Are you currently suffering from an open wound? Seek help at AFC Urgent Care in Loxahatchee Groves. Our kind and dedicated staff are equipped to handle and provide treatment for your wounds. Call today for more information or schedule an appointment online with one of our wound care specialists. We serve patients from Loxahatchee Groves, FL, Royal Palm Beach FL, Palm Beach Gardens FL, Wellington FL, Century Village FL and Lake Park FL.
A wound is defined as any opening of the skin. Whether it’s from a scrape, scratch or cut, if there is blood drawn or flesh exposed, you’re dealing with a wound. They come in all shapes and sizes: long, short, deep and wide. If your wound hasn’t healed within three to four weeks, seek medical attention. Untreated wounds can lead to further complications.
What can I eat to heal my wounds faster?
While it is common knowledge that a healthy diet is important for overall health, what you eat can also make a difference in how quickly a wound heals.
That’s important because slow-healing wounds leave you more vulnerable to infection and other problems. What’s more, you probably would like to be back on your feet again as quickly as possible.
The most important thing to understand is that even a relatively small wound can drastically affect the way your body metabolizes nutrients. This is called the catabolic phase and, when you’re in it, your body’s calling all hands on deck.
Practically speaking, what that means is that any extra protein, fats, carbohydrates and antioxidants are being used to create new tissue. During this period, your body will have a greater demand for nutrients—and it’s important that it gets them to heal properly.
Can I shower with an open wound?
This is an important question, as proper hygiene is essential to wound care. You can take a bath or have a shower if your wound does not have a dressing in place when you go home. Simply let water run over the wound. However, you can still have a bath or shower if your wound does have a dressing. Shower on the day the dressing is due to be changed as dressings can absorb water and may require changing shortly after you shower. Showering is preferable over bathing, as bathing would allow the dressing to soak, which should be avoided. Avoid using soap, shower gel, body lotion or other bathing products directly over your wound.
What type of doctor treats wound care?
Wound specialists are health care professionals who have been trained in the care and treatment of all types of wounds, acute and chronic. The most commonly treated wounds are those sustained from an acute injury, diabetic wounds, surgical wounds and pressure sores.
In addition, health care professionals help an estimated 5 million Americans who have wounds that will not heal. Wound specialists have a significant impact on their quality of life as those suffering from wounds that will not heal experience a disruption to their everyday lives.
These health care professionals and practitioners are specially trained in wound care. A wound care specialist accrues at least three years of experience in wound care before sitting for a written examination to prove their specialized knowledge and competence after successfully completing the basic courses for a career in the health care field. Continuing education credits and periodic re-certification testing is required to maintain their wound care specialist status.
If you are currently afflicted by an open wound, seek medical attention immediately. At AFC Urgent Care, we have wound specialists experienced in treating wounds of all shapes and sizes, and can help you treat, dress and heal your wound. Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!