Slow Wound Healing

What Causes Poor Wound Healing?

Poor wound healing can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose poor wound healing, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "poor wound healing" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Zinc Need
  • Stress
  • Nutritional Deficiency
  • Need For Dietary Improvement
  • Drug Side-Effects
  • Low HGH
  • EFA Need
  • Alcohol Consequences

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
occasional bizarre dreams
diarrhea for 1-3 months
weak appetite
sexual abuse during childhood
being in an unstable relationship
low lymphocyte count
depression with fatigue
severe leg cramps caused by walking
sugar-free soft drink consumption
disturbed sleep
stiff neck
grooves across fingernails
... and more than 120 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of poor wound healing:
Cause Probability Status
Drug Side-Effects 93% Confirm
Low HGH 30% Unlikely
Need For Dietary Improvement 18% Unlikely
Zinc Need 5% Ruled out
Alcohol Consequences 2% Ruled out
Stress 1% Ruled out
EFA Need 1% Ruled out
Nutritional Deficiency 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Immune System Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about slow wound healing:
Wound healing. Do your wounds (any breaks in the skin) seem to take longer to heal than they would in other people? Small wounds normally take 3 days to 3 weeks to heal (grow new skin over the injury).
Possible responses:
→ No / wounds heal quickly / don't know
→ Moderately - healing takes longer than it should
→ Severely - healing takes months (or even years)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either slow-healing wounds or very slow-healing wounds, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Alcohol-related Problems

Alcohol impairs wound healing and increases the likelihood of wound infection.  Alcohol impairs the early inflammatory response; it inhibits wound closure, development of new blood vessels, and collagen production; it alters the protease balance at the wound site, which is needed to remove foreign matter and dead tissue; it decreases resistance to infectious microorganisms.

Chemotherapy Side-Effects

Most chemotherapy drugs inhibit cell functions that are critical to proper wound repair.

Cigarette Smoke Damage

Smoking delays wound healing by weakening the immune system and reducing oxygen levels.

Consequences of Poor Diet

A well-balanced diet provides the body with the tools (nutrients) it needs to repair wounds.

Diabetes Type II

People with diabetes often have impaired wound healing.  Even a tiny sore may remain unhealed and/or infected for months or even years.  In severe cases, overwhelming infection and lack of oxygen and nutrients leads to gangrene.

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement

Failure to provide either omega-6 or omega-3 fatty acids in the diet results in poor wound healing.

Low HGH (Human Growth Hormone)

Human growth hormone (HGH) levels decline with age.  HGH stimulates the production of collagen, which sticks wounds together, strengthens weakened tissue, gives skin more elasticity and helps wounds of the skin or bone heal faster and stronger.

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

Obese individuals often experience delayed wound healing due to a number of factors including: reduced oxygen, nutrient and blood supply to the wound site; moisture and microorganism collection in skin folds that decreases skin integrity and increases risk of infection; immobility, skin friction and skin shear impair the skin's barrier function.


Studies have shown that stressed individuals often exhibit significantly delayed wound healing.

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