Wound Care at Home

Patients are given instructions to care for their wounds at home. These instructions include:

  • Keeping the wound clean and dry
  • Changing the dressing as directed
  • Taking prescribed medications as directed
  • Drinking plenty of fluid
  • Following a healthy diet, as recommended, including plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Exercising regularly, as directed by a physician
  • Wearing appropriate shoes
  • Wearing compression wraps, if appropriate, as directed

How can ulcers be prevented?

Controlling risk factors can help you prevent ulcers from developing or getting worse. Here are some ways to reduce your risk factors:

  • Quit smoking
  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Control your blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels by making dietary changes and taking medications as prescribed
  • Limit your intake of sodium
  • Manage your diabetes and other health conditions, if applicable
  • Exercise – start a walking program after speaking with your doctor
  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Ask your doctor about aspirin therapy to prevent blood clots

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