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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Leg Ulcers (Overview)

An ulcer is essentially a breakdown in the normal layer of skin and can have a number of potential causes. A leg ulcer occurs in the lower extremity and can be superficial or deep.


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Does anyone know the best way to treat leg ulcers?

Does anyone know the best way to treat leg ulcers?

Yes: Prevention is always best!
accurate diagnosis is critical.
Venous stasis -post phlebitic syndrome is cause of a large number.
Cure is possible but management and stabilizing is most common.
Vascular surgeons are the usual specialists. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
103 Doctors shared insights

Leg Ulcers (Overview)

An ulcer is essentially a breakdown in the normal layer of skin and can have a number of potential causes. A leg ulcer occurs in the lower extremity and can be superficial or deep.


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What are the symptoms of leg ulcers?

What are the symptoms of leg ulcers?

Open wound: When you have an leg ulcer there is a breakdown of the skin and an open wound forms. This could be painful, draining and even infected. If you have any concerns you should see a vascular specialist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I am looking for a specialist who knows anything about gravitational leg ulcers and how to treat them or cure them?

I am looking for a specialist who knows anything about gravitational leg ulcers and how to treat them or cure them?

Wound Clinic: Look for a wound clinic where these type of ulcers are treated routinely. Wound clinics are typically multispecialty and you can get the input of doctors from different specialties on your particular case. Ask you local hospital for help in finding one. ...Read more

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What causes leg ulcers?

What causes leg ulcers?

Leg ulcers: There are many possible reasons for leg ulcers, to include venous disease, diabetes, arterial disease, lymphedema, or vasculitis. It is important to determine the underlying source for the ulceration, to appropriately treat it. ...Read more

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Living with Ulcerative Colitis (Checklist)

See your gastroenterologist
Once
Follow recommended therapy closely
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Follow through with recommended cancer screening
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Any advice welcome treating leg ulcers with manuka honey?

Any advice welcome treating leg ulcers with manuka honey?

Honey: Honey has had a resurgence in treatment of ulcerations. However if there is no underlying vein reflux problem that needs to be addressed, as without that the ulceration will either take a long time to heal, or may not heal. Use of compression stockings is also very beneficial in trying to heal the ulceration. Unna boot placement has also had benefit in management. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for leg ulcers?

What is the best treatment for leg ulcers?

Depends on type: Leg ulcers may be caused by arterial disease or they are often caused by chronic venous insufficiency which is a problem that causes to much pressure to be in the veins near the skin. These ulcers are generally on the ankle mostly on the inside of the leg. The skin is ofter brown in that area. A venous specialist can diagnose and treat this condition. Our cure rate with venous ulcers is 97%. ...Read more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
Once
Check cholesterol medications
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Have a venous ultrasound to check for reflux
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What are good treatments for leg ulcers?

What are good treatments for leg ulcers?

Leg ulcers: The answer this question depends upon the underlying source for the ulcerations. Evaluation of the circulatory system is crucial, to include arterial flow, and vein flow. Ulcerations occur secondary to an underlying problem, and the treatment protocol requires treatment of this underlying problem for successful outcomes. I would seek evaluation by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure leg ulcers?

What is a good way to cure leg ulcers?

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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What is the best way to get rid of leg ulcers?

What is the best way to get rid of leg ulcers?

See vein specialist: 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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What should I do to prevent leg ulcers?

What should I do to prevent leg ulcers?

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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What causes leg ulcers?

Leg ulcers: There are many possible reasons for leg ulcers, to include venous disease, diabetes, arterial disease, lymphedema, or vasculitis. It is important to determine the underlying source for the ulceration, to appropriately treat it. ...Read more

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What are cures for leg ulcers?

What are cures for leg ulcers?

See vein specialist: 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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What are the symptoms of leg ulcers?

Open wound: When you have an leg ulcer there is a breakdown of the skin and an open wound forms. This could be painful, draining and even infected. If you have any concerns you should see a vascular specialist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Do sun and air help leg ulcers heal?

Do sun and air help leg ulcers heal?

No: Leg ulcers are a very complicated problem that needs specialty care. Leaving a leg ulcer exposed to the elements may cause more harm than good. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure leg ulcers?

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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What's the best way to treat leg ulcers?

What's the best way to treat leg ulcers?

Depends: There are many causes for leg ulcers, and depending on the cause, ther treatment will be different. You should be seen by a vascular surgeon our a round clinic. There are many topical therapies. Swelling, if present, needs to be treated and it is important to net sure there is adequate circulation. ...Read more

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Is terrasil commonly used for leg ulcers?

Is terrasil commonly used for leg ulcers?

No: Terrasil (tacrolimus) is a potent immunosuppressant used during organ transplantation or topically for difficult to control eczema. Leg ulcers most commonly occur from venous insufficiency. Treatment of the venous reflux in combination with compression therapy will give the best lasting results. ...Read more

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


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