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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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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

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