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is salt a good solution for diabetic foot ulcers?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
35 years experience Wound care
Diabetic foot ulcer: Diabetic foot ulcers require an evaluation by a wound care professional or a podiatrist. Do not attempt to cure this type of wound by yourself. The literature does not support using salt in the wound to help with healing.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
14 years experience Podiatry
No: Salt is not a treatment for diabetic ulcers which should be properly managed by a foot and ankle specialist or wound care specialist in conjunction with the patient's primary care provider.
Answered on Oct 13, 2012
Dr. Khurram Khan
20 years experience Wound care
No: Salt solutions such as saline is physiologic to the human body, but pure salt water solution in high concentrations is detrimental to wound healing.
Answered on Mar 5, 2014
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Dr. Payam Rafat
22 years experience Podiatry
Saline: Saline solution which is a salt water solution is a common type of cleanser used to clean diabetic foot ulcers.
Answered on Feb 7, 2013

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