Healthwatch

Did you know that some wounds, which linger and go untreated can cause infections that can lead to the loss of a limb or even worse, death?

According to healthcare officials, people who suffer from diabetes are the most likely candidates to face major complications from wounds.

"Because a diabetic has impaired blood circulation, and they don't have the sensory perception that we do," says Wound Care Nurse Annette Rigby. "Because of this they might necessarily know that something's in their shoe and by the end of the day it could have rubbed an ulcer on their foot. That ulcer could then get infected. This can then get into the bone and cause osteomalities and possibly cause the loss of toes or a foot or even the lower part of the leg."

Fannie Ruth Hill from Quitman knows about the importance of monitoring wounds. Complications from diabetes led to the loss of one of her legs. At the time when we saw her she was being treated for a wound on her other foot. For Mrs. hill checking for scratches or cuts on her foot has become routine.

“I check my feet everyday! Everyday!"

Other common wounds include those caused from burns or bed sores. Healthcare officials say you should remember that if you have a wound such as a blister or ulcer you should not press on it because that could cause further tissue damage.

Meanwhile, while some wounds heal on their own, they say there are sure signs that you need to seek medical help.

"It begins to get red, swollen and starts draining, then you know something's wrong and you need to seek medical attention," says Nurse Rigby.

Advise which patients like Mrs. Hill say definitely pays off in the long run.

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