Whether you can perform wound care depends on several factors, including:
If you can see and reach the wound and can provide the treatment without specialized equipment, you may be able to care for your wound at home. In many cases, non-healing wounds need to be frequently assessed and treated by an experienced doctor to ensure treatment is effective.
Primary care doctors and nurses most often provide wound care, assuming they received sufficient training in it. Primary care doctors are trained to treat nearly any condition you may experience, but they can also become specialized in certain disciplines by taking additional training.
Your participation in your treatment plan is critical for expedited and complete healing. Here are some things you can do at home:
When you take these measures at home, you give your body everything it needs to continue healing.
If you have a wound that doesn’t seem to be healing over time, you should schedule an appointment for evaluation and diagnosis at Premier Medical Group. Please note that it’s never too early to see a doctor, especially if you have diabetes or a history of non-healing wounds.
It’s also important that you see a doctor if your wound has changed while you’re under a doctor’s care. If there's new drainage, increased pain, the wound becomes larger, you’re experiencing signs of infection, or you’ve lost or soiled your bandage, you should contact Premier Medical Group to find out if you should schedule an appointment.
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