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Can a person lose his leg if he has a venous ulcer and it gets infected?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely to lose a leg from a venous ulcer. They are very painful and cause significant discoloration of the ankles. You are far more likely to require an amputation from an arterial ulcer. The best way to treat an infected venous ulcer is with antibiotics and compression dressings. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


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I have a infected, venous ulcer on the bottom inside leg, just above my ankle. What treatments are there?

I have a infected, venous ulcer on the bottom inside leg, just above my ankle. What treatments are there?

Compression: The most important point here is compression. Infection will keep coming back unless you compress the leg, reduce the edema, and allow the ulcer to heal. Obviously abx to rid the infection first. ...Read more

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2cm ulcer on middle, front lower leg. Swollen leg, red around wound. Does heal! looks like venous ulcer. But gp says ezcema. And he knows best right?

2cm ulcer on middle, front lower leg. Swollen leg, red around wound. Does heal! looks like venous ulcer. But gp says ezcema. And he knows best right?

See vein specialist: Leg ulcers are often caused by chronic venous insufficiency which is a problem that causes to much pressure to be in the veins near the skin. A venous specialist can diagnose and treat this condition. Our cure rate with venous ulcers is 97%. If it is infected I would recommend seeing a physician ASAP as these infections can progress quickly due to poor circulation. ...Read more

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My mate as an open wound on his leg its a leg ulcer. How would i know if its infected?

My mate as an open wound on his leg its a leg ulcer. How would i know if its infected?

Red and warm: If there is redness and warmth around the wound and you smell an odor it is probably infected. That being said they should be seen by a physician so that they can get on antibiotics. ...Read more

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Could medical leech therapy help someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

Could medical leech therapy help someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

Leeches leg ulcers: Leeches can be effective when an area has venous congestion; the leeches withdraw the blood from the congested area. Medicinal leeches are different than those obtained elsewhere. There are no studies of value showing that they help with infection. ...Read more

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Is medical leech therapy effective for someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

Is medical leech therapy effective for someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

For dead tissue only: Maggot therapy removes necrotic (dead) tissue from wounds and stimulates healing as well as removing a possible source of infection. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal help for pain with venous ulcer?

Are there any herbal help for pain with venous ulcer?

Vein ulcers: There are limited studies showing whether any supplements help with this disease process. There is some positive literature concerning horse chestnut seed extract. While this is available in healthfood stores, the production (and quality) cannot be guaranteed, making specfic recommendations for these supplements difficult as to brand and strength. Consult with your wound specialist. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the best dressing choice for a high exuding venous ulcer?

Can any doc tell me what's the best dressing choice for a high exuding venous ulcer?

See a vein specialis: Leg ulcers are caused by chronic venous insufficiency which is a problem that causes to much pressure to be in the veins near the skin. A venous specialist can diagnose and treat this condition. Our cure rate with venous ulcers is 97%. ...Read more

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Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more