Baylor Scott & White – Grapevine offers comprehensive wound programs and advanced treatment options to help you heal. Research has shown that comprehensive wound care programs can reduce the risk of infection or other complications, possibly decreasing the length of hospital stay.
Wound Symptoms and Causes
A chronic, non-healing wound is one that does not heal in six to eight weeks with traditional wound care. More than 5 million Americans suffer from non-healing wounds, which can cause serious infections, illness and loss of a limb. To ensure your health and safety, you should learn to recognize the causes and symptoms of non-healing wounds.
Certain health conditions can cause chronic non-healing wounds, such as:
- Bowel disorders
- Chronic Osteomyelitis
- Circulation or clotting disorders, often caused by arteriosclerosis
- Heart Disease
- High Cholesterol
- Kidney Failure
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Venous Insufficiency
Inflammatory diseases such as:
Other causes of non-healing wounds include a past or current history of smoking, steroid use, radiation therapy, cancer or infection, lying in one position for too long or a family history of non-healing wounds.
Everyone experiences wounds at some point in your life, but most heal on their own with proper care. When does a wound become a chronic, non-healing wound? Look for these signs:
- Persistent, increased pain in the area of the wound
- Discoloration of the wound near the edges of the wound – often a dark or bluish color
- Increased drainage from the wound
- Redness or swelling around or spreading away from the wound
- A foul odor coming from the wound