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How to Heal Open Wounds Faster?

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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 help wounds heal faster. Here are some self-care suggestions to help speed the healing of wounds.

Last updated on July 7, 2013

How to heal open 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 and heal faster. Always see your doctor if you have any concerns about a wound.
  • 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. 

What natural remedies help heal wounds?

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.

Herbal remedies and essential oils for wounds

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 faster when infection is unlikely. Comfrey or calendula ointments can also be used topically. 

Other tips to heal open wounds faster

  • Wounds 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.

Is good nutrition necessary to encourage the healing process?

Nutrition 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.
Nuts, seeds, polyunsaturated oils such as flax, olive, or hemp oil, whole grains and beans should be part of your diet. Eat vegetables and fruits to get plenty of vitamins and minerals.

A wound Diet Supplementation can also help heal 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. The information provided on this page about wounds is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified practitioner. 

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Resources and useful links on wounds

If you think this article may be useful for others and want to link to it, please use the following format: Beck, Josephine. "How to heal open wounds faster" March 28, 2009. Last updated on July 7, 2013.

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Comments from the community (16)

"???" on 2014-12-20 at 05:02:36
what is collodial silver
"" on 2013-10-27 at 00:00:00
I have a wound on my bottom part of my leg, and with a doctor helping, it's been there in nov for 1 yr. I do have poor circulation in the leg and she did a culture today to see why its not healing any faster.
"melissa2012" on 2012-08-08 at 23:16:28
Raw Organic Honey on the wound then bandage, the honey turns into a natural peroxide that your body can deal with and the honey covering (use alot) will replace the usual scab which causes the scar. Raw honey is now used in the best burn treatment centers because nothing beats it in the medical industry. Who ever said to put glue on a wound is misguided. The wound only heals faster with glue or other poisons because your body is trying extra hard to stop from being poisoned in the wounded area. Please learn some science before recommending poison to heal a wound.
"Me" on 2012-06-25 at 16:38:00
I am a self harmer and I put olive oil on my cuts, now they heal MUCH faster!
"LondonGirl" on 2012-02-17 at 02:42:45
Sudocrem is pretty useful to have around. It doesn't sting and it has many uses. Probably only best for minor wounds though. It has a high Zinc content - a mineral known for its healing qualities.
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