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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a doctor!: Could be due to diabetic neuropathy, or numbness in the feet due to diabetes which often starts out painful. If your feet are already numb and you are having breakthrough pain it could be something more serious and should be seen by a podiatrist asap. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Miracles: Well, maybe not visible ones. The doctor will examine your skin for any cuts, nail problems or growths, evaluate your circulation, test your sensation and muscle strength. He or she will also educate you on proper foot care, the importance of daily foot inspections and well fitting shoes. If you are diabetic and have not been to a podiatrist you should go as soon as you can. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hopefully, not much: Diabetic foot wounds if not healed can lead to life-threatening infections. This can lead to amputation or death as worse case scenarios. Good control of blood sugars, adequate nutrition, good wound care and compliance with doctor's instructions can reduce one's risk of serious complication. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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