We've all had a wound: a cut, scratch or scrape that breaks the skin. Most wounds on healthy people heal quickly when kept clean and free of infection, while other types of wounds are more serious and often require medical intervention. These can include decubitus ulcers, also known as pressure sores or bed sores, which develop where bones are close to the skin — such as ankles, back, elbows, heels and hips — in people who are bedridden, use a wheelchair or are unable to change their position. People with diabetes also have a higher risk of developing foot ulcers that can take weeks or months to heal.
Vitamin C is needed to make collagen (connective tissue) that strengthens skin, muscles, and blood vessels and to ensure proper wound healing. Severe injury appears to increase vitamin C requirements, 8 and vitamin C deficiency causes delayed healing. 9 Preliminary human studies suggest that vitamin C supplementation in non-deficient people can speed healing of various types of wounds and trauma, including surgery, minor injuries, herniated intervertebral discs, and skin ulcers. 10 11 A combination of 1-3 grams per day of vitamin C and 200-900 mg per day of pantothenic acid has produced minor improvements in the strength of healing skin tissue. 12 13
The skin is designed to shield the body against germs, so when the skin is damaged it increases the risk that a foreign body will invade the skin and infect the body. If cuts and scrapes are left untreated they can develop sores that can be very painful and take a long time to heal. Sores can develop from an acute or chronic fungal or bacterial infection. These infections can impact your body’s ability to heal and function properly. Natural Remedies for Wound Healing Natural remedies like those listed below can help speed up wound healing to avoid this problem. These remedies can also be used to improve healing time after surgery. 1. Zinc