Ask the Doctor: Wound Care
How soon should a wound heal? Find out in our Ask the Doctor with the head of Saint Mary's Limb Preservation and Wound Clinic.
We all hurt ourselves from time to time, but when should you see a doctor about a nagging wound?
Dr. Devang Desai is a cardiologist and he's also the head of the Saint Mary's Limb Preservation and Wound Clinic.
If you have a question, call 858-2222 between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
1) WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON WOUNDS YOU TREAT?
Wounds are often caused by diabetes, pressure ulcers, venous stasis and peripheral vascular disease.
2) HOW LONG SHOULD IT TAKE FOR A WOUND TO HEAL... AND AT WHAT POINT SHOULD SOMEONE SEE A DOCTOR?
If you have a wound that has not significantly healed within four weeks or completely within two months, you should consider seeing a doctor. If you notice redness, swelling, pus or bleeding from the wound, pain that gets worse, fever or chills - call your doctor.
3) WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TREATMENT OPTIONS AT SAINT MARY'S?
Treatment options include antibiotic therapy, diabetes education, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, surgical intervention, protective footwear and nutritional services.