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Doctor insights on: Ayurvedic Treatment For Diabetic Gangrene

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Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
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Ayurveda (Definition)

Ayurveda programs follow the ancient Hindu science of medicine, and offer a holistic approach to health with the goal to help people live long, healthy, and well-balanced lives. The programs focus on the three basic energy types (doshas) found in every person, and work ...Read more


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What is the most recommended ointment to cure gangrene or ulcers on diabetic foot?

What is the most recommended ointment to cure gangrene or ulcers on diabetic foot?

No ointment: There is no cure for gangrene, it usually requires surgical debridement and correction of any underlying circulation abnormality that may be contributing. Diabetic ulcers in general are often treated with debridement, off-loading, and various ointments depending on the nature of the wound. ...Read more

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Why is hyperbaric oxygen treatment used for gangrene?

Why is hyperbaric oxygen treatment used for gangrene?

Gas Gangrene: Clostridia bacteria causes gas gangrene. It normally grows in low oxygen. High pressure oxygen can prevent it from reproducing. This in turns leads to less toxins ; stopping it's spread. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for gangrene?

What is the treatment for gangrene?

Depending on locatio: May need to be removed, cut out, amputated to tissue that is healthy. ...Read more

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My mom has develop dry gangrene in toe nails with heavy pain and she could sleep by laying on bed. She seats round the clock. Kindly advice treatment?

My mom has develop dry gangrene in toe nails with heavy pain and she could sleep by laying on bed. She seats round the clock. Kindly advice treatment?

Need vascular evalua: Sitting up improves blood flow- gangrene suggests insufficient blood supply. Do not wait. The evaluation is simple and can determine critical arterial blockages. ...Read more

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The vascular surgeon told my mother she has early stages of gangrene in her foot. What is the treatment?

The vascular surgeon told my mother she has early stages of gangrene in her foot. What is the treatment?

Gangrene Treatment: If it is in the early stages, then the foot can usually be salvaged, but time is of the essence. The first steps would include assessing the arterial ciruculation of the leg w/ ultrasound, ct scan, or MRI of the arteries. This helps to determine the best treatment approach. Most common therapy: catheterization w/ angioplasty or stenting or surgical bypass of diseases arteries causing the gangrene. ...Read more

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What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal; do you get gangrene?

What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal; do you get gangrene?

Possibly: Or infection of the skin structures and bone can occur. See a wound specialist or a foot specialist that treats wounds. ...Read more

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A friends dad has gangrene in his toes. He's 78 & borderline diabetic. Dr said he'd amputate but that was months ago. I'm wondering how fast it spreads?

A friends dad has gangrene in his toes. He's 78 & borderline diabetic. Dr said he'd amputate but that was months ago. I'm wondering how fast it spreads?

Dry gangrene?: Hi. If your friend's Dad has dry gangrene, this is not due to infection (like gas or wet gangrene). Dry gangrene is simply due to no blood supply, and is not uncommon enough in diabetes. If it's dry gangrene, often the toes will autoamputate, which is safer than taking these vasculopathic patients to surgery. And if I had to guess, I'd say there's nothing "borderline" about his diabetes! ...Read more

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How fast does gangrene spread in a diabetic person?

How fast does gangrene spread in a diabetic person?

Variable: There are two types of gangrene. Wet gangrene is dead tissue with an infection and is an emergency because can lead to death. Dry gangrene is dead tissue from no blood flow without infection. This typically spreads slowly - months. Your physician will try and stop the spread of gangrene by getting increased blood flow to the area of necrosis to stop the spread. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of gangrene in a diabetic?

Can you tell me the symptoms of gangrene in a diabetic?

Pain / discoloration: Gangrene develops when the tissues die due to loss of blood flow the first sign is discoloration. The tissue first looks mottled then pale before slowly turning darker and darker until completely black. This is typically a painful process. However diabetic patients with neuropathy may have less pain. ...Read more

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Why do Diabetic patients develop gangrene in foot?

Why do Diabetic patients develop gangrene in foot?

Ischemia: Blockage of small arteries cutting off blood supply by the diabetic process (intracapillary inflammation) ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some good alternatives for diabetes-based foot gangrene if the weak ointment that the doctor gives isn't working?

I was wondering what are some good alternatives for diabetes-based foot gangrene if the weak ointment that the doctor gives isn't working?

Requires debridemt: Gangrene cannot be treated with ointment. It requires careful removal of dead tissues (debridement) to get to areas with circulation. Important to use leg elevation, compressive stockings, etc in order to reduce leg edema (swelling) which worsens circulation needed to heal. Some are using biocellular injection treatments along with surgery to improve blood supply and healing ability. Reduces recur. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why diabetes causes gangrene?

Can you please tell me why diabetes causes gangrene?

Multiple factors: Gangrene or tissue death (necrosis) can occur when there is insufficient blood flow to tissues. Both the larger blood vessels and the smallest vessels are affected by diabetes. Also, neuropathy due to the effect of diabetes on nerves can lead to loss of protective sensation making tissues more susceptible to trauma which can lead to tissue loss. ...Read more

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What happens if a type 2 diabetic with gangrene refuses amputation?

What happens if a type 2 diabetic with gangrene refuses amputation?

Wet or dry: If it is wet gangrene (infected) it can cause sepsis and death. If it is dry gangrene, it can be monitored closely and you can live with it as long as it doesn't convert to wet gangrene. Gangrene is dead tissue, bacteria loves dead tissue- so dry gangrene is a nidus for infection. Talk with your doctors to help weigh the specific risks, benefits, consequences and overall prognosis. ...Read more

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Can gangrene set in after a leg operation in a diabetic?

Can gangrene set in after a leg operation in a diabetic?

Yes: Yes. If there are still blockages in the arteries at the level of the amputation, it is still possible to develop gangrene. ...Read more

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Are poor circulation and dry gangrene associated with diabetes?

Are poor circulation and dry gangrene associated with diabetes?

Yes: Diabetes is one of the major causes for atherosclerosis which can affect lower extremities and if left untreated will lead to severe occlusions and gangrene. ...Read more

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Diabetes results in increased rates of atherosclerosis, neuropathies, blindness, and gangrene? Why?

Diabetes results in increased rates of atherosclerosis, neuropathies, blindness, and gangrene? Why?

Good question: It is thought that the high levels of glucose cause damage to the nerves and the lining of the blood vessels. Nerve damage causes peripheral numbness and vascular damage causes poor circulation. Both contribute to problems with healing, open wounds, infections and gangrene. Blindness has to do with vessel injury, and can be slowed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Does hitting your foot way too hard cause you to get gangrene if you're diabetic?

Does hitting your foot way too hard cause you to get gangrene if you're diabetic?

Neuropathy?: Diabetics have poor healing potential, and coupled with neuropathy (numbness or funny sensations in your feet), it predisposes you to ulceration or infection. Gangrene may occur due to infection, or lack of blood flow. See your podiatrist immediately if you're concerned. ...Read more

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Why do so many diabetes people who have lost a limb to gangrene die within a few years?

Why do so many diabetes people who have lost a limb to gangrene die within a few years?

Poor control: Diabetes produces accelerated peripheral vascular disease and neuropathy, in addition to kidney failure as end stages of prolonged and inadequately managed disease. When it gets to the stage where it produces such changes, loss of a limb is only one manifestation of the state of your body with long-standing diabetes. ...Read more

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How long does it take for gangrene to develop in a leg after a gunshot in a diabetic person?

How long does it take for gangrene to develop in a leg after a gunshot in a diabetic person?

Diabetes: It is not typical for gangrene to develop with most GSWs. Diabetics are at higher risk due to poor circulation on a capillary level. Dead tissue or certain aggressive bacteria can lead to gangrene. And this can be with Hours to days to weeks. Follow with a surgeon experienced in GSWs to avoid developing it in the first place ...Read more

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How to know if I at risk of getting gangrene if I'm a borderline diabetic and a smoker?

How to know if I at risk of getting gangrene if I'm a borderline diabetic and a smoker?

Symptoms: Short of trowing an embolism, gangrene occurs well after symptoms have been present for some time. Diabetes makes it more likely to develop peripheral arterial disease, but does not mean you have to. Smoking, however, dose go a long way to making existing disease more of an issue. If you don't have symptoms, stop smoking before you do. ...Read more

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Diabetic Lower limb amputation because of gangrene 3 weeks later skin getting black around wound? Is gangerene stil there? What's the reason?

Diabetic Lower limb amputation because of gangrene 3 weeks later skin getting black around wound? Is gangerene stil there? What's the reason?

Probably: Blackening skin is, by definition, gangrene. Low blood flow or infection is usually the cause. If it is relatively localized and superficial it may eventually heal on its own. If it is deeper, it may require higher level amputation. Your surgeon will be able to tell. ...Read more

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I am A type 2 diabetic of my right foot on my big toe it is very swollen and hurts alot I'm wondering if it is possible that I could develop gangrene?

I am A type 2 diabetic of my right foot on my big toe it is very swollen and hurts alot I'm wondering if it is possible that I could develop gangrene?

Try not to get: Yourself worked up as this will only raise your sugar levels. I would not jump to conclusion of an gangrene but I would seek immediate help and if its the weekend then you go to hospital ER. Diabetic foot infections are serious. Now, it may or may not be an infection as gout, or say fracture are possibilities as well. But, have it evaluated now. Good luck. ...Read more

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About how fast does gangrene travel in a uncontrolled type 2 diabetic?

About how fast does gangrene travel in a uncontrolled type 2 diabetic?

It depends: It depends on a number of factors such as what type of organism, how advanced is the diabetes, what's the general condition of the patient. Etc. ...Read more

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Male, age 25, no diabetes, got fourier's gangrene 2 months back, underwent a surgery. He is fully cured now. Is there a chance for it to return in future?

Male, age 25, no diabetes, got fourier's gangrene 2 months back, underwent a surgery. He is fully cured now. Is there a chance for it to return in future?

Hygiene: This infection is a problem combined with hygiene and immune function. Those who have diabetes and other problems that can inhibit healing are subject to this infection. It also usually occurs with minor trauma such as a scratch from a zipper, or other sharp object. ...Read more

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I'm having bad circulation in my legs and diabetes is causing my toe to become black. Will gangrene spread?

I'm having bad circulation in my legs and diabetes is causing my toe to become black. Will gangrene spread?

Depends: Gangrene is not like an infection that spreads on its own. It develops when tissue dies from poor circulation. The best way to check if the gangrene is going to progress is to evaluate the blood flow to the foot. This can be done with an arterial ultrasound. ...Read more

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If someone is diabetic and needs a toe amputation due to gangrene, is the doctor suppose to use general anesthesia?

If someone is diabetic and needs a toe amputation due to gangrene, is the doctor suppose to use general anesthesia?

Not neccesarilyNot: If the patient suffers from neuropathy, they may not require any anesthesia. Local anesthesia could be sufficient as well. General is certainly not mandatory. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

A medical term describing the death of body tissue ...Read more