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Wounds are a common infliction and can range from short and shallow to deep and wide. Thankfully, there are specialists trained in treating wounds, and can help you heal faster with the proper measures of addressing your injuries!
Urgent care is a common place to receive treatment for a wound, and they can tell you whether a cut or another skin injury, depending on its shape, severity, location and risk of infection, should require specialized care, and whether medical care could lessen scarring or improve healing. You should see a doctor immediately if any of the following are factors with your wound:
Your doctor may clean it and prescribe oral antibiotics after examining the wound. They will also determine whether or not you will need stitches to help the wound heal faster and leave less of a visible scar. Stitches on the face are generally removed after 3 days. In high-stress parts of the body, like joints, stitches can stay in for up to two weeks. Alternatives to stitches include adhesive tape, staples, or liquid skin adhesives that work like glue. Liquid adhesives don’t need to be removed.
It’s time to see a specialist when wounds don’t heal or are still painful despite treatment. Your best resource for questions about potential infection from a wound that isn’t healing properly is a qualified provider who deals with non-healing wounds.
The wound will be measured and examined, and blood flow to the wound will be checked to determine why the wound is not healing at a wound care center. The wound will be cleaned and any dead skin and tissue will be removed to promote healing, which is called debridement. To prevent infection, the wound will be dressed, and a treatment plan will be established.
A variety of treatments are available to help, depending on why the wound has become chronic. In addition to regularly changing the wound dressing, care options may include: infection treatment, treating underlying conditions that may prevent healing, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapy, growth factor therapy and skin grafts.
As a rule, wound care physicians come from a variety of medical specialties including emergency medicine, podiatry, vascular medicine, plastic & reconstructive surgery, and many others.
Regardless of practice, the most important quality is a passion for wound care. Wound care is unique in that the doctor experiences the healing journey along with each patient through weeks or months of treatment.
No matter what type of medicine your wound care physician specializes in, ongoing training in wound care and hyperbaric medicine is very important. Wound care is an ever-evolving specialty and it’s important to stay on top of the latest products, procedures, and trends in wound healing.
If you or someone you know has sustained a wound, come to AFC Urgent Care today! We have experts trained in treating all types of wounds, and have great experience to get you back to good health! Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.