Board-certified family physician Naz Wahab, MD, and her team at Wound Care Experts offer a progressive and integrative approach to medicine at their practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Naz Wahab is a Board-certified physician and a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association who has practiced in Southern Nevada since 2003. After completion of her residency training, she established her family medicine practice in Las Vegas.
During this time, she encountered and treated countless patients. This gave her a sense of the gaps in patient care in our community.
She joins us today, sharing the following wound management tips with the general public and the advanced wound care solutions like ActiGraft that are currently available.
● Wash your wound. When you first sustain an injury, clean it with anti-bacterial soap and water right away to remove dirt and other debris. Use a soft cloth to clean around the wound and avoid placing soap directly in the wound.
● Keep a clean dressing on your wound. Dressings prevent germs and other bacteria from infecting your wound, as well as prevent further injury. Because fluids that drain from a wound can damage the healthy skin around it, it’s important to change dressings regularly.
● Eat healthily. Having a healthy, appropriate diet gives your immune system the energy it needs to heal efficiently and properly. Leafy green vegetables, eggs, salmon and nuts are rich in protein, which helps wounds heal faster.
● Don’t get wet. If your wound is on a lower extremity, keep it free from water in the shower or bath as water can cause the skin to soften and reopen the wound. Use waterproof covers or an elevated shower chair to help keep moisture out of the wound.
● Consult a doctor. If a wound does not heal in four to six weeks, contact your primary care physician and let them know the progress, or lack thereof, of your wound’s condition. Additional treatments may be needed if a wound continues to fester.