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How do you prevent leg ulcers for diabetics?

How do you prevent leg ulcers for diabetics?

Prevention: Diabetics often times develope dry skin which can cause the skin to become more fragile. Keep dry skin hydrated with a good moisturiser. Watch your diet, keep your blood sugar under good control, and follow up with your physician when recommended. ...Read more

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Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


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How do I prevent leg ulcers from diabetics?

Good habits. : Diabetics should get into the habit of checking their feet daily for changes. Keep them moisturized with good lotion rather than soaking (which can dry your feet out more, cause cracking and chapping), wear supportive, protective shoes at all times, and above all, keep strict control of your blood sugar. Controlling your blood sugar keeps your nerves healthy, and avoids ulcers and infections. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do I prevent leg ulcers for diabetics?

Can you tell me how do I prevent leg ulcers for diabetics?

Meticulous control: Diabetic leg/foot ulcers occur for several reasons: nerve damage, (wounds don't hurt initially), poor artery supply, poor healing from elevated blood sugars. There is no simple way to prevent them except meticulous control of diabetes and diligent monitoring. If you get a wound go directly to your diabetic doc. Delay in presenting to the doc causes lots of problems. Be well. ...Read more

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How do you prevent your leg ulcers from weeping?

How do you prevent your leg ulcers from weeping?

Compression therapy: Weeping is a very common problem with patients that have leg ulcers. The goal is to get the ulcer to heal. Compression therapy and aggressive wound care is the key. Once the ulcer heals however the compression therapy has to continue to prevent swelling of the legs. Otherwise the ulcer will simply come back. ...Read more

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How do you prevent leg varices?

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How do you prevent leg varices?

Choose different ...: Grandparents. Unfortunately, your only real way to prevent varices is to change your heredity. At least 80% of the reason why people get varicose veins in because they inherit the tendency. So if your parents have varicose veins, you are pretty well stuck. Wearing compression stockings, avoiding prolonged standing, and exercise helps, but if you have varices, treat them. ...Read more

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Why do diabetics get leg ulcers?

Why do diabetics get leg ulcers?

Diabetic leg ulcers: Diabetics get ulcer due to multiple causes including healing problems, nerve issues, circulation problems with the large and small arteries and pressure issues. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent leg ulcers from weeping?

What can I do to prevent leg ulcers from weeping?

Compression: Use compression stockings and dressings. This is critical. Elevate your legs as much as you can and walk. A vein specialist or phlebologist can treat you definitively. Use phlebology.Org for referral. ...Read more

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How do you help heal a leg ulcer?

How do you help  heal a  leg ulcer?

Leg ulcers.: An ulcer is an opening in the skin that looks like a hole. It can be large or small. Ulcers can be due to many reasons including diabetes, venous insufficiency and arterial insufficiency . The location of the ulcer often times suggest what the source of the ulcer is. Toe ulcers tend to be arterial or diabetic related and ankle ulcers tend to be venous. See a vascular surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How often do diabetic ulcers actually lead to amputation?

How often do diabetic ulcers actually lead to amputation?

Multiple factors: The lifetime risk used to be 15% of diabetics would develop an ulcer and of those 15% would go on to amputation but that number has been steadily increasing to 20-25% of ulcers lead to amputation. Multiple factors include infection, circulation, kidney status, and ability to take pressure off the area, sugar control just to name a few. ...Read more

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Do people who are taking insulin for diabetes get foot ulcers?

They sure can: It is more than whether you take Insulin or oral medications that makes the difference. It is more a consequence of having had diabetes for a prolonged period of time. While it can happen even with good control, it is more likely to happen with poor control of the blood sugar over time. The effects of diabetes on the circulation along with neuropathy and other changes makes one more prone. ...Read more

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How can you avoid diabetic ulcers?

How can you avoid diabetic ulcers?

Tight control: Tight control of your blood sugars and assuring excellent foot care are the best methods. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat a diabetic ulcer?

What can you do to treat a diabetic ulcer?

Simple treatment: Diabetes causes nerve injury.This means loss of sensation below the ankles.Foot deformity may occur. Poor sensation means injuries and problems advance before they are found and get worse quickly.Treatments include sugar control, keep the ulcer surface healthy and clean with debridements, moist wound dressings and absolutely keeping the ulcer away from any pressure. No antibiotics unless infected. ...Read more

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What is people do to prevent diabetes?

What is people do to prevent diabetes?

Diet/exercise: Since you can't control your parents or your age, the best way to avoid diabetes, particularly if you have a positive family history, is through diet and exercise. Stay lean and active and follow-up with your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you treat a diabetic ulcer most successfully?

How do you treat a diabetic ulcer most successfully?

Wound care. : Diabetic ulcers will generally heal if you offload the area (decrease direct pressure with an insert, or a wheelchair), have your doctor trim the callus and dead tissue away on a regular basis, and if the ulcer is infected, you may need oral or IV antibiotics, depending on the severity of the infection. ...Read more

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Why do diabetics get foot ulcers?

Why do diabetics get foot ulcers?

Diabetic ulcers: Diabetes causes a condition known as microangiopathy. This is the clogging of microscopic blood vessels that feed skin and sub-cutaneous tissues. Therefore, if there is any pressure point on the foot, the blood flow is essentially cut off and the skin breaks down as the skin cells die from lack of blood flow. ...Read more

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How often do I have to get up to prevent pressure ulcers?

How often do I have to get up to prevent pressure ulcers?

Constantly: There is no specific time recommendation but you should shift every few minutes. This applies to any pressure point not just the sacrum or the heels. ...Read more

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How do you prevent getting foot warts?

How do you prevent getting foot warts?

Good hygeine: Not going around with barefeet and good hygiene. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a diabetic ulcer?

What can I do to treat a diabetic ulcer?

You cannot treat : Without help often a team needed endocrinologist, podiatrist, vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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How do you treat a serious leg ulcer infection?

How do you treat a serious leg ulcer infection?

See below: If there is infection, then antibiotics will be needed. Depending on cause of ulcer, treatments are different. Many leg ulcers are due to venous issues and may require compression and intervention on the improperly working vein. Special dressings such as a boot of unna may help heal a leg ulcer. Foot ulcers my be due to poor arterial circulation and wont heal until circulation is improved. ...Read more

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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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Leg Ulcers (Definition)

An ulcer is essentially a breakdown in the normal layer of skin and can have a number of potential causes. A leg ulcer occurs in the lower extremity and can ...Read more