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how much time does it take to recover from a corneal ulcer (ulcerative keratitis)?

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Dr. Hussain Elhalis
Ophthalmology 11 years experience
Varies: based on the microbe causing the ulcer, the size, the location and depth of involvement. The range is days to several months. Also, recovery of what aspect? Treating the ulcer can be considered recovery, but if left over scar is in the center of your the cornea, the vision doesn't necessarily recover. Too many variables, best to discuss with your ophthalmologist.

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How are diabetic foot ulcers treated?

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Rx Diabetic Ulcer: There are two main causes of diabetic foot ulcers: neuropathy and arterial. These have different forms of treatment. Unfortunately, both can be involved in the same ulceration so attention by a trained health professional is vital. Contact your primary care physician, wound center, or podiatrist for further workup and attention.
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Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

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No: A leg ulcer will not cause diabetic retinopathy. The two are related though. A person's whose diabetic disease has progressed to the point of having a leg ulcer will also often have diabetic retinopathy. Both happen with poorly controlled diabetes.
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Does IBS lead to ibd (crohn's or ulcerative colitis)?

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Will spicy food and stress cause stomach ulcers?

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No: Stomach ulcers are caused either by an infection with h pylori bacteria or by damage from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen). Emotional stress does not cause stomach ulcers. Physical stress such as fractures of long bones or serious burns can cause bleeding ulcers, especially in hospitalized patients.
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How come glutamine helps in healing skin ulcers?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Protein: Glutamine is an Amino Acid and it is abiding block of protein. Any help in healing would be as a supplement to rebuilding tissue in someone with a poor nutritional staid. The physical factors in the causation of ulcer must be addresses to heal and prevent recurrence of ulcers.
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Glutamine is also used for fuel by several cell types involved in wound healing, including epithelial cells. Glutamine can also participate as a nitrogen donor in purine synthesis--important for rapidly dividing cells. Also, in acute illness the body can't manufacture it's own glutamine effectively, so it becomes conditionally essential.
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