We have all incurred at some point in our lives, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, or more serious chronic wounds driven from diabetes, atherosclerosis, deep vein thrombosis, and many more. The single common thought we all share when incurring a wound is the question, “How can I get this wound to heal fast”? This post is intended to provide an overview of things you should consider to help your wound heal faster.
The elderly usually already battle with existing health problems, like diabetes, which could mean that a wound does not heal as fast. In addition, they also have fragile skin, which makes the wound healing processes slower as well.
Scrapes, cuts, burns, and pressure wounds are a couple of the most common types of wounds in adults and seniors. Furthermore, a wound can either be chronic or acute. Then, it can also be classified further as closed or open. So, to help adults and seniors with wound care and to prevent further complications, it is key that all wounds should receive the proper care to heal fast.
What can you do to help wounds heal fast?
Good nutrition is really important to help wounds heal faster! If you have a serious wound, your body needs more energy, proteins, vitamins, and minerals to help with the healing process. Vitamin C, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin K are especially important. Just like including certain foods can help, it is also key to know what to avoid. Processed food, alcohol, and beverages with a high sugar content should be limited, or, even better yet, avoided.
Good blood circulation can also help wounds to heal faster. If you spend a lot of time sitting, smoke or do not exercise regularly, now will be a good time to change these bad habits. In addition to increasing your activity levels, you can also apply heat close to the wound to boost circulation in that area.
Which factors can slow down the healing process?
In addition to age, there are a couple of other factors, medical conditions, and lifestyle choices that can slow down the healing process. These include diabetes, obesity, infection, excessive alcohol consumption, and smoking. Certain medications can also prevent wounds from healing faster.
At the end of the day, you should follow your doctor’s instructions for wound care. While a healthy diet and exercise can help to speed up the process, it should not replace professional medical advice.
We hope that this post has been helpful in understanding high-level things you can control to help wounds heal faster. DermaWound is the leading wound care solution trusted by physicians and consumers around the globe. For more information, contact DermaWound at www.dermawound.com or contact us directly at 603-930-5567.
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