An open wound is a type of injury in which skin is torn, cut, or punctured. Not all wounds heal equally depending of the severity and the site of the trauma. But to encourage the healing process to happen faster, there are several things that can be done. Certain natural remedies may offer relief from symptoms and speed wound healing. Here are some self-care suggestions on how to heal wounds faster: learn about first aid guidelines, natural remedies and nutrition tips.
How to heal wounds faster: first aid guidelines
Most wounds do not require emergency medical treatment. However, watch for signs of severity. If the wound is either too deep, infected, if you can’t control the bleeding, if there are still remaining debris after cleaning or if the wound is located on sensitive skin, medical wound care is usually much needed. You may also need steri strips or sutures to help close the wound. Sutures usually help heal wounds faster. Always see your doctor if you have any concerns about a wound.
First aid guidelines for wounds
- For any open wound, your main focus should be to reduce the bleeding and avoid infection by applying pressure on the wound.
- Next wrap a sterile and absorbent cloth (or a compress) around it.
- To reduce bleeding, you can also raise the injured part above the level of the heart.
- When the bleeding is controlled, an ice pack wrapped in a towel can be applied until it begins to feel numb. This helps constrict blood vessels.
To clean the wound, rinse it out with clear water. It is not recommended to use soap because it can irritate the wound, so try to keep it out of the actual wound.
Tips to heal wounds faster
- Wounds and cuts heal faster if there is no pressure on them and if they are kept relatively motionless. Movement disrupts the formation of the new blood vessels.
- Bandages keep the wound clean, keep harmful bacteria out, and maintain moisture to prevent your skin from drying out. Bandages should be changed daily. However, after the wound has healed enough to make infection unlikely, exposure to the air may help to speed wound healing.
How to heal wounds faster with natural remedies?
To speed the healing of a wound, you need to understand what is involved in wound healing. What happens is a growth of millions of tiny blood vessels producing new capillaries. Wound edges are then pulled together and in the last phase, new collagen forms. This is a very complicated process and infection is one of the main risks that can really slow down the healing.
In case of superficial open wounds, there are many natural remedies that can be used to help fight against the infection, regenerate new cells and encourage the healing process.
Colloidal silver to avoid further infection
Colloidal silver helps kill bacteria without damaging newly forming skin cells. It does not sting or burn. Other antiseptics sting when applied to a wound because they are killing the surrounding wall tissue cells. Colloidal silver does not harm the surrounding cells or tissue. Use a spray and sprinkle the colloidal silver over the affected area to help heal wounds faster.
Herbal remedies and essential oils
If infection is still likely to happen, it is best to avoid applying aloe vera or any essential oils on the wound at this stage. Essential oils, such as tea tree or clove oil, provide excellent treatment to heal wounds faster when infection is unlikely. Comfrey or calendula ointments can also be used topically.
How to heal wounds faster with good nutrition?
Is good nutrition necessary to heal wounds faster? Diet is definitely something to focus on. Whereas good nutrition facilitates healing, malnutrition can delay, inhibits and complicate the process.
- Protein is required as part of the inflammatory process, in the immune response and in the development of tissue.
- The amino acid arginine is also important because it is abundant in the structure of collagen.
- Carbohydrates are needed for a healthy inflammatory response.
- Essential fatty acids are essential for skin membrane function. However, some studies show that fish oil supplements could slow down wound healing. Omega-3s from fish oil are anti-inflammatory, but you might want to avoid it for a while.
- Vitamin B, E, A, C, zinc and copper play key roles in wound healing.
A wound Diet Supplementation can also help heal wounds faster. A study (Rohrich's study) shows that taking a herbal supplement called InflammEnz can heal a wound 20% faster. This herbal product combines several antioxidants, nutrients and enzymes, including calcium and potassium. But there are four in particular that are suspected of boosting the healing process : vitamin C, bromelain, rutin, and grape seed extract.
Keep in mind that a skin wound that doesn't heal, heals slowly or heals but tends to recur, is known as a chronic wound. There are many factors that may slow down the wound healing process. Wounds that take a long time to heal need special care. Always be guided by a doctor.
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