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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


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Is using iodine on a diabetic ulcers safe?

Is using iodine on a diabetic ulcers safe?

Slows healing: With the exception of cadexomer iodine (iodoflex) all other forms of iodine and betadine (povidone-iodine) solutions should be kept out of wounds as it is toxic to healing tissue. Cadexomer iodine is one of many possible options for treating diabetic ulcers.

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What can I do to treat a diabetic ulcer?

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

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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.

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What kind of pain medication would be best to relieve the pain from a diabetic ulcer?

Coordinated Care: The best therapy would be the involvement of wound care, infectious disease and possibly pain management. There is no one good drug. You may require medication for diabetic neuropathy as well as standard pain medication. A full evaluation will determine that.

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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.

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What is the definition or description of: Diabetic ulcers?

What is the definition or description of: Diabetic ulcers?

Wound: Wound on lower extremity in a patient with diabetes as the skin integrity is lacking May be associated with vascular disease If concerned about bacteria in wound usually there are more than one bacteria at play Often cuts as a result of the walking surface of the foot doesn't hit the ground straight

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Please let me know if there is a such thing as diabetic ulcers?

Absolutely: Diabetic ulcers are typically seen on the feet and not in the stomach if that's what you're thinking.

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Is there a use of honey in diabetic ulcers?

Honey and DM: Honey is one of 4000 wound care products. It can be helpful in some patients with some wounds; it is not a panacea; it will not be helpful to many patients; it should not replace careful observation by trained health professionals; it should not be used without clinicians observing the wound.

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What to do if I'm always starving! Diabetes or ulcer?

What to do if I'm always starving! Diabetes or ulcer?

SEE MD: If Diabetes, means sugars poorly controlled good MD can diagnose cause!!

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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.

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What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal; do you get gangrene?

What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal; do you get gangrene?

Possibly: Or infection of the skin structures and bone can occur. See a wound specialist or a foot specialist that treats wounds.

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Can you tell me if there are any natural ways of increasing circulation to help with diabetic ulcers?

Can you tell me if there are any natural ways of increasing circulation to help with diabetic ulcers?

Limited: The only natural way of increasing circulation is by exercising the part of the body involved, usually your legs. This would have to be done under close supervision of your doctor because the exercise can be very bad for you if done to excess. Following a diet routine that will help unclog the arteries involved would also be helpful.

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How should you dress a diabetic leg ulcer?

Diabetic ulcer: What you dress a wound with has to do with the location of the wound, the amount of fluid coming off of a wound, where in the timeline of the healing, cost of the products (there are always choices), ease of placing those products, availability of home health, etc...

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Can mercurochrome be used for diabetic ulcers?

Mercurochrome: Is obsolete - there are many better products available now for wound care, including diabetic ulcers. See a wound care expert for a recommendation.

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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.

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If I have a foot ulcer, do I have diabetes?

If I have a foot ulcer, do I have diabetes?

No: There are many causes of foot ulcers, pressure, ischemia, diabetes, and other conditions. I would certainly get checked for all of these.

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What kind of condition is diabetic skin ulcers?

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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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