Take These Steps to Prevent Wound Infection

Take These Steps to Prevent Wound Infection

Dr. Farouk Marzouk is a board-certified vascular surgeon who sees patients at Frontier Medical Care in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York.

Known for his significant skill and experience in accurately diagnosing and treating vascular disease, Dr. Marzouk is also a wound care specialist who’s happy to explain how you can prevent wound infection and the treatments you might need when a wound becomes chronic.

Home care for wounds

Always seek medical care for wounds that appear deeper than half an inch, bleed profusely without stopping completely within about 20 minutes, or are large with gaping wound edges.

Otherwise, whether yours is a laceration, abrasion, or puncture wound, take these steps to help prevent infection:

Puncture wounds carry an increased risk of infection and may require a doctor’s care, especially those that are deep, caused by a nail or other metal object, or occur as the result of an animal bite.

You may also need a tetanus booster, which must be obtained within 48 hours of the injury. 

What are chronic wounds?

Chronic wounds are those that don’t heal as expected or show little or no improvement within 30 days of the injury.

Often related to underlying vascular disease that compromises your circulatory health or conditions such as diabetes that impair healing, types of chronic wounds include:

Note that bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotic therapy, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can also impair wound healing.

Treating chronic wounds

Depending on the type of wound and the underlying cause, Dr. Marzouk may recommend one or more in-office treatments for chronic wound care, including:

You can also help ensure a successful treatment outcome for chronic wounds by carefully following home care instructions provided by Dr. Marzouk during your office visits.

For more information about chronic wound care or any of the services we offer, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Marzouk at Frontier Medical Care today.

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