Deep Open Wound: What Can You Do To Heal Faster?

While wounds can be open or closed, a deep open wound requires specialist “wound care” and rehab. A closed wound is where the skin is intact and the risk of infection is, therefore, lower. If a wound is exposed, with broken skin, seek medical advice as it will require careful monitoring. With the right medical care open wounds can heal up, but this can take some time.

Fairview Rehab and Nursing Home’s team of nurses and doctors have great success in monitoring and treating difficult-to-heal wounds. We educate patients, caregivers, and family members on what to expect during the wound-healing process. Rest assured that you will receive superior evaluation, care, and treatment for any kind of deep open wound at Fairview in Queens NY.

Read on to find out more about wounds and wound care and seek medical assistance if you think your cut or wound is serious.

Nurse checking blood pressure of an elderly woman to recover from an open wound

How Long Does It Take A Deep Open Wound To Heal?

Various accidents can lead to deep wounds, and the deeper the wound, the longer it will take to heal. While minor wounds can be treated at home, a deep open wound is best attended to by an experienced medical practitioner. Puncture wounds tend to be deeper, requiring specialist treatment over an extended period.

The older you are, the longer it normally takes to recover from an open wound, such as a laceration. Burns and abrasions are other types of injuries prone to infection and requiring attention by wound care specialists.

Pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and vascular ulcers tend to occur more often in elderly patients with underlying health problems. They require close monitoring by an experienced team of specialists and tend to take longer to heal. The healing time for an deep open wound, therefore, depends on the type of wound and the patient’s overall health condition.

What helps a deep wound to heal faster?

You should always see a doctor if you have a wound that is half an inch deep or deeper. Prompt action can reduce the risk of infection and serious complications, including lockjaw.

Ensuring adequate blood flow to a deep open wound helps speed up the healing process. Doctors tailor care plans to individual patients and adjust treatment for deep wounds according to personal circumstances. What’s important is to get professional, medical wound care and supervision as soon as possible. In the case of ulcers, an experienced care team can usually come up with treatment procedures that speed up recovery.

What to do, or avoid doing, to speed up healing?

The best way to ensure that a deep open wound heals as quickly as possible, is to follow the advice of your doctor or nurse. Avoid alcohol, quit smoking, and stick to a healthy diet, with plenty of fluids. Avoid opening the wound further by heavy lifting or certain exercises. If you notice that a closed wound has opened up, seek medical assistance immediately to reduce the risk of infection.

Contact us or walk in if you would like to find out more about the wound care we provide. We are here to answer any questions you may have. We offer 24-hour inpatient nursing care as well as outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation therapies.

This article contains informational and educational materials and does not replace health or medical advice. For questions or concerns regarding your medical condition or health objectives, speak to a qualified physician or healthcare provider.