Slow Wound Healing Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand slow wound healing symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

  1. 4 Possible Slow Wound Healing Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

4 Possible Slow Wound Healing Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced slow wound healing. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

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.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: unexplained bruising, slow wound healing, delayed ability to walk

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is also known as adult-onset diabetes, because it is the result of lifestyle and is not hereditary. Diabetes of any type is the condition where the body does not produce enough insulin to process the sugars in food.

Risk factors include obesity, overeating high-carbohydrate foods, lack of exercise, pregnancy, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS.)

Early symptoms include increased thirst; frequent urination; weight loss despite increased appetite; blurred vision; infections that are slow to heal; and blood sugar somewhat higher than normal.

It is important to get treatment at the first sign of these symptoms, because the high blood sugar levels can cause serious organ damage. Heart disease, neuropathy, kidney damage, and blindness can all result from untreated diabetes.

Diagnosis is made through a series of blood tests to measure blood sugar levels.

Type 2 diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be managed through lifestyle changes. A diet which eliminates refined carbohydrates and controls calories; regular exercise; regular blood sugar monitoring; and sometimes insulin or other medications will all be recommended.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, increased appetite compared to normal, vision changes, feeling itchy or tingling all over, excesive thirst

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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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.

Rarity: Ultra 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

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.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: diarrhea, slow wound healing, slower than normal growth

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Real-life Stories

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Slow Wound Healing

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Take a look under your tongue using a mirror. Are you missing this area under your tongue? (See picture)
  • Do you have any issues with bruising?
  • Have you been hospitalized with an infection more than once?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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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:

  • 40% Inherited Immune Deficiency
  • 30% Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • 30% Type 2 Diabetes

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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