Harvard Health Letter

Why wound healing gets harder as we age

Controlling underlying conditions and watching for early signs of trouble can go a long way toward prevention. When you skinned your knee as a kid, the scrape healed on its own with little more than a bandage and mom’s TLC. Now that you’re older, wounds can take much longer to heal — sometimes many months. “The body’s capacity to repair the skin diminishes as we get older. There aren’t as many growth…

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