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When should I seek treatment for a wound that isn't healing?

Dr. John T. Morris, DO
Vascular Surgeon

If you have a wound that doesn't seem to be healing or improving over several weeks, you should seek advanced treatment. If a wound isn't healing over three to four weeks there is typically an underlying problem where you may need some advanced strategies to heal the wound. The longer you have a wound, the higher chance you have of getting a secondary infection and that infection invading other parts down even to the muscle or the bone, which can cause further problems. It's very important that if you have delayed wound healing you seek advanced treatment.

As soon as you realize a wound isn't healing, you should seek treatment. The sooner treatment begins the better, to give your wound the best chance of healing. There are all sorts of things that go into wound healing (and a lot of them are things that you wouldn't think about like direct pressure and blood flow) so seeking treatment as soon as possible is very helpful for healing as fast as possible.

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