increasing prevalence of chronic wounds, more and more research has been done on chronic wound management. For wound healing, we should no longer only focus on its healing speed, but also pay attention to the pain sensation of patients. Severe pain will limit Daily activities and the process of wound healing can even cause serious psychological problems such as anxiety and depression in patients. Follow me to see what should be paid attention to in the care of chronic wound pain.
What are chronic wounds?
Chronic wound pain refers to wound pain that persists beyond the expected healing period, usually more than 3 months. This type of pain is often more difficult to treat than acute wound pain and can affect the patient's quality of life. Often, wound pain is the body's natural response to an injured area. This pain may be sharp at first, but will gradually decrease as the wound heals. However, pain can persist for months or longer if the wound is not treated and cared for properly.
What Causes Chronic Wound Pain?
There are many causes of chronic wound pain, including:
1. Infection: Infection may cause the wound to not heal easily and cause pain during the healing process.
2. Nerve damage: The wound may damage peripheral nerves, causing nerve pain around the wound.
3. Vascular problems: Slow wound healing may be related to problems with blood circulation.
4. Scarring: In some cases, scar tissue may form in the wound, causing pain.
Chronic wound pain and the healing relationship:
Chronic wounds are often painful. This is because the wound irritates the nerve endings, causing pain and discomfort around the wound. Pain may be worse if the wound becomes the source of infection. Wound healing is a complex process involving blood coagulation, cell growth, and regeneration. In chronic wounds, these processes may be interrupted or delayed. Poor circulation, infection, and scarring around the wound can hinder the healing process.
Chronic wounds are treated in a variety of ways, including cleansing, excision of dead tissue, antibiotics, dressings, surgery, and more. The key to treatment is better pain management and infection control to help wounds heal better.
What to consider when treating chronic wounds:
The management of chronic wound pain requires a combination of several factors :
1. In terms of the use of wound medicine: targeted pain treatment should be carried out at the same time as the treatment of wound healing. Medication is the most common approach and includes analgesics, NSAIDs, and antidepressants. Topical treatments, such as applying heat or cold compresses, can also relieve pain. If pain cannot be effectively controlled with medication, patients may also consider other treatments such as endocrine therapy, neuromodulation, and physical therapy.
2. Use suitable wound dressings: Chronic wounds heal very slowly, and comfort should be considered when choosing dressings. Silicone Foam Dressing is recommended, which has the advantages of being soft, skin-friendly, elastic, and can absorb exudate vertically Silicone has the advantages of mild viscosity, safety, non-irritation, and repeatable paste. And it can absorb a large amount of exudate, the absorption speed is fast, and the foam is more skin-friendly, which can relieve the patient's wound pain.
3. In addition to drug therapy, self-management is also very important for the treatment of chronic wound pain. These methods include a correct understanding of the disease, maintaining a positive attitude, avoiding emotional stress, adopting a healthy diet and exercise, and learning to relax and breathe exercises. These approaches can all reduce pain and enhance the patient's quality of life.
In short, although the treatment of chronic wound pain is difficult, it is believed that as long as the patient actively cooperates with the doctor for treatment, and at the same time adds self-management methods to regulate the pain, it is possible to return to normal life and work and lead a healthier life.
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Editor: kiki Jia
Date: March 15, 2023