The healing of wounds, particularly chronic ones, involves a variety of chemical and physical processes within the body and at the wound site.  Unfortunately those most in need of effective healing of wounds are those most likely to have risk factors for delayed healing.  The following is a list of risk factors, diseases and conditions that are likely to delay wound healing.  In some cases addressing the underlying disease will be as important to wound healing as healing the wound itself.

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Excess alcohol intake
  • Difficulty with showering/bathing
  • difficulty eating a healthy diet with a variety of foods
  • Inflammatory disease rheumatoid arthritis
  • Older age (over 65 years)
  • Taking multiple medications
  • Poor circulation
  • Difficulty with memory and/or thinking
  • Renal failure
  • Smoking
  • Vascular disease
  • Weakened immune system