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Doctor insights on: Is Mercurochrome A Good Diabetic Foot Antiseptic

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Is mercurochrome a good diabetic foot antiseptic?

Is mercurochrome a good diabetic foot antiseptic?

Not Safe: The FDA pulled mercurochrome off of the market in 1998 due to the potentially unsafe levels of mercury in the product. It is an effective antiseptic but due to its discoloration of the skin, it makes it impossible to decide if there is an infectious process occurring during observation. If you still have the product purchased in the USA, then it is very old and needs to be discarded. Seek help! ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Diabetic Foot (Definition)

A diabetic foot is a simply the foot of a person with diabetes. Because of the nature of diabetes, a diabetic foot has certain risk factors that make observing and practicing good ...Read more


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Is salt a good solution for diabetic foot ulcers?

Is salt a good solution for diabetic foot ulcers?

No: Salt solutions such as saline is physiologic to the human body, but pure salt water solution in high concentrations is detrimental to wound healing. ...Read more

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What does a diabetic foot look like?

What does a diabetic foot look like?

Normal or abnormal: A diabetic foot may loot completely normal, or it may have skin color changes due to poor circulation. Diabetics also may commonly have an increased risk of developing digital contractures. The presence of neuropathy is also a main contributor to the development of ulceration. ...Read more

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How can I take care of diabetic foot?

How can I take care of diabetic foot?

See a Podiatrist: See a Podiatrist every 3-6 months, he/she will advise you with the rest. ...Read more

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Sores on diabetic foot - how to deal with them?

Sores on diabetic foot - how to deal with them?

Multiple factors: Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing. ...Read more

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I have diabetic foot and I am going to go on a long flight what should I do?

I have diabetic foot and I am going to go on a long flight what should I do?

When sitting: Perform some foot and ankle excercises, make sure to get up and walk around every so often (at least once per hour.) you can wear compression socks if your circulation is fine in the legs. ...Read more

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Diabetic foot sores: are they contagious?

Diabetic foot sores: are they contagious?

No: They are typically present from too much pressure in an area or poor blood flow. See a foot specialist to help resolve them ...Read more

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What are some herbal medicines for wounded diabetic foot?

What are some herbal medicines for wounded diabetic foot?

None whatsoever: Diabetic foot wounds are incredibly serious conditions that can put your limb and life at risk. Don't fool around with herbal "cures." you should, if you're not already, be under the care of a team of doctors for this, including an endocrinologist, podiatrist, vascular surgeon, nutritionist, cde, pedorthist and possibly even an orthopedist and neurologist. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects for not treating a diabetic foot puncture?

Are there any side effects for not treating a diabetic foot puncture?

Infection.: Diabetics don't heal nearly as well as non-diabetics, so even a very straight-forward puncture wound can become infected and cause major problems. See your podiatrist for wound care. ...Read more

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Diabetic foot pain, do creams work?

Diabetic foot pain, do creams work?

Neuropathy pain: Often times diabetic peripheral neuropathy causes burning, tingling, and even shooting pains. Nighttime is usually most severe. First step in treatment is blood glucose control. Topical creams and gels have shown positive results. Keep in mind that the cause of nerve injury in diabetes is unknown, therefore, treatment is not specific. Your physicians should be able to provide guidance. ...Read more

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Is diabetic foot numbness reversible?

Is diabetic foot numbness reversible?

Numb Diabetic Feet: We have found in our podiatry clinic that there is a lot of variability in levels of severity of diabetic neuropathy and symptoms also vary but mostly early symptoms of numbness, stabbing, burning, tingling and electric shocks that are recurrent when resting seem to be correlating with fasting blood sugar levels. Symptoms are less when patients have good sugar control; you should strive for this. ...Read more

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What to do when a diabetic foot is in sort of numb and feels weird?

What to do when a diabetic foot is in sort of numb and feels weird?

Multiple factors: Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage and therefore can never be 100% restored. To improve and prevent further deterioration diet and exercise is the key. Keep blood sugars under control. Stop smoking (affects circulation to nerves) limit alcohol use which destroys nerves. Vit. B may levels should be checked and supplemented as required. Narcotics will mask the symptoms but won’t resolve the issue. ...Read more

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What specialist should I see for my diabetic foot infections?

What specialist should I see for my diabetic foot infections?

Referral from PCP: Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing using evidenced based medicine. My advice is to go to my nearest wound care center first after talking to your pcp. ...Read more

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What treatments are there if I have MRSA and diabetic foot wounds?

What treatments are there if I have MRSA and diabetic foot wounds?

See a physician: All diabetic wounds should be monitored on a regular basis by a medical professional; doubly so with a history of mrsa. You want to ensure that these do not become infected to the soft tissue or the bone (s). A wound specialist will tailor treatment specific to you and your wound and your health status. ...Read more

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How can diabetic foot infections be prevented?

How can diabetic foot infections be prevented?

Multiple factors: Controlling blood sugars to prevent complications. Looking for calluses which are signs of areas with increased pressure. Avoid trauma by protecting your feet and never go barefoot. Check your feet daily. Study conducted by duke university researchers found that medicare-eligible patients with diabetes were less likely to experience lower-extremity amputations if seen by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What do podiatrists do for routine diabetic foot care?

Routine foot care: Trimming toenails and calluses safely. Relieving pressure points with custom molded orthotics and/or custom molded shoes. ...Read more

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When should diabetic foot patients be referred to vascular surgery?

Any vascular concern: If there is a concern about circulation that may affect healing, have a vascular evaluation. Not all diabetics have vascular problems that require treatment. This can always change. Having a good, diabetic foot evaluation yearly to check for concerns. Dr l. ...Read more

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What is the most recommended ointment to cure gangrene or ulcers on diabetic foot?

What is the most recommended ointment to cure gangrene or ulcers on diabetic foot?

No ointment: There is no cure for gangrene, it usually requires surgical debridement and correction of any underlying circulation abnormality that may be contributing. Diabetic ulcers in general are often treated with debridement, off-loading, and various ointments depending on the nature of the wound. ...Read more

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What to do when a diabetic foot is in pain? Tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't seem to help.

What to do when a diabetic foot is in pain? Tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't seem to help.

See a doctor: Diabetic foot pain can be due to a variety of causes, which can include nerve-related pain; unrecognized injury; poor circulation; charcot arthropathy, etc. However, with a diabetic foot, it is crucial to see a doctor to determine the cause of the pain to make sure that it is not something serious that requires immediate attention. There are also prescription medications that can help. ...Read more

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