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Dealing with a wound that won’t heal can be frustrating. No matter how much you clean, re-dress and wait, after several weeks, the wound remains. “If a wound hasn’t begun to heal in two weeks or isn’t completely healed in four weeks, it’s time to see a specialist,” says Rafael S. Cires-Drouet, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and medical director of the Wound Healing Center at UMMC Midtown Campus. Wound healing specialists not only care for wounds but also treat the underlying medical or lifestyle factors that may have contributed to their slow healing.

You Have An Infection

Scrapes, cuts, bites and blisters break the skin, allowing bacteria to enter the body, causing infection. Not only can infection lead to red- ness, swelling, pain and foul-smelling pus, but it can also slow the healing process by preventing the growth of healthy tissue and necessary blood clotting. A wound healing specialist can help treat the infection and create an ideal environment for your wound to heal.

You Have Poor Circulation

Healthy blood flow is an important part of the healing process. When your blood can’t move through your body quickly, wounds take much longer to heal. Poor circulation is often caused by obesity and an inactive lifestyle, but chronic conditions such as peripheral artery disease (PAD) can also play a role. To improve circulation, exercise and elevate your limbs when sitting or sleeping. Also, speak to your physician, who may refer you to a specialist.

You Have Diabetes

People with diabetes need to watch more than what they eat. Elevated blood sugar can lead to a number of complications that affect a wound’s healing process, including a common condition called peripheral neuropathy. This occurs when nerves and blood vessels, most often in the hands and feet, are damaged, causing little to no feeling in the affected area. Because you can’t feel, you often don’t know when wounds form, which leads to further injury and infection. It’s important to inspect your feet and hands regularly and seek assistance from a specialist who can help preserve your health.

Health Help

If you have a non-healing wound, our specialists can help. To make an appointment at the Wound Healing Center at UMMC Midtown Campus, call 855-866-HEAL.