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A 62-year-old male asked:

i have a leg ulcer that is approximately 1" x 1/2" in size. i have been using unna boots with no success. will solcoseryl help heal the ulcer?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Leg wound: You need to see a physician (p)to see if your non-healing leg wound is due to either a varicose vein under it, peripheral artery disease (pad) or an osteomyelitis (o). If you have a venous stasis ulcer, a venous doppler study of your leg veins may diagnose a varicose vein beneath it. If there is one, a vein ablation can help cure the wound. If your veins are normal, consider pad or an o. See a p.
Dr. J mark Rheudasil
Vascular Surgery 38 years experience
Treat varicose veins: Elevation, compression and would care is the standard treatment for a venous stasis ulcer, usually a result of deep vein insufficiency. Superficial venous problems, however , can contribute to a higher recurrence rate and perhaps slower healing. Treatment of large varicose veins is therefore generally recommended

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Are there relaxation products that I can use for my leg ulcer?

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Dr. Alan Koslow
Vascular Surgery 43 years experience
No, depends,: Is the ulcer from venous, arterial or diabetic neuropathic. Relaxation will not help any. Stop smoking, . Compression therapy for venous, improve circulation for arterial, offloading for neuropathic. These are the first line rx. However all need debridement and good wound care.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can a person wear jeans if he has a leg ulcer, or will it be irritating?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Certainly: Yes. As long as the ulcer is covered and properly dressed, jeans can be worn. If you aren't already being seen by a wound clinic it is probably a good idea to do so.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How do physicians dress a leg ulcer in a diabetic patient?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Ulcer in a Diabetic: This is too general of a question to answer accurately. A diabetic can develop diabetic foot ulcers but they are also at risk for other types of ulcers too like venous stasis ulcers. A diabetic ulcer that is considered neuropathic requires offloading; an infectious process needs to be treated with antibioitics; and if there is a blood supply issue then that needs to be corrected.
A 39-year-old member asked:

If I don't shower or clean a leg ulcer, will I lose my leg?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
No: No. Factors which determine if you will lose your leg are, 1) how good / bad the circulation is, or 2) whether you have a deep wound infection which will not clear with just antibiotics alone. Showering and keeping wounds clean does help prevent infections.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What should or should not be eaten to hasten the healing of a diabetic leg ulcer?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
Diabetic diet: You need to follow a balanced diabetic diet plan. Also be sure you are eating enough protein. Your pcp can arrange a visit with a nutritionist for specific instructions and tips.

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