A 30-year-old female asked:
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venous ulcers starting to heal,but now skin on edge of wounds is black.is this normal?had sepsis,hospitalized from ulcers and cellulitis 3 weeks ago

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Dr. Jose Prieto-hernandez
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Black skin is dead skin! Necrotic Skin! So go back to your doctor for evaluation !
Answered on Mar 29, 2017
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Dr. John Landi
46 years experience Phlebology
Necrotic tissue: Black edges on a wound ulcer usually indicate necrotic (dead) tissue. This tissue requires removal (debridement) so as to get to healthy tissue. Once healthy tissue is reached the chances of healing improves. If black tissue is removed and new black tissue forms then this could indicate poor circulation or even infection. If you have a venous ulcer then you should see a vein specialist.
Answered on Dec 27, 2018

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