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When is my wound going to heal?

When is my wound going to heal?

When is my wound going to heal?


This topic and the attached wound poster explain how wounds heal, how to recognize infection, and how to help wounds heal. For more information on patient education materials in wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, see topic "Patient Education in Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy"

Wound Poster "When is My Wound Going to Heal"? 

Patient Education

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How do wounds heal? 

A wound goes through different stages before it closes. The stages are:

  1. Injury: When the skin is injured, bleeding happens and the body tries to stop the bleeding by forming clots
  2. Inflammation: In this stage, many different types of cells come to the wound from different parts of the body, in order to destroy bacteria and clean the wound
  3. Tissue growth: After the wound is clean, the body makes new cells to fill and decrease the wound
  4. Healed: Once the wound is closed, the body continues to organize the new cells and tissue while they mature and become stronger 

How do I know my wound is infected? 

If you see any of the signs below your wound may be infected and you should contact your clinician:

  • Increased pain
  • Increased redness
  • Increased warmth
  • Increased swelling
  • Increased drainage
  • Increased odor 

What is good and what is bad for my wound?


  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after changing your wound dressing 
  • Eat a well-balanced diet to help your wound heal
  • Keep your wound covered with a clean dressing


  • Dryness: Avoid drying out your wound.  Wounds heal faster when kept moist
  • High blood sugars: Watch your blood sugars and keep them controlled if you have diabetes mellitus
  • Smoking: Smoking reduces the supply of oxygen to heal the wound

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