymphatic system involved in fighting infections. This can result in ulcer formation.
  • Diabetes (foot ulcers) – diabetes puts people at risk of foot ulcers. If left untreated, the sores can result in serious complications to the extent of requiring amputation.
  • Autoimmune disorders – disorders like rheumatoid arthritis can result in the development of ulcers on the feet or legs due to poor blood circulation and inflammation

Chronic wounds can result in complications. Ensure you receive specialized wound care from our professionals at Shot Health.

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