The human body is prone to injuries and wounds, which are just natural occurrences and our bodies have a natural way of recovering from the damage with the help of the immune system. Just like any other living thing, our body has the potential to regenerate tissue and apart from a little scar, most acute wounds heal within 3-4 weeks, provided it is protected from any outside infection-causing microbe. But if for some reason, the wound does not completely heal within 4-6 even under ideal care, it is categorized as a chronic wound. These wounds need special care to heal and the underlying cause has to be managed to reduce the time required for healing. In the worst cases, skin grafting might be needed. Here we’ll consider what to do in case you develop a persisting wound, and whether is it possible to Heal for Real: Chronic Wound Treatment Options which are available right now at Dynamic Aesthetic Clinic in Dubai.
Aim of the Procedure:
Healing of a wound is a multistep process, involving blood clotting, inflammation, new tissue formation, and wound closure with the formation of new skin. Chronic Wounds usually stop in the second phase of inflammation and need outside care to move on to the next step of creating new tissue. The nature of treatment depends on the root cause and varies from patient to patient, but the common goal is to help the wound close completely.
Most chronic wounds occur in older patients and are usually a symptom of an underlying deficiency or disease. Since the reasons for chronic wounds can vary, the treatment focus is on the underlying cause which may be
- High blood sugar (Diabetes)
- Drug abuse
- Weak immune system.
There may be other reasons behind a chronic wound and only an expert opinion from a qualified doctor should form the basis of treatment.
Before treatment can begin, a consultation with a qualified doctor is recommended to rule out the cause of the chronic wound. A simple case of an acute wound can turn into a chronic case if improper care is given to it during the inflammation phase. Others may be formed due to an imbalance in blood sugar level or weakened blood circulation leading to reduced healing speed. So instead of guessing for yourself, it is advised to get checked by a specialist and discuss your complete medical history with them.
Depending on the cause, the following treatment options are available for chronic wounds;
Proper Wound Cleaning and Dressing:
Sometimes, a simple mistake such as forgetting to disinfect the wound properly before dressing can prove to be the cause of a chronic wound. Since the bacteria can easily enter the bloodstream when the wound is exposed, it is important to properly wash and clean the area before dressing it, changing the dressing whenever necessary.
Removal of dead tissue is vital to the healing process. Dead tissue can lead to more bacterial infections and reduces collagen production in the area. Locally administered anesthesia can reduce the pain caused during debridement which may involve the use of scalpels, tweezers, or high-pressure water to remove the dead tissue.
Use Of Compression Cloth:
Reduced blood circulation or vascular disease can also cause chronic wounds. To improve blood flow, special garments that help create compression for improved blood flow are sometimes recommended. The improved blood flow means the immune system gets proper backup in fighting the infection during the inflammation phase leading to faster healing.
Vacuum Assisted Compression uses suction to remove any liquid or dead tissue from the wound and forces it to close. The goal is better blood flow to the affected area through a vacuum and the process may be repeated to achieve desired results.
Antibiotics And Infection Prevention:
In cases of infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. Usually, topical antibiotics are preferred since they have a better chance of reaching the infection while at the same time, reducing defusion into the bloodstream so they have minimum side effects.
In severe cases, skin is grafted onto the wound after debridement. Usually, diabetic patients receive this treatment since their blood sugar levels and weakened immune systems mean a greater risk of reinfection.
Chronic wounds, if left untreated, can even lead to necrosis or amputation to prevent the rest of the body. Therefore, aftercare during treatment is just as important as the treatment itself. Avoiding moisture, eating a healthy diet, exercising, and detoxing are some of the common yet mandatory follow-up instructions post-treatment.
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Dynamic Aesthetic Clinic in Dubai offers a wide range of chronic wound treatment options and we believe that with qualified doctors, modern equipment, and excellent aftercare, even the toughest of wounds can be healed. Fill out the form below to book a consultation so you can Heal for Real: Chronic Wound Treatment Options, specially tailored to your needs.