What do Track Marks Look Like and What Do They Mean?

What do Track Marks Look Like and What Do They Mean?

There are many different health risks involved with the usage of drugs, but the use of intravenous (IV) drugs can pose even more potential health risks. Track marks are a major indicator that a loved one has been using any number of harmful drugs, and knowing the signs and how to spot track marks can help open a dialogue about what steps to take to help someone regain control over their lives. Track marks are indicative of a variety of serious issues, and the detrimental health effects they imply need to be addressed quickly before the damage to one’s body is allowed to continue.

What Do Track Marks Look Like on Arms?

track marks on armsTrack marks are commonly found in the arms of someone injecting IV drugs into their bloodstream. Track marks are needle marks on the arm and can take the form of either small holes in the arm or small, scattered scabs, depending on the frequency of use. If someone is using often enough, the track marks typically do not have proper time to heal or scab over, and the small holes will persist. If being used less frequently, scabs may have time to form over, but will still be visible and the usage is still incredibly dangerous. For someone suffering from an addiction, it is also possible their use of an IV drug has affected their diet in detrimental ways, and the malnourishment caused by this can cause the healing process to slow down, leaving the holes open for longer without healing properly. Without the time or nutrients to properly heal, infections become more and more likely to occur in someone using a needle to inject drugs. 

Regardless of if these track marks on arms have begun their hea

ling process or not, there will be a persistent redness that covers the person’s arm due to the constant injections causing damage and irritation to the skin. Track marks on arms will follow along the veins, and even if someone has healed, old track marks look like persistent redness coupled with the development of scar tissue.

 

Track Marks Can Form Anywhere

While track marks are commonly found on the forearms, that isn’t the only place that drugs can be injected. Someone suffering from an addiction and wanting to hide their usage will also be aware of this notion and may decide to use a different injection spot, either on their legs, feet, or any other part of their body where it would be easy enough to find a vein. When suspecting someone of hiding their track marks, it is often not the only sign that someone is suffering from an addiction to drugs, especially in the case of IV drugs like meth, heroin, opiates, PCP, or ketamine. Changes in diet, mood swings, skin and other physical deterioration, lack of concentration, and any number of other factors all may also be indicators that someone is suffering from an addiction. These aspects, coupled with track marks as physical evidence, can be used to create a dialogue based on evidence of someone’s drug use and can help them realize the extent of their addiction. This can hopefully encourage them to seek the professional help they may need to address the addiction.

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Other Health Risks Involved With Track Marks

Track marks and the usage of needles to inject drugs into the bloodstream carry an array of health risks. Not only is there the detrimental effects of the drug itself, but using unsanitary needles can greatly increase the risk of infection, furthering the damage that someone is doing to their bodies. Injecting into the same vein also increases the risk of collapsing the vein entirely. While this can be difficult to spot, collapsed veins carry a number of additional risks due to poor circulation, leading to increased risk of heart problems or stroke, among other risks. The continued use of needles for injecting drugs carries many different health risks, and often leaves the body with little time or nutrients to heal. Addressing track marks means addressing someone’s addiction to a particular substance or substances. It also requires a person to get both medical treatments for the physical damage (or infections caused due to the usage of needles) and professional therapy and treatment for addiction in order to begin the long recovery process often involved with these highly addictive substances. 

 

Track marks are indicative of a serious issue, and represent a threat to someone’s physical and emotional health. Addiction to drugs is complicated, but there is help. If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to drugs, especially in cases where needles are involved, Chateau Recovery can help you take the first steps to gaining control over your addiction. With a number of varied approaches that are designed to provide options to each person in recovery, coupled with each program’s ability to be personalized to fit your own personal needs and goals, Chateau Recovery can work with you to address your vulnerabilities while highlighting your strengths in recovery. With a comfortable atmosphere and trained staff available at all times, Chateau is committed to helping each person set the groundwork for their own prolonged success in sobriety. For more information on how we can help you, call today at (435) 222-5225.

 

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