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Can you explain the difference between dry and wet gangrene?

Can you explain the difference between dry and wet gangrene?

Infected or not: Dry gangrene is like a piece of leather and does not need immediate treatment. When dry gangrene progresses to being infected then we call it wet and this needs immediate treatment. Gangrene is considered wet when there is drainage, cellulitis or a foul odor. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

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


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With wet gangrene is surgical intervention always necessary?

With wet gangrene is surgical intervention always necessary?

Gangrene,: By its very nature, is dead tissue so that surgical intervention is needed especially in so-called wet gangrene. ...Read more

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How long does it take for wet gangrene to turn into sepsis?

How long does it take for wet gangrene to turn into sepsis?

It depends: It depends on the location and the size or volume of the wet gangrene. and the treatment provided. If it is on a toe, it may take a while. If it is most of the leg, it won't take as long. ...Read more

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I'm Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

I'm Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

Yes but: In general yes, depend do you have an open wound or the wound is closed and you want to speed up the healing because of your diabetes, actually honey dressing have been very popular for wound healing.
It is always better to check with the surgeons that performed the surgery to make sure that there is no objection. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between gangrene and gout?

I want to know what is the difference between gangrene and gout?

Two completely: Different diseases. Gangrene is not enough blood flow. Gout is excessive uric acid that cystalizes in joint. Treatment is also completely different. Get to a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the clinical difference between necrotizing fasciitis and gas gangrene?

What is the clinical difference between necrotizing fasciitis and gas gangrene?

The bacteria: Gas gangrene is a bacteria that produces gas under the skin. The skin feels like in has bubbles under it. Necrtizing fascitis can be gas gangrene or some other bacteria that doesn't produce gas. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between necrotizing facsiitis and gas gangrene?

Pretty much the same: "Gas gangrene" tends to refer to one specific bacteria (Clostridium perfringens) which may be part of many bacteria causing necrotizing fasciitis. Both are bad and require swift, extensive, and often disfiguring surgery to save people's lives. ...Read more

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What is dry gangrene? Is there wet form too?

What is dry gangrene? Is there wet form too?

Dead tissue: Dry gangrene refers to dead (necrotic) tissue that is not infected with microbes. The area may look black with a red, painful, warm border. Wet gangrene is moist, necrotic tissue that is infected with a variety of microbes that can produce nasty smelling gasses. Of course, wet gangrene is worse than dry. ...Read more

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How long does it take for gangrene to go from dry to wet to septic shock to death?

How long does it take for gangrene to go from dry to wet to septic shock to death?

There is no set time: ...& can vary from hours to never. Gangrenous tissue should be surgically removed as soon as it is medically safe to do so (i.e., when anesthesia, if needed, can be tolerated) and something can be done to protect the raw tissue that's left behind- unless infection has already started in which case it's even more urgent and no longer as important to worry about covering the raw tissue right away. ...Read more

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What are the differences between inflammation and gangrene?

What are the differences between inflammation and gangrene?

Blood flow: inflammation is a normal response to an injury or infection, causing redness, soreness, warmth, and swelling. Now, gangrene is a condition wherein the blood supply to an area is inadequate, perhaps caused by severe inflammation, and the tissue actually dies, turning dark or black, and will not normalize. The tissue will slough or have to be excised. I hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the differences between infarction and gangrene?

What are the differences between infarction and gangrene?

Good question: When blood supply is interrupted the segment tissue that receives blood will die scar tissue will fill the gap as seen in heart attach myocardial infraction. (heart attack), in gangrene initial stages same tissue necrosis or death tissue occurs, then get infected as seen in lower extremities and bowel etc. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy for someone with untreated dry gangrene?

What is the average life expectancy for someone with untreated dry gangrene?

Depends: Dry gangrene is a reflection of artheriosclerosis, this entity involves the vessels of the body including heart and brain. A major cardiac event or a stroke usually is seen. This will shorten life expectancy ...Read more

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If you have dry gangrene in your toe is it safe to let the toe fall off on its own?

If you have dry gangrene in your toe is it safe to let the toe fall off on its own?

No: Need treatment because it would lead to more serious infection and possible loss of foot or leg. ...Read more

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I have dry gangrene on my both palms and both feet soles what medicine I should take?

I have dry gangrene on my both palms and both feet soles what medicine I should take?

See a doctor: True gangrene is a result of a serious bacterial infection. What is the reason for both palms and soles to be affected? You need to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Is dry gangrene treatable?

No treatment: Dry gangrene by definition is dead tissue. If it is dry you can allow it to seperate and fall off depending on where it is. The most important issue is why it happened and how to prevent it from recurring. The body will heal the living tissue and the gangrene will fall off like a scab. ...Read more

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If circulation is caught early, can dry gangrene be prevented or not?

If circulation is caught early, can dry gangrene be prevented or not?

Risk can be lowered: Signs of peripheral artery disease (pad) are: pain in the calf muscle with walking that is relieved with rest, pain in the foot at nighttime that improves with standing, and poorly healing foot or ankle wounds. Diagnosing pad, determining the severity of disease, and treating it appropriately (risk factor management and/or intervention) can help lessen the risk of developing 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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Can high amounts of allopathic drugs induce dry gangrene?

Can high amounts of allopathic drugs induce dry gangrene?

Possible: If those meds produce constriction of the blood vessels (like nicotine in cigarettes) then yes it could happen. ...Read more

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Why is hemoglobin concentration increased in dry gangrene?

Why is hemoglobin concentration increased in dry gangrene?

Chronic hypoxia: Compromised circulation resulting in chronic hypoxia. Elevated HGB associated with increased risk for complications. ...Read more

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How long does it take for dry gangrene to develop after an infection? What symptoms should I look for?

How long does it take for dry gangrene to develop after an infection? What symptoms should I look for?

If you have: Infection get it treated, don't wait to develop dry gangrene, which also do not develop at your age of 23 due to infection, is seen in elderly due to circulation problems not due to infection. See your doctor. ...Read more

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If a person has dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

If a person has dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

Varying opinions: You will hear different opinions on this. If it were my toe, I would have it surgically amputated. That tissue is dead, so a secondary/emerging infection is possible and this can spread rapidly. I personally think the risk of that versus the risk of having surgery is greater. ...Read more

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Supposing you have dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

Supposing you have dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

Only if this is: Advice after seeing a vascular surgeon and or podiatrist. You need to assess the vascular flow tot he foot. If it is bad and you keep waiting you can lose more of your foot potentially. ...Read more

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Is dry gangrene a bacterial infection?

No: But a severe bacterial infection can cause it. Dry gangrene is when tissue dies as a result of lack of blood supply or severe infection or trauma. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for dry gangrene for an elderly, very sick hospital patient?

Is there a cure for dry gangrene for an elderly, very sick hospital patient?

No good tx.: When the patient is not a candidate for any revascularization (bypass, stents, endarterectomy' etc.) the only treatment left is amputation of the affected area. Hyperbaric oxygen may delay the process. Leeches may improve the microscopic circulation up to a point ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat dry gangrene without surgery of foot to kidney patient?

Is it possible to treat dry gangrene without surgery of foot to kidney patient?

Possibly: But probably not. You need vascular studies to see where
the blockage of blood flow is, and take it from there. One must be vigilant for ascending infections when gangrene is present. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a small patch of dry gangrene to fall off pinky toe?

How long should it take for a small patch of dry gangrene to fall off pinky toe?

Dry gangrene: A small patch of gangrene should self destruct on 3. -4 weeks first the scab had slowly loosen and fall off and then self heal. ...Read more