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Postburn Itch: A Review of the Literature

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The problem of postburn itch has been underevaluated and undertreated in the past. However, recently published data have expanded the evidence base, which provides clinicians and their patients with new evaluation and treatment options that can help reduce and potentially eliminate the prolonged distress experienced by burn survivors faced with postburn itch. Although a gold standard evaluation method has not yet been agreed upon, there are a number of tools that have been published that clinicians can use for assessment....

Itching for Knowledge About Wound and Scar Pruritus

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Chronic itch continues to be a problem that plagues millions of humans and animals. Pruritus has a negative impact on patient quality of life and many patients experience sleep deprivation, anxiety, and depression, similar to patients with chronic pain. This review provides an overview of clinical pruritus research with special emphasis on itch that wound care providers may see....

Descriptors for Itch Related to Chronic Wounds

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Introduction. Wound-related itch can be a source of great discomfort for patients with chronic wounds. Although itch is common among patients with chronic wounds, it is an understudied phenomenon. A greater understanding of itch is needed in order for clinicians to more effectively manage it.Objective. The purpose of this study is to identify descriptors for wound-related itch based on patient responses....

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Low-intensity Exercise Accelerates Wound Healing in Diabetic Mice

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Abstract: Introduction. Moderate-intensity aerobic exercise has been noted to improve wound healing rates in mice and people, but different intensities of exercise may have different impacts on healing rates. It is important to determine the most beneficial exercise intensity for improving wound healing in people with type 2 diabetes to help prevent wounds from becoming chronic, greatly reduce pain and immobility, and lower the high cost of health care associated with treatment....

Hepatitis C Virus: Patients’ Risk Factors and Knowledge in an Urban Clinic Providing Wound Care

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Abstract: Introduction. Affecting about 3.2 million people in the United States, hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the primary cause of chronic liver disease and a global health challenge. Hepatitis C virus can affect the functioning of the liver, the health of the person, and thus wound healing....

Updating the Diabetic Foot Treatment Algorithm: Recommendations on Treatment Using Advanced Medicine and Therapies

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Abstract: Objective. Since the last diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) treatment algorithm was published in 2002, new options for diagnostic testing and treatments have been developed. This study seeks to update the DFU treatment algorithm to include new options available in diagnostic testing and treatment....

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Abstract: The case of a 62-year-old Caucasian man with type 1 diabetes who developed malignant transformation of an area of prior diabetic foot ulceration (DFU) is reported. He had significant hallux valgus deformity, multiple episodes of healing and breakdown, and eventual transformation to verrucous carcinoma (VC).

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