Wound Care

Temecula Medical Group

Concierge Primary Care & Aesthetic & Wellness Clinic located in Temecula, CA

If you’ve suffered an open cut or sore, proper wound care is essential to prevent infections like sepsis. At the Temecula Medical Group in Temecula, California, Richard Rawson, DO, and the team provide expert wound care to promote healing and minimize your risk of infection. Whether you have a deep cut or slow-healing diabetic wound, the Temecula Medical Group can provide the care you need. Call or schedule an appointment online now to learn more.

Wound Care Q & A

What is wound care?

Wound care is the evaluation, management, and treatment of nonhealing wounds. The purpose of wound care is to stimulate healing and prevent infection. Many slow- or nonhealing wounds leave your deeper tissues vulnerable to infection and damage. Without proper healing, the wound can grow and fester. Sometimes, nonhealing wounds lead to amputation.

How do I know if I need wound care?

Not all cuts, scrapes, and abrasions require professional wound care. But if you have a wound that isn’t healing on its own, a visit to the Temecula Medical Group can protect you against additional damage. Consider wound care if you experience:

  • Skin swelling
  • Redness
  • Skin that’s warm to the touch
  • Foul-smelling wound
  • Pus in the wound
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Increased tenderness
  • Blisters in or around the wound

Many nonhealing wounds increase in size as they erode the surrounding tissue. Black or brown tissue is a telltale sign of necrosis (tissue death). The sooner you seek treatment, the more likely you’ll recover without complications.

Who is at risk of needing wound care?

Anybody can develop a nonhealing wound, but some individuals are at a higher risk. You can be at risk of needing wound care if you:

Have diabetes

Diabetes is the number one condition causing slow-healing wounds and sores. Diabetes restricts blood flow to the feet, which slows healing. This chronic disease also causes peripheral neuropathy, which can lessen sensation in the feet. As a result, you can experience slow-healing sores from minor cuts, calluses, and blisters.

Have a weakened immune system

Many conditions and lifestyle factors can weaken your immune system. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Type 1 diabetes are chronic diseases that weaken immune function. Poor nutrition can also reduce your immune function.

How does wound care work?

Some wounds are easier to treat than others. While cleaning and dressing a wound can often be enough to protect your wound against infection, others wounds require debridement. This minimally invasive procedure removes dead or infected tissue from your wound. Removing necrotic tissue promotes healing.

Call the Temecula Medical Group today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about wound care.