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Why Does Wound Care Matter?

The human body’s healing ability is complex. There is a natural order to this process. Unfortunately wound healing can be easily interrupted or stalled.  The longer a wound is open, the less likely it will heal.

Wounds not responding to over-the-counter, ER, primary care, or home nursing treatments warrant evaluation with a wound care expert.

Sometimes wounds are not what they seem

  • Wounds are often misdiagnosed or undertreated or overlooked.

  • A “wound” may actually be a skin cancer.

  • A very minor appearing blister or callus may hide a deeper problem that could lead to serious complications.

  • There are a variety of issues that can slow healing: infection, pressure/friction, smoking, excess moisture or dryness, or even over-the–counter remedies.

  • Many diseases severely affect healing such as diabetes, kidney failure, autoimmune diseases, blood flow problems, malnutrition, and heart and lung diseases.

  • Treatment for certain conditions can interfere with healing, for example, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, autoimmune medications like steroids, and some blood thinners.

  • Wounds present for weeks or months may be hiding serious underlying issues, even if they look unremarkable.

  • Sometimes simply changing a few steps in the care and treatment of a wound is all that is needed for it to heal properly.

  • Wounds and ulcers may need advanced therapies to finish healing, such as specialized medications, dressings, or treatments, man-made grafts or hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatments.

  • Sometimes the healing course is longer and more complicated due to other medical problems that need to be diagnosed and treated.

  • Conditions such as diabetes and poor circulation alter the body’s chemistry, creating a higher risk profile for patients who suffer from even minor wounds. This is especially true for foot wounds, which can rapidly lead to complications including amputation. Wound care expertise is crucial.  Early evaluation and intervention is key for avoiding amputation.


Don’t suffer with your wound any longer. 

Dr. Tay Sha Howell will partner with you and your team (primary doctor, surgeon, family, and/or home health service) to heal your wound as quickly as possible.


Is Direct Wound Care Right For Me?

  • Maybe you want individualized quality wound care.

  • Maybe your wound is fairly new or seems minor, but you need it to heal quickly.

  • Maybe your wound hasn’t been responding to what you or your doctor have been using.

  • Maybe your wound is worsening.

  • Maybe you’re worried that you have something more serious going on with the wound.

  • Maybe you are at higher risk for complications due to conditions listed above.

  • Maybe you are tired of dealing with the wound: the drainage, the dressings, the discomfort, the odor, or the hassle.

  • Maybe you can’t afford the cost of hospital based wound care centers.

When you need to heal, you need expertise. You need Direct Wound Care.


Dr. Tay Sha Howell, an experienced wound care physician specialist, will thoroughly examine the underlying issues, educate on the nature of the wound problem, offer treatment plans to accelerate healing, and help you prevent recurrence of the wound.


“I tell my patients that my role is to be the ‘PI or private investigator’ of their wound by trying to discover what is wrong. Usually more than one issue is affecting the wound if they are seeing me, otherwise it would’ve already healed on its own or with previous treatments.”     -Tay Sha Howell, MD


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