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A 54-year-old female asked about a 90-year-old female:

What is the best treatment to prevent the recurrence of leg ulcers?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Grobman
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends on the cause: Most leg ulcers are the result of poor venous flow out of the leg and chronic swelling. This is not something to self diagnose and treat. Loss of limb is a real possibility if not correctly treated. You need to have diagnostic testing of the blood flow in the legs both venous and arterial perhaps. Frequently the treatment is compression stockings after achieving healing.
Dr. Andrew Kramer
General Surgery 36 years experience
Compression: Wearing pressure gradient compression stockings, elevation of your legs whenever sitting or on pillows when laying down and moisturizers on the lower legs.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is the best treatment for leg ulcers?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 36 years experience
Leg ulcers: Great qustion, but too general to answer. It depends on what type of ulcer you are dealing with: pressure ulcers require that pressure is redistributed; vein ulcers require compression; and arterial ulcers require that you try to fix the arteries. For the wound itself, we strive for moist healing but removing the devitalized tissue by mechanical or chemical means.
Last updated Sep 28, 2018

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