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4 Potential Slow Wound Healing Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Type 2 Diabetes

    Diabetes causes that blood glucose (blood sugar) levels to become high. With Type II Diabetes, the more common type, the body does not make or use insulin efficiently. Insulin is necessary to metabolize glucose.

    Type II Diabetes is a life-long condition but can be well managed.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, increased appetite compared to normal, vision changes, feeling itchy or tingling all over, excesive thirst
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Ehlers - Danlos Syndrome

    Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a rare inherited disorders that weakens connective tissues that support skin, bones, blood vessels, and other organs. This condition can result in the ability to overextend and easily dislocate joints, and in chronic pain in some people.

    EDS is a chronic, not life-threatening condition.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    unexplained bruising, slow wound healing, delayed ability to walk
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Inherited Immune Deficiency

    Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency is a rare genetic condition where white blood cells are unable to correctly navigate to a site of infection. As a result, people with this condition are highly susceptible to infections, especially on the skin.

    Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency is a chronic disease, and thus precautions must be taken throughout life to avoid infection.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    unexplained/excessive bleeding from cuts or wounds, slow wound healing
    Symptoms that always occur with inherited immune deficiency:
    slow wound healing
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Chronic Granulomatous Disease

    Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is a genetic disorder in which certain immune system cells are unable to kill some types of bacteria and fungi. The disorder leads to long term and repeated (recurrent) infections.

    Poor long-term prognosis

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, slow wound healing, slower than normal growth
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Slow Wound Healing

  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Do you have any issues with bruising?
  • Q.Take a look under your tongue using a mirror. Are you missing this area under your tongue? (See picture)
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Slow Wound Healing Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced slow wound healing have also experienced:

    • 7% Fatigue
    • 2% Headache
    • 2% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • People who have experienced slow wound healing were most often matched with:

    • 32% Ehlers - Danlos Syndrome
    • 3% Type 2 Diabetes
    • 1% Inherited Immune Deficiency
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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