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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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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

Gangrene is the natural end outcome for irreversible tissue ischemia, characterized by tissue infarction, liquefactive or dry necrosis, and infection with multiple bacterial organisms. Usually a result of loss of arterial oxygenated blood ...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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Are there any natural remedies for gangrene in a diabetic?

Are there any natural remedies for gangrene in a diabetic?

See a specialist!: This is not a condition that should be taken lightly and should be properly evaluated by a professional. Gangrene can rapidly beome infected and disseminate into sepsis. ...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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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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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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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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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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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