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Wounds Specialist

Faiza Tahir, MD -  - Infectious Disease Physician

Faiza Tahir, MD

Infectious Disease Physician located in Baytown, TX

Your body normally does such an efficient job of healing that no one ever worries about their wounds. But some wounds won’t heal properly without intensive medical care from Faiza Tahir, MD PA, in Baytown, Texas. Dr. Tahir has years of experience providing advanced care that accelerates wound healing. She uses today's most advanced dressings and wound care therapies to prevent or treat infections and help you regain optimal health and wellness. If you have a severe or nonhealing wound, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Wounds Q&A

What types of wounds need medical care?

You need specialized wound care any time you have a wound that's severe, infected, or doesn't heal. Each step of the wound healing process depends on the presence of oxygen, nutrients, white blood cells, and regenerative cells such as platelets and stem cells.

Any condition that affects the supply of blood prevents these supporting substances from reaching the wound. As a result, it doesn't heal properly, and you need medical care to prevent serious infections.

The following types of wounds often need advanced care from Dr. Tahir:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Vascular ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Surgical wounds
  • Acute and chronic wounds
  • Traumatic skin tears
  • Lymphedema wounds
  • Autoimmune disease wounds

You may need wound care if an infection develops after surgery or when an injury causes extensive tissue damage. Health conditions that damage blood vessels such as diabetes and vascular disease lead to wounds that won't heal without wound care.

What symptoms indicate wounds that need medical care?

When you have a wound that isn’t healing, the skin around the area keeps breaking down and the wound enlarges, getting wider and/or deeper.

An open wound welcomes bacteria and other organisms that cause an infection. Once an infection sets in, it can easily spread to the surrounding skin and nearby bones, causing serious complications.

Beyond slow healing, these symptoms indicate you have an infection or severe wound that needs medical attention:

  • Thick, yellowish drainage
  • Chronic swelling and redness
  • Foul odor
  • Pain that doesn't improve
  • Dark color around the wound's edges
  • Redness or red streaks spreading out from the wound

Infections often cause bodywide symptoms such as a fever, nausea, fatigue, and muscle aches.

How are wounds treated?

As a wound care specialist, Dr. Tahir thoroughly evaluates your wound and creates a personalized treatment plan using one or more of today's most advanced treatments, including:

  • Compression therapy
  • Wound debridement
  • Advanced dressings
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Bioengineered tissue substitutes
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Off-loading to eliminate pressure
  • Total contact casting
  • Nutritional therapy

The environment surrounding your wound can promote or inhibit healing. Dr. Tahir carefully chooses the type of dressing that creates the proper healing environment for your type of wound.

For example, biologic dressings prevent the loss of water and healing substances, while other innovative dressings promote wound cleaning.

Dr. Tahir also teaches you how to care for your wound at home, giving you all of the help you need to keep the wound clean and properly covered.

If you need exceptional care for a wound, call Faiza Tahir, MD PA, or book an appointment online today.