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Chronic wounds are wounds that do not heal on their own within 5-8 weeks even though you’ve been following your provider’s instructions for proper care. This condition can be serious as wounds can easily become infected and lead to illness or even loss of a limb. Chronic wounds are sometimes called non-healing wounds, and while there are many types, the most common are ulcers.


The following symptoms are typically associated with non-healing wounds:

  • Pain surrounding the wound that doesn’t improve or seems to get worse
  • Dark or blue color around the edges of the wound
  • Wounds that seem to be weeping, draining, or leaking
  • Redness or swelling that spreads away from the wound
  • Wounds that begin to smell bad

Risk Factors

Many people are at risk for chronic wounds. Risk factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • Anemia
  • Cancer and other long-term conditions
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Varicose veins
  • Immobility, such as being confined to a wheelchair or bed
  • Smoking
  • History of ulcers

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