Chronic Wound Symptoms:

A chronic wound is typically a break in the skin or tissue that has not healed properly after 30 days. Symptoms that are typical in a chronic wound are:
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Unpleasant smell
  • Fluid discharge
  • Severe pain
  • Extreme itchiness
  • Bleeding
  • Fever
  • Warmth

Chronic Wound Risk Factors:

Common conditions that contribute to chronic wounds include: 
  • Diabetes
  • Poor circulation
  • Limited mobility
  • Repeated trauma to the wound area
  • Vascular diseases
  • Edema
  • Bacterial infection
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Poor nutrition

Chronic Wound Treatment Options

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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Chronic wound treatment typically involves negative pressure wound therapy. Negative pressure pumps utilize vacuum-like equipment to encourage your wound to heal. The types of injuries that benefit from this treatment include: 

  • First- and second-degree burns
  • Diabetic, venous, arterial, and pressure ulcers
  • At-risk surgical wounds

There are a wide array of wound pump providers offering: user-friendly kits, educational resources, and specialty dressing options to make performing wound care at home simple and effective. 

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Specialty Dressings and Wound Care Supplies

Often with wound care, you'll need specific dressings to aid in the healing process. Wound dressing manufacturers offer a wide array of specialty dressings, collagens, silvers, alginates and even basics such as gauze, tape, and bandages. 

How We Can Help

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