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Is there an alternative treatment for venous leg ulcer?

Is there an alternative treatment for venous leg ulcer?

Not really: As drs. Schwartz and marquart said, the mainstay of treatment for venous leg ulcers is compression and treatment of the underlying venous insufficiency. Some medicines, especially trental, (pentoxifylline) or antibiotics, if there is an infection, have been shown to improve the effectiveness of compression but infections are actually rare and medication is not commonly needed. ...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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Mom have venous leg ulcer for past 5 yrs,not cured. Treatment changed from English medicine to Ayurveda.can she take English medicine immediately?

Mom have venous leg ulcer for past 5 yrs,not cured. Treatment changed from English medicine to Ayurveda.can she take English medicine immediately?

Treatment not Meds : Venous leg ulcers usually require external compression with special wraps (jobst stockings) , and leg elevation, possibly with water pills. The mechanical elevation and support is the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of a single leg ulcer in an much older man?

What is the treatment of a single leg ulcer in an much older man?

Depends: Leg ulcer can be a tip of the iceberg. The causes are many so the treatment varies greatly. In the elderly population, vascular disease (artery, vein, and lymphatics), infection, accident/pressure induced soft tissue injury, metabolic issues including diabetes makes healing difficult. Do not delay medical attention, some ulcer can get aggressive and cause big problem. ...Read more

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My dad is being given compression dressing for a leg ulcer it's not working at all... What other treatment could be explored. He is diabetic?

My dad is being given compression dressing for a leg ulcer it's not working at all... What other treatment could be explored. He is diabetic?

Wound care clinic: Hi. Take your Dad to a wound care clinic for specialized attention to the wound. They have a number of options. Also, it is of course critically important to make sure his diabetes control is excellent. Poor diabetes control impairs wound healing. ...Read more

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What are good treatment options for a gross leg ulcer?

What are good treatment options for a gross leg ulcer?

Various treatments: There are different types and causes of leg ulcers. It is best to se your doctor to discuss what is best for your particular problem. You need to be proactive and get aggressive with treatment. Dr l. ...Read more

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My wife has a bad venous leg ulcer & she was told by her doctor of this cream that is very expensive?

My wife has a bad venous leg ulcer & she was told by her doctor of this cream that is very expensive?

See a vein specialis: Leg ulcers are often caused by chronic venous insufficiency which is a problem that causes to much pressure to be in the veins near the skin. A venous specialist can diagnose and treat this condition. Our cure rate with venous ulcers is 97%. ...Read more

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If leg ulcer is found on the front of the leg aprox 10 CM from knee cap, could it still be a veneous ulcer? Unusual for my age? But what else?

If leg ulcer is found on the front of the leg aprox 10 CM from knee cap, could it still be a veneous ulcer? Unusual for my age? But what else?

Possibly: This is an unusual location but I have seen a few of these. Evaluation and treatment by a venous specialist would answer the question. ...Read more

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If a leg ulcer is on front of the leg and not on the inside could it be a venous leg ulcer? Also have an ulcer under my foot. I'm fit and healthy!

If a leg ulcer is on front of the leg and not on the inside could it be a venous leg ulcer? Also have an ulcer under my foot. I'm fit and healthy!

Healthy has many: Definitions. The ulcers are a concern and you need to be seen by a doctor. An ulcer on the bottom of the foot is of particular concern as it may be under a weight bearing region....Make sure your under medical care. The lesion on the leg may be venous no matter the location. The one on the bottom of the foot is likely not venous... ...Read more

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I have a venous leg ulcer it,s a large one and it has started to bleed heavily, what will cause this?

I have a venous leg ulcer it,s a large one and it has started to bleed heavily, what will cause this?

Bleeding vein ulcer: Venous ulcers are due to chronic venous insufficiency which leads to venous hypertension. The area around the ankle has the greatest pressure and the skin weakens and can then ulcerate. Blood vessels in that area can erode through the weakened skin and then bleed. If you have a venous ulcer then you need a full venous evaluation with a venous ultrasound. See a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Can you suddenly develop a venous leg ulcer without any previous symptoms of venous disease?

Yes: Sometimes there is an isolated incompetent venous perforator vein under an ulcer. It may have been there for years and in retrospect the patient may remember pain in the area after exercise. When the skin above it can no longer compensate for the increased pressure, an ulcer can form. ...Read more

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If I don't shower or clean a leg ulcer, will I lose my leg?

If I don't shower or clean a leg ulcer, will I lose my leg?

No: No. Factors which determine if you will lose your leg are, 1) how good / bad the circulation is, or 2) whether you have a deep wound infection which will not clear with just antibiotics alone. Showering and keeping wounds clean does help prevent infections. ...Read more

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What can be done for a leg ulcer that doesn't seem to stop weeping?

Weeping: This should be evaluated as soon as possible to determine the source Weeping may be lymph fluid which exits at the point and actually irritates the ulcer as the fluid burns ...Read more

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Can a person wear jeans if he has a leg ulcer, or will it be irritating?

Certainly: Yes. As long as the ulcer is covered and properly dressed, jeans can be worn. If you aren't already being seen by a wound clinic it is probably a good idea to do so. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly with a leg ulcer?

Is it safe to fly with a leg ulcer?

OK with precautions: If it is a venous ulcer, most likely at your age keeping swelling down with compression and getting up and walking the isle some, if you can get an exit row seat to stretch your legs out and exercise your ankle. If space get your leg up in empty seats too. For most other ulcer types pressure would not be good but be sure if it is draining you have plenty of fluid absorption. ...Read more

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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


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