Wounds are injuries as a result of a break in the continuity of any bodily tissue. They include cuts, scrapes, punctured skin, and scratches just to mention a few. Wounds usually heal within a couple of weeks in most cases. However, some medical conditions, such as diabetes, can slow down the healing process and make infections more likely. In the case of an infected wound, it is necessary to apply substances that prevent the infection from spreading. Antibiotics and other antibacterial preparations, such as phages, are options. Unlike antibiotics, which are commonly used to treat infected wounds, phage preparations are more like personalized medicine.
Smoking increases the risk of complications that can lead to chronic diabetic wounds in diabetic patients. There are several explanations for this, including:
- Smoking reduces the effectiveness of your immune system.
- Nicotine raises blood glucose levels, making diabetes management even more difficult.
- Cigarette chemicals promote inflammation.
- Your body is less efficient at transporting oxygen and blood.If you currently smoke, giving up smoking is one of the greatest things you can really do to improve your general health as well as your body’s potential to regenerate.
On the topic of infected diabetic wounds, antibiotics are currently the most commonly used in most parts of the world. Antibiotics are widely known to have a broad range of clearing the pathogenic organisms in the wound thus the perfect candidate to use. However, the recent booming of antibiotic resistance and the formation of superbugs has caused all sorts of changes in how we see when it comes to treating infectious diseases. These antibiotics are no longer working on the bacteria (Read on the comparison between phage therapy and antibiotics therapy). On the other hand, bacteriophages are thought to be a natural gift that can help to solve this misfortune of the human race. Among other application trials, these “alien” looking viral particles have been used to treat diabetic wounds.