6 doctors weighed in:
I have an infection but my wounds heal slowly. I think I have a weak immune system? Any tests for that?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Wound healing
Note that there are many factors why a particular wound would not heal as fast as expected; these may have nothing to do with a 'weak' immune system. The immunodeficiency disorders, relatively speaking, are uncommon.
On the other hand, disorders like diabetes mellitus which can affect healing, are extremely common. Reviewing this issue with your doctor can lead to specific testing.

In brief: Wound healing
Note that there are many factors why a particular wound would not heal as fast as expected; these may have nothing to do with a 'weak' immune system. The immunodeficiency disorders, relatively speaking, are uncommon.
On the other hand, disorders like diabetes mellitus which can affect healing, are extremely common. Reviewing this issue with your doctor can lead to specific testing.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Thank
1 doctor agrees
In brief: May be
Several causes for poor healing of wounds, like age , obesity, untreated infections, poor circulation to the area, recurrent damage to the same area due to nerve damage, poorly controlled diabetes, location of wound like on a bony surface, autoimmune diseases, poor nutrition, lack of vitamins especially vit c, need right diagnosis to treat, see a wound care expert

In brief: May be
Several causes for poor healing of wounds, like age , obesity, untreated infections, poor circulation to the area, recurrent damage to the same area due to nerve damage, poorly controlled diabetes, location of wound like on a bony surface, autoimmune diseases, poor nutrition, lack of vitamins especially vit c, need right diagnosis to treat, see a wound care expert
Dr. Addagada Rao
Dr. Addagada Rao
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Crystal Twynham
Board Certified, Surgery
29 years in practice
938K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors