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Wound Care

wound careWounds have many different causes, and one of the most important steps in wound care treatment is identifying the underlying cause. Poor circulation, poor nerve function or neuropathy, foot deformities or boney prominences can all contribute to wound formation. One must be wary of all wounds, regardless of depth or size. Diabetes, a chronic disease in which the body cannot properly use glucose the way it normally would and one cause of wounds, can produce various complications that make wounds difficult to heal. Nerve damage or neuropathy will cause diabetics to have trouble feeling the pain of a blister or cut until the condition has significantly worsened or become infected. A diabetic’s weakened immune system can make even the most minor of wounds easily susceptible to infection. Diabetics are also more prone to developing narrow, clogged arteries, and are therefore more likely to develop wounds.

Wounds should be taken care of immediately after discovery, as even the smallest of wounds can become infected if enough bacteria build up within the wound. To remove dirt, wounds should be first rinsed under running water only. Soap, hydrogen peroxide, or iodine can irritate the injury and should be avoided. To prevent infection, apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover it with a bandage. The bandage should be changed daily. The skin around the wound may be cleaned with soap.

To prevent further exacerbation, see a doctor. Minor skin conditions can become larger problems if not properly inspected. As the wound heals, make sure to avoid applying pressure to the affected area.

Our office is able to help diagnose your underlying cause and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. We offer many in-office diagnostic tools, including X-ray, MRI, vascular studies and ultrasound. We can also work with your insurance to help provide wound care supplies. Dr. Lawlor works closely with many doctors of different specialties and if necessary, can refer to the appropriate one for the most optimal outcome.

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