Diabetic wound care is an important aspect of managing diabetes. People with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing wounds that are slow to heal, as high blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and reduce circulation to the skin. If not treated promptly and effectively, these wounds can lead to serious complications such as amputation. Fortunately, Queens Multi-specialty group practice provides cutting-edge wound care therapies to help patients with slow-healing wounds avoid infection and promote natural healing.
Here are tips for diabetic wound care.
- Keep the wound clean
Wound infection can lead to amputation or at worst become life-threatening. Wash the wound with soap and water, and dry it gently with a clean cloth. Avoid soaking the wound in water, as this can cause the skin to become too soft and increase the risk of infection. Use an antimicrobial solution to clean the wound and avoid wound infection.
- Cover the wound with a sterile bandage
Cover the wound with a sterile or adhesive bandage to keep it clean and protected. Avoid using regular tape or a dressing that is too tight, as this can cause irritation or cut off circulation. Change the bandage daily or as needed to keep it clean and dry.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment
To help prevent infection, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin or Bacitracin, to the wound after cleaning it. Be sure to cover the entire wound, but avoid applying too much ointment, as it can create a moist environment that can increase the risk of infection.
- Keep the wound moist
Keeping the wound moist can help to promote healing. Use a non-adhesive dressing or wrap the wound in a moistened cloth to keep it moist. Avoid using ointments or creams that contain alcohol, as these can dry out the skin and slow down healing.
- Avoid exposing the wound to the sun
Exposing the wound to the sun can cause further skin damage and may slow the healing process. It is important to keep the wound covered and protected from the sun, especially if it is located on the part of the body that is frequently exposed to sunlight.
- Practice good foot care
People with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing foot problems, including wounds. It is important to practice good foot care to prevent wounds from occurring. This includes washing and drying your feet daily, trimming your toenails regularly, and wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes. If you have neuropathy (nerve damage) in your feet, you may need to use a special foot cream to keep your skin moist and prevent cracks or sores from forming.
Proper wound care is essential for people with diabetes to prevent infection and promote healing. By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your wounds heal quickly and effectively. If you have any concerns about your wound care or are experiencing difficulties with healing, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider.
Call New York Medical and Vascular Care to book your appointment for diabetic wound care to avoid further complications.