You can treat a chronic wound
by paying attention to a healthy diet to strengthen wound healing and the immune system. It is important to note that different vitamins and proteins are needed depending on the type and size of the wound. Tailoring dietary changes will depend on the underlying condition. For example, if diabetes is involved, professional advice may be recommended through a diabetes education program or by a qualified nutritionist.
General guidelines for a healthy diet in chronic wounds
The treatment of chronic wounds requires a disciplined and holistic approach. A healthy diet is essential here to support the body in healing. Particular attention should be paid to achieving a normal weight, as both being overweight and underweight can be harmful to the body.
A high-fiber, low-fat Mediterranean-style diet helps to provide the body with optimal nutrients. At least five portions of fruit and vegetables should be on the menu every day to absorb the necessary vitamins and minerals.
In addition to a balanced diet, it is important to drink enough fluids - at least 1.5 liters a day. However, it should be noted that prescribed drinking quantities should not be exceeded due to other illnesses. It is better to avoid sweet drinks such as lemonade or fruit juice drinks.
Despite everything, a glass of alcohol may be enjoyed in moderation - but please do so with caution!
With these general guidelines for a healthy diet, the treatment of chronic wounds is supported in the best possible way.
What to do about wound odor?
Solution and prevention
It is unquestionably an unpleasant feeling when, for example, an open wound on the leg emits a strong odor. This is largely caused by bacteria living in the wound and any dead tissue that may be present.
But don't worry: the cause of the unpleasant odor can be remedied! First, the infected tissue must be removed so that the wound remains clean and can heal.
To prevent re-infection, there are several measures to keep the body hygienic. Regular personal hygiene should be a matter of course; however, unnecessary frequent washing must be avoided as well as making sure that the skin is appropriately creamed after each care. In the case of open wounds, showers or full baths should only be taken after consultation with medical professionals - after all, safety first!
How to handle wound pain?
A chronic open wound usually causes intense pain that severely impairs normal movement. Despite medical treatment, however, there are ways to influence one's own perception of pain. By using relaxation, breathing and distraction techniques, one can counteract the suffering and bring about relief.
What should be considered when changing a dressing?
It is of utmost importance to follow all necessary instructions and precautions when changing a dressing. As a rule, chronic wound care should be carried out exclusively by healthcare professionals who have been specially trained for this purpose.
However, if you are authorized to change the dressing yourself, be sure to use only dressing materials prescribed by a physician and always follow the individual instructions for treating such a wound.
Any unauthorized action or even the use of home remedies can cause a worsening of the condition - here should not be acted carelessly under any circumstances!
What to avoid at all cost
It is necessary to keep a wound dry at all times. Under no circumstances should you use your own improvised rags or old cloths to cover the wound. Applying homemade creams and ointments can also negatively affect healing. Please do not under any circumstances use colored substances such as iodine in the wound, and avoid sprinkling or applying both sugar and honey on it.
Liquor and other alcoholic beverages should not be used to clean the wound! In addition, we strongly recommend that you do not use worn-out compression bandages as well as "long-stretch bandages" for a compression bandage.
In addition, please ensure that you do not apply any compression bandages or stockings while the wound is still open.
Avoid these measures at all costs to ensure that your injury heals quickly and successfully!