Englewood Health wound healing center

Tips for Wound Healing

Englewood Health wound healing center

Because healing wounds relies on many factors, you play a vital role in the success of your healing. Your wound care nurse will work with you to create a personalized plan for healing your wound and will teach you or a family member how and when to change the dressing.

Nutrition Tips to Support Wound Healing

Good nutrition is very important for wound healing. You should:

  • Supplement your nutrition (protein powder or Ensure) especially if you don’t have an appetite
  • Take a multivitamin daily; zinc and vitamin C are especially important to wound healing
  • Drink lots of fluids, such as water, fruit juices, milk
  • Eat protein-rich foods, such as eggs, dairy, fish, meat (beef, pork, chicken), beans, nuts, tofu
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits (especially leafy greens and citrus fruits) and whole grains
  • Quit smoking or cut back
  • Control your blood sugar, if you have diabetes

Activities to Support Wound Healing

  • Reduce any pressure on the wound. Consider a pressure-relieving mattress or pad to sit on.
  • Avoid friction to the wound, especially rubbing when you turn in bed or reposition in a chair
  • Wear specially prescribed shoes or boots
  • Elevate your legs to prevent swelling
  • Wear compression stockings as prescribed
  • Protect your wound care supplies and follow any special storage instructions

When to Call Your Doctor

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • Fever over 100.5 degrees
  • Chills
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Uncontrollable pain
  • General weakness
  • Difficulty thinking clearly or confusion
  • Increased redness, drainage, warmth, pain or swelling around the wound

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