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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

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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What are the symptoms of diabetic ulcers?

What are the symptoms of diabetic ulcers?

Diabetic ulcers: This is great question in order to make the point that you just might have no symptoms. Diabetic patients may have neurological problems and have no feeling for an ulcer that would otherwise be painful. Other symptoms could be drainage pain color swelling and systemic signs of infection such as fever and chills. ...Read more

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What are the tip-offs that you might have diabetic ulcers?

What are the tip-offs that you might have diabetic ulcers?

Diabetic Ulcers: Lack of feeling in your toes or feet. Not being aware of the cold. Being unsteady on your feet. Sores or open wounds on your feet. These typically start with areas of redness which are surrounded by thick callous formation. Podiatric management of the callous may help to minimize the exacerbation of the sores. ...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?

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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Can you tell me if there are natural ways to heal diabetic ulcers?

Can you tell me if there are natural ways to heal diabetic ulcers?

Yes: The only natural method for healing diabetic ulcers that I am aware of is good blood sugar control. However, most people require diabetic medications in addition to dietary changes. Another key is prevention. Since the nerve endings become damaged, they lose sensation, a natural protective mechanism. Wear properly fitting shoes that avoid pressure spots. Always protect your feet. ...Read more

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What are some common consequences of having diabetic ulcers that would require hospitalization?

Infection: Most commonly would be an infection requiring IV antibiotics. Also may require surgical drainage or debridement of infection. If ulcer is due to poor circulation, you may need surgery to improve the blood flow. If not taken care of in a timely fashion, an infected ulcer can cause bacteria to get into your bloodstream causing you to feel sick (sepsis). Blood glucose may be abnormally elevated. ...Read more

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What generally prevents diabetic ulcers from healing?

What generally prevents diabetic ulcers from healing?

Many factors: The most common reason ulcers may have trouble healing: due to uncontrolled blood glucose levels, underlying infection, poor circulation, poor nutrition, too much pressure to the area, inappropriate wound care. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is diabetic ulcers on the feet look like?

Deep and Moist: Diabetic ulcers are usually deep and moist. Usually located at pressure points on the bottom of the foot. If infected they will drain smelly fluid. These are very serious and you should see a physician. ...Read more

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What do diabetic ulcers on somebody's feet look like?

What do diabetic ulcers on somebody's feet look like?

Varied: Diabetic ulcers are about as varied as rashes. They can begin under a thick nail as drainage. They can be a simple cut on the foot or scab. Or they can be a large open wound with infection. They also compass gangrene that appears as black or sometimes grayish/purplish discoloration to the toe. Have it checked out by a podiatrist immediately! They can diagnose and treat, or help prevent them. ...Read more

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How can I tell what do diabetic ulcers on the feet look like?

How can I tell what do diabetic ulcers on the feet look like?

Dfu: Diabetic foot ulcers usually appear on the sole of the feet, usually over bony prominences. They occur because the diabetic patient cannot feel normal sensations on the feet, and because the diabetic patient is prone to multiple other conditions such as poor blood flow and bone abnormalities. A poorly controlled diabetic also has healing and repair challenges. Any questions, seek help as soon as p ...Read more

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What to do if my finger. Now I'm really scared that they are diabetic ulcers?

What to do if my finger. Now I'm really scared that they are diabetic ulcers?

Question not clear: I am not sure if you asking about diabetic ulcer on the finger. They are not common. ...Read more

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In diabetic ulcers is it neuropathy or macrovascular disease that causes them? Can you get ulcers withouth macrovascular complications?

Diabetic ulcers: There are multiple concurrent causes of an ulcer in a diabetic that include: nerve problems, blood supply problems, and healing issues. With blood supply problems they can be macrovascular (large vessels) and or microvascular (microscopic vessels). Either or both can be a factor in the complications and cause of ulcers associated with diabetics. ...Read more

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Does anybody know any natural remedies to heal diabetic ulcers?

Does anybody know any natural remedies to heal diabetic ulcers?

Diabetic Foot Treat: Do not try to treat a diabetic foot infection with home remedies without at least having a professional observing as the consequences of an unsuccessful treatment can mean hospitalization, amputation or overwhelming sepsis and death. There are over 4000+ wound care products that are available so even among professionals, opinions vary. Attention to underlying causes of the ulceration are paramount ...Read more

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I am constantly paranoid that I might be pre-diabetic. I was tested aboutreally scared that they are diabetic ulcers?

I am constantly paranoid that I might be pre-diabetic. I was tested aboutreally scared that they are diabetic ulcers?

Use your paranoia: Towards fixing the problem, by talking it over with your pcp/internist and avoid carbohydrates/sugar foods etc. You can control your blood levels of glucose. Lose weight if you are overweight, do regular exercises.
I like the acronym gnap (go natural, avoid processed) foods as the processed ones contain too much fructose, while natural products don't.
Good luck. ...Read more

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My mom has these sores that look like diabetic ulcers on her feet, but she's not a diabetic. What could they be?

Depends: There are many different types of sores. Your mother could possibly be an undiagnosed diabetic. Have the sores evaluated. As long as they are healing the type of wound does not matter so much. ...Read more

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High deductible. Limited coverage of outpatient care. Would really help to know what tests, evaluations are required to diagnose diabetic ulcers and follow it after treatment.?

High deductible. Limited coverage of outpatient care. Would really help to know what tests, evaluations are required to diagnose diabetic ulcers and follow it after treatment.?

Not easy: Keys are changing weight-bearing, good wound care, absolute nicotine avoidance, good glucose control, verifying good circulation or improving it, if possible. Special shoes to get your weight off the ulcers is best use of money ($4-500). Wound care can be relatively simple with silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream. Doctor can feel pulses in feet = no vascular work up needed. Avoid regranex, dermagraft, appligraf, hbo. ...Read more

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Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get diabetic ulcers?

Eat healthy. Exercise. Avoid smoking. Why did I get diabetic ulcers?

Diabetic ulcers: Despite doing the best you possibly can, you have developed diabetic ulcers. I'm sorry about that. Studies have shown that the symptoms of the underlying vascular and neurological pathologies quite often precede the onset of diabetes. This indicates that diabetes is a disease that progresses at a rate that is independent of our attempt to control diet, weight, and physical condition. ...Read more

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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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Anyone know any natural remedies to heal diabetic skin ulcers?

Anyone know any natural remedies to heal diabetic skin ulcers?

Honey!: Manuka honey has been used as a natural remedy for diabetic ulcers and has shown in clinical studies to have antibacterial properties. Of course with any diabetic ulcer you should consult with your doctor prior to any self treatment. Diabetic ulcers can become serious and can lead to amputation if not treated properly. ...Read more

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What is a good pain medicine to control the pain of a diabetic ulcer?

What is a good pain medicine to control the pain of a diabetic ulcer?

Cure the ulcer: Curing the ulcer and normalizing your blood sugar is the best method. Actually, the pain is a good sign, since it shows you still have sensory nerve function in that area. If the pain is severe, check w/your doctor or get a referral to a pain clinic. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Diabetic Ulcers (Definition)

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 ...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