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Doctor insights on: Home Remedies For Skin Ulcers

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Dr. Joseph Eastern Dr. Eastern
Dermatology
40 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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I have skin ulcers on my breast. What is the best treatment?

I have skin ulcers on my breast. What is the best treatment?

Depends on the cause: Most of the items in the large differential already posted are possibilities; but the point is that we need more information. What sort of ulcers? How long have they been present? What part of the breast are they on? Are they painful, itchy, both, neither? Your best option is to see a dermatologist for culture, biopsy, or other testing that the doctor will determine is necessary after examination.

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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


Dr. Mathew John Dr. John
Podiatry
19 years in practice
Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School
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Anyone know any natural remedies to heal diabetic skin ulcers?

Anyone know any natural remedies to heal diabetic skin ulcers?

Honey!: Manuka honey has been used as a natural remedy for diabetic ulcers and has shown in clinical studies to have antibacterial properties. Of course with any diabetic ulcer you should consult with your doctor prior to any self treatment. Diabetic ulcers can become serious and can lead to amputation if not treated properly.

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Dr. Jerome Litt Dr. Litt
Dermatology
67 years in practice
Rosalind Franklin University - Chicago Medical School
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What do skin ulcers look like?

What do skin ulcers look like?

SKIN ULCERS: SKIN ULCERS LOOK LIKE LITTLE SAUCER-LIKE DEPRESSIONS IN THE SKIN. OFTEN FOLLOWS SEVERE ACNE

David Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
6 years in practice
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
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What does it mean if I have skin ulcers?

What does it mean if I have skin ulcers?

Impaired circulation: Skin ulcers are typically caused by impaired circulation. This can happen as a result of pressure, as in bed-sores and diabetic foot ulcers, or from peripheral artery disease. They are often painless which can be deceiving as we tend to take painless things less seriously. They are always important to treat, however, as they can easily become infected and then cause major problems.

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Dr. Latisha Smith Dr. Smith
Wound care
34 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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What causes skin ulcers that won't heal?

What causes skin ulcers that won't heal?

Many things: The skin is a complex organ. When skin does not heal it suggests something is missing in the pathways that the skin takes from break down to being healed. Most commonly seen are high glucose from poorly treated diabetes, low blood proteins in malnourished patients, and low oxygen in patietns with perpheral artery disease, excessive bacterial colonization leading to infection and skin cancer.

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher Dr. Mosher
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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How much should I worry about skin ulcers?

How much should I worry about skin ulcers?

A lot: Skin ulcers if left untreated can lead to infection, loss of muscle, and even deep infection of the underlying bone. Ulcers are usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition that may require treatment such as diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. They may also be present in people with diminished sensation, poor mobility, or poor nutrition.

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Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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What are the most common causes of skin ulcers?

What are the most common causes of skin ulcers?

Diabetes, varicose v: Diabetes is the most common cause of foot ulcers and varicose veins of ulcers on the ankles or lower legs. Both need to be treated to prevent infection.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Could it be something bad if I have skin ulcers?

Could it be something bad if I have skin ulcers?

Yes: Skin ulcer may be due to diabetes, vascular insufficiency, infection, cancer. Seek care if it is a non-healing ulcer.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: Skin ulcers?

Skin ulcers: Skin ulcers is a sore of the outermost tissue covering the body.

Dr. Kenneth Cheng Dr. Cheng
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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My wife thinks I should see someone for my skin ulcers. Should i?

My wife thinks I should see someone for my skin ulcers. Should i?

What's the harm?: Unless you are certain as to the cause of your skin ulcers, it is wise to seek a doctor to provide you with a diagnosis from a trained individual. It is wiser yet to listen to your wife.

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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If I have hard bumbs under my skin, do you think that they are skin ulcers?

If I have hard bumbs under my skin, do you think that they are skin ulcers?

Possibly: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you.

Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get skin ulcers? Is he right?

My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get skin ulcers? Is he right?

Yes: You need to be checked to determine cause of ulcers- diabetes? Other infectious disease? See primary md for evaluation and blood tests.

Dr. Latisha Smith Dr. Smith
Wound care
34 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for skin ulcers?

Yes, always: Causes of skin ulcesr range from benign, due to scratching, to very serious such as peripheral artery disease (pad). If you have an ulcer that does not heal in 2 weeks you should always see a doctor. There is often an underlying cause that needs treatment-such as infection or poor circulation before the ulcer will heal. Ulcers due to pad if left untreated can result in amputation of affected limb.

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Dr. Scott Bolhack Dr. Bolhack
Wound care
31 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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What kind of condition is diabetic skin ulcers?

Diabetic skin ulcers: Diabetics can have different kinds of ulcerations. They can get neuropathic ulcerations due to nerve damage. They can get ulcerations from arterial disease due to advanced plaque formation in arteries. They are also more prone to pressure and may develop ulcerations from pressure. Diabetics can even have venous disease and develop ulcerations from this also. A wound care expert can evaluate.

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Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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How come glutamine helps in healing skin ulcers?

How come glutamine helps in healing skin ulcers?

Protein: Glutamine is an Amino Acid and it is abiding block of protein. Any help in healing would be as a supplement to rebuilding tissue in someone with a poor nutritional staid. The physical factors in the causation of ulcer must be addresses to heal and prevent recurrence of ulcers.

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Dr. Latisha Smith Dr. Smith
Wound care
34 years in practice
Hahnemann Medical College
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Has honey been used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Has honey been used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Yes for centuries: They have uncovered egyptian papyruses from 4000 b.C. That show they used honey in combination with other agents as wound treatment. In modern times manuka honey has been made sterile and packaged for medical use for chronic ulcers. The manuka honey differs from regular table honey only in the type of flower the bees feed on to produce the honey.

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Dr. Oliver Aalami Dr. Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
19 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Can liquid honey be used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Can liquid honey be used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Yes: Yes, honey has anti microbial properties and has been used for topical wound care of leg and decubitus ulcers. Only sterilized labratory tested honey should be used.

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Dr. Susan Rhoads Dr. Rhoads
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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What can cause skin ulcers on and under breast and smeel like rotted flesh?

Infection.: That can be a sign of a serious infection. Please see a doc today.

Dr. Steven Arbit Dr. Arbit
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
29 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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How long can I wait with skin ulcers to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with skin ulcers to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Not long: I see this question was posted over a week ago. If you still have ulcers, go see a doctor.

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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


Skin Sores (Definition)

Skin sores come in different shapes; some could be papules (like pimples), some like an ulcers, and some containing pus, depending on the type of bacteria, fungus, virus, or parasites ...Read more