Top tips for taking care of your wound

It's not always clear how best to take care of your chronic wound. Doctor Nabila Benahmed, Medical Director, offers her essential advice to help patients along the road to healing.
What are the first recommendations to follow for a chronic wound?

 Dr Nabila Benahmed: The first thing to do is to see a doctor so they can make an accurate diagnosis and decide on the appropriate treatment. To take care of your wound it is also essential to have a healthy lifestyle, to stop smoking and drinking alcohol, to avoid sitting for long periods and to take regular exercise, eat healthily and drink plenty of water.

Do venous leg ulcers require special precautions?

 Dr Nabila Benahmed: In this case, compression bandages should be worn permanently as they contribute to venous return. If they slide/fall off, ask your nurse to reapply them. It is best to avoid taking hot baths – showers are preferable.

I have a pressure ulcer. How can my family help me?

Dr Nabila Benahmed: Your family can remind you to change position regularly to relieve the pressure, around every two to three hours. However, be careful to avoid friction when changing position as your skin may have become thinner and therefore more fragile. 

As a diabetic patient, how can I encourage my ulcer to heal?

 DrNabila Benahmed: Maintaining good blood sugar balance is one of the key aspects of effective healing. In the event of a diabetic foot ulcer, use a pressure relieving shoe as early as possible and until the ulcer is fully healed, to avoid putting weight on the foot. You can also see a chiropodist to look after your feet.  

Can I take a shower with an ulcer? 

 Dr Nabila Benahmed: Impermeable adhesive dressings are available, which are water resistant and protect the wound. I recommend washing before the nurse arrives to change your dressing. 

What should I do if my ulcer takes a funny turn?

 Dr Nabila Benahmed: If the ulcer changes over time, particularly if it becomes red or painful, you should speak to your nurse immediately.