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Can I Get Gangrene From Being Around It Or Touching An Infected Item
I have ingrown toenail (infected but no pus or blood) so im soaking my feet in vinegar. Now I have small black dot on skin near toenail. Gangrene?
Diabetes and Smoking: The two most common causes of peripheral arterial disease. Even in 2013, there is untreatable vascular disease, either due to limitations of medicine or patient non compliance. Don't smoke, stay active and healthy, and barring any congenital disease, the chance of developing gangrene is very low.
Possibly: The processes which produce gangrene imply the loss of nutrient blood supply to tissue thru infection triggered blood clots, frostbite, etc. As the skin begins to break down the open areas could be contaminated by tetanus spores & tetanus germs could contaminate that wound & produce tetanus. However, gangreen can exist without tetanus germs & have a variety of other germs that are just as deadly.See 2 more doctor answers
Many Reasons: Gangrene is just one of the many reasons amputations might be warranted. Other inidications are peripheral vascular disease that is resulting in poor limb perfusion (and ultimately gangrene). Infection to the bones or rapid progression of skin infection resulting in loss of the soft tissues. Trauma. Even a few nerve disorders can result in need for limb amputation.See 1 more doctor answer
In what way can you get gangrene when you don't smoke much at all and not diabetic. Are there any other ways of attracting it?
Loss blood supply: Gangrene, especially of the lower extremity is not uncommon. It is mainly the effect of loss of blood supply such as thrombosis or narrowing in femoral vessels of the leg. With severe infection one can destroy the local blood supply to a minor structure such as the toes which will become gangrenous.
No: Gangrene is destruction of tissue due to loss of blood supply. Elderly people with poor circulation to an extremity can start with localized gangrene in a small area of the foot. Unless corrected gangrene will progress. Diabetics have poor circulation and may develop areas of gangrene which is why control of blood sugar levels for them is important. Wounds rarely become gangrenous.
Serious infection: Gas gangrene occurs from certain types of invasive bacteria that either enter the skin through a wound, or less commonly intestinal organisms that could leak into tissues through a hole. These are rapidly serious invasive infections that do not occur very often. Can be more common in diabetes or other immune deficiency situations. Needs emergency aggressive antibiotic therapy and often surgery.
Not likely unless: You have inadequate blood circulation on your feet. But if you have diabetes or other condition that might impair healing, you might develop a serious staph infection. Make sure it is clean and keep it elevated if there is any swelling. If you develop any redness, see a doctor right away. Make sure you are up to date on tetanus immunization.See 2 more doctor answers
Several reasons: Gangrene is tissue death. Generally the cause is due to poor or disrupted blood supply due to cardiovascular disease (hardening of the arteries) or infection. Blood clots are also a cause. Gangrene can also be caused by external sources such as severe burns, both chemical and thermal (heat and cold (frostbite)). Certain conditions like diabetes, kidney failure, high cholesterol will increase risk.See 1 more doctor answer
Indirectly Yes: Peripheral vascular disease develops more likely in people who smoke, have diabetes and who are older. There are other factors, but of the top three, diabetes is the one which can be genetically transmitted. Smoking can be controlled. Consult your primary care physician to see if you are at risk for developing diabetes.See 1 more doctor answer
"Apples and Oranges": The cck-hida scan measures gallbladder emptying; it is used for people who do not have gallstones yet have gallbladder symptoms (biliary dykenisia). While there is a place for gallbladder surgery in this setting, this disease does not cause inflammation in the gallbladder--in fact, under the microscope, the gb looks entirely normal. Therefore, you need not worry about gangrene.See 2 more doctor answers
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