Understanding Potential Causes for Non-Healing Wounds
Non-healing and slow-healing wounds can be problematic for patients, because they pose a higher risk for infections and long-term health complications. A non-healing wound may be a burn, cut, or sore, and it will not scab and clot like a normal wound, because the body’s healing response is impaired.
The body may be unable to effectively heal through natural means for a number of reasons, but diabetes is by far the most common. People with diabetes tend to have poor circulation and nerve damage that can restrict the body’s healing mechanisms. Other conditions affecting circulation such as badly functioning veins may also be to blame. In some cases, malnutrition might affect wound healing time, because the body does not have the proper materials to rebuild damaged tissues.
Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose features a specialized wound treatment center utilizing hyperbaric medicine to keep slow- and non-healing wounds under control. If you are in need of this type of care, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011 to find a physician.