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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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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. ...Read more

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What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal? Is it a permanent open wound?

What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal? Is it a permanent open wound?

Bone infection: If wounds do not heal there is an increased risk of serious wound infection of soft tissues, gangrene, and bone, osteomyelitis. ...Read more

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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. ...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 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. ...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 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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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!! ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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... ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What should or should not be eaten to hasten the healing of a diabetic leg ulcer?

What should or should not be eaten to hasten the healing of a diabetic leg ulcer?

Blood sugar: The most important nutritional factor in a patient with a diabetic ulcer is to maintain adequate protein intake as well as making certain to keep the blood sugars under control. ...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 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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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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How do diabetic ulcer start?

How do diabetic ulcer start?

Microvascular: Diabetes causes disease in the very tiny vessels blocking them and causing death of tissue which develops into ulcers! Good Diabetic control minimizes these changes!

Hope this helps

Dr Z ...Read more

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Can a diabetic ulcer heal by itself?

Can a diabetic ulcer heal by itself?

Yes: As long as there is enough blood flow (circulation) and the wound is protected and taken care of and there is no underlying infection of the surrounding bones, the chances of healing the ulcer are fairly good. Often the blood flow has to be improved, antibiotics are administered and protective footwear is worn. ...Read more

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Can exercise help heal a diabetic ulcer?

Can exercise help heal a diabetic ulcer?

Exercise diabeties: A diabetic ulcer is often on the bottom of feet so that exercise would not be what we encourage; quite the contrary, we spend great efforts with these types of ulcers to relieve pressure with casts and boots and special shoes. ...Read more

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What does diabetic ulcer look like in beginning?

Ulcer: Ulcer is breakdown in the skin which can be shallow at first then become deeper forming a whole. ...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