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Chronic Wounds

Q: About a month ago, I cut my finger while chopping veggies and wound up with a few stitches. My doctor removed them a week later, but since then the cut has reopened and doesn't seem to want to heal. I've kept it clean with saline and water and covered it with surgical tape, but it looks worse than ever.

Dr. Donnica:
It's impossible for me to make a diagnosis without examining you, but it sounds like you have a chronic wound. This is any non-healing wound or ulcer that has been present for 3-4 weeks and has not responded to conventional therapies.

You need to see your doctor as soon as possible. The wound could be infected, in which case you'll need to have it thoroughly cleaned out. You'll probably also need antibiotic therapy. Once the infection is resolved, you may or may not need new stitches. You may also have an underlying medical problem that is interfering with the healing such as diabetes, poor nutritional status, or an impaired immune system. Smokers may also have impaired wound healing.

Created: 1/10/2004  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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