Older adults are at a higher risk for developing non-healing wounds than anyone else. Because of this increased risk, it’s important to regularly examine yourself for any wounds and keep note of those that look like they’re not healing. Chronic wounds are wounds that don’t heal over the course of 2-3 months. There are a number of different types of chronic wounds and many of them are a result of infection, surgery, or ulcerations. One of the most common types of chronic, non-healing wounds in older adults is an arterial or venous ulcer.
Arterial ulcers develop when there’s a lack of circulation to a certain area of the body. This is often in response to an artery that has stopped working efficiently or other circulatory issues. A venous ulcer occurs when the veins become defective and subsequently lead to blood pooling. Either a valve in the vein stops working or it’s a sign that you’re suffering from a high number of varicose veins. Either way, this can be dangerous as it reduces your body’s circulation and leads to chronic inflammation. When ulcers appear due to vein issues, it often becomes a non-healing wound that needs ongoing treatment and restoration. Almost all venous ulcers occur on the legs and is an indication that varicose veins have progressed and are in dangerous condition.
Treatment for non-healing wounds vary, but you will almost always need some sort of professional medical assistance to avoid infection or ongoing problems. If left untreated, the blood will leak into surrounding tissues and become swollen and sensitive. This eventually leads to painful ulcers that require ongoing care and management as they don’t have a healthy blood flow to heal. The wound will need to be cleaned regularly and covered with specialized dressings. One way to restore your skin and help the wound heal is through vein treatments. Vein treatments restore healthy blood flow so that your body can heal itself and recover.
To make sure that you avoid any complications, such as additional valve failure or infection, opt for a vein treatment from a board-certified specialist like the ones at Illinois Vein Specialists. Using a small laser, we can target your varicose veins to treat them so that they are absorbed back into your body. After treatment, your blood flow will be redirected to other, healthier veins so that your wounds can heal and the chances of dangerous complications will be eradicated.