If you suffer a minor injury, your body usually heals it with no problem. The healing of larger wounds requires some extra care. At Advanced Wound Care in Southaven and Senatobia, Mississippi, and West Memphis, Arkansas, Jennifer McKee, FNP-BC, and the rest of the team provide wound care services to help you avoid an infection and to help your wound heal as quickly as possible. If you have a wound that requires care for healing, call Advanced Wound Care or book an appointment online today.
All wounds require some level of wound care for proper, healthy healing. There are several different types of open wounds, all of which require cleaning and protecting to avoid infections, slow healing, and other complications. Types of open wounds include:
Abrasions happen when your skin rubs off on a rough surface like pavement. You might not bleed much, but the wound still requires attention and wound care.
Lacerations are deep cuts, often with lots of bleeding.
Puncture wounds come from sharp objects and result in round, deep openings in your skin. They can come from bullets, nails, and other pointy objects.
Avulsions are severe wounds with lots of bleeding. They’re characterized by torn-off skin and tissue.
Surgical wounds don’t happen by accident: They’re the incisions that your surgeon makes during a surgery. At times, these wounds can be slow to heal.
Wound care is the maintenance that goes into treating a wound and encouraging it to heal properly. If your wound is large, deep, or severe, home care alone won’t be enough.
The team at Advanced Wound Care offers many treatments and services dedicated to preventing infections and other complications from your wound. Your professional wound care can involve:
If you have a puncture wound, the team might also recommend getting a tetanus shot to prevent tetanus, a bacterial infection caused by puncture wounds inflicted by contaminated objects.
Home wound care is just as important for proper healing as the care that you get at Advanced Wound Care. The team gives you instructions to follow as you care for your wound at home between appointments. Depending on the type of wound you get and its severity, they could tell you to:
As your wound heals, you’ll attend regular appointments at Advanced Wound Care. The team monitors your healing to make sure that any treatments you get for your wound are working and that there are no signs of an infection.
For more information about wound care and maintenance, call Advanced Wound Care for an appointment or book online today.