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Do bruises cause leg ulcers?

Do bruises cause leg ulcers?

Bruises Leg Ulcers: When the injury is severe enough --and this may not be evident for days-- to the lower legs (and elsewhere), there may injury to the surface of the skin and then a hematoma forms under the superficial break in the skin. As the hematoma matures, it swells (think of jello in the refrig) and the pressure then breaks through the skin and begins to ooze currant colored material. Seek wound care! ...Read more

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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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Why do diabetics get leg ulcers?

Why do diabetics get leg ulcers?

Diabetic leg ulcers: Diabetics get ulcer due to multiple causes including healing problems, nerve issues, circulation problems with the large and small arteries and pressure issues. ...Read more

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How are venous and arterial leg ulcers different?

How are venous and arterial leg ulcers different?

Different cause: Arterial ulcers are caused by lack of blood supply to the area, seen in diabetics with small vessel disease, venous ulcers are due to pooling and stagnation of blood as seen as in with long standing varicose veins.Varicose veins ...Read more

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Does staph cause leg ulcers?

Does staph cause leg ulcers?

Yes, but...: If skin dries/cracks, then staph or strep may infect the soft tissue as the dermal opening creates a portal of entry... Mrsa is is quite prevalent... Be careful. ...Read more

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Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

No: A leg ulcer will not cause diabetic retinopathy. The two are related though. A person's whose diabetic disease has progressed to the point of having a leg ulcer will also often have diabetic retinopathy. Both happen with poorly controlled diabetes. ...Read more

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How do you prevent leg ulcers for diabetics?

How do you prevent leg ulcers for diabetics?

Prevention: Diabetics often times develope dry skin which can cause the skin to become more fragile. Keep dry skin hydrated with a good moisturiser. Watch your diet, keep your blood sugar under good control, and follow up with your physician when recommended. ...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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How does wrapping my leg help with venous stasis ulcers?

How does wrapping my leg help with venous stasis ulcers?

Lowers vein pressure: Wrapping the leg with a venous stasis ulcer will dramatically decrease te pressure in the veins. This reverses the process which caused the ulcer in the first place. Healing does not occur overnight. It will take weeks to months depending on how large the wound is. ...Read more

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How do you prevent your leg ulcers from weeping?

How do you prevent your leg ulcers from weeping?

Compression therapy: Weeping is a very common problem with patients that have leg ulcers. The goal is to get the ulcer to heal. Compression therapy and aggressive wound care is the key. Once the ulcer heals however the compression therapy has to continue to prevent swelling of the legs. Otherwise the ulcer will simply come back. ...Read more

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Can stomach ulcer cause leg pain?

Can stomach ulcer cause leg pain?

No: Humans (nor animals for that matter) are not wired with the two in any link up. You can have the two at the same time, but the leg pain is more likely to create stress & aggravate your ulcer than the opposite. ...Read more

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Why do diabetics get foot ulcers?

Why do diabetics get foot ulcers?

Diabetic ulcers: Diabetes causes a condition known as microangiopathy. This is the clogging of microscopic blood vessels that feed skin and sub-cutaneous tissues. Therefore, if there is any pressure point on the foot, the blood flow is essentially cut off and the skin breaks down as the skin cells die from lack of blood flow. ...Read more

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Do compression stockings help with venous stasis ulcers?

Do compression stockings help with venous stasis ulcers?

Venous Ulcer RX: Compression is the key to treating venous stasis ulcerations. In a comprehensive wound care center, there are many different types of compression used. First, make sure that the level of compression that is being used is safe to use. Your wound care professionals will be able to assist you through this process. ...Read more

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How should you dress a diabetic leg ulcer?

Diabetic ulcer: What you dress a wound with has to do with the location of the wound, the amount of fluid coming off of a wound, where in the timeline of the healing, cost of the products (there are always choices), ease of placing those products, availability of home health, etc... ...Read more

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How do you treat a serious leg ulcer infection?

How do you treat a serious leg ulcer infection?

See below: If there is infection, then antibiotics will be needed. Depending on cause of ulcer, treatments are different. Many leg ulcers are due to venous issues and may require compression and intervention on the improperly working vein. Special dressings such as a boot of unna may help heal a leg ulcer. Foot ulcers my be due to poor arterial circulation and wont heal until circulation is improved. ...Read more

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How do you evaluate lower leg arterial disease?

How do you evaluate  lower leg arterial disease?

Check pulses: Easiest way is to check pulses- if you cannot feel pulses on top of foot or behind the bony part of the ankle (on the inside of the ankle)- then suggest an appointment. Also make sure the foot is warm. Finally push on the skin of the toe- should turn white and then back to pink when you release the skin in less than 2 seconds. Should see your doc if pain with walking more than a few yards. ...Read more

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How do you stop a venous stasis ulcer from weeping?

How do you stop a venous stasis ulcer from weeping?

Compression: The most important treatment to a venous stasis ulcer is compression wrap or hose. The compression of the wrap must sufficient to counterbalance the underlying venous hypertension. The venous hypertension vhtn is the cause of the weeping and ulcer. Vhtn pressure is the result of gravity and faulty valves.Once proper compression is applied weeping and proper wound care is applied weeping will stop. ...Read more

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Do gastric ulcers need tissue culture?

Do gastric ulcers need tissue culture?

Yes: They need culture and biopsy through an endoscope to make sure they're not cancerous. ...Read more

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How to relieve extreme leg pain possibly caused by lupus, vericose veins, restless leg syndrome, or fibromyalgia?

How to relieve extreme leg pain possibly caused by lupus, vericose veins, restless leg syndrome, or fibromyalgia?

Need more specifics: First you need to see a doctor and get a specific diagnosis then the appropriate treatment can be prescribed. ...Read more

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How can I remove the dressing round ankle leg ulcer without causing bleeding?

How can I remove the dressing round ankle leg ulcer without causing bleeding?

Dressing: Sometimes if you add Normal Saline to the dressing where it is sticking to the wound, it won't pull and tear the skin. ...Read more

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How do you help heal a leg ulcer?

How do you help  heal a  leg ulcer?

Leg ulcers.: An ulcer is an opening in the skin that looks like a hole. It can be large or small. Ulcers can be due to many reasons including diabetes, venous insufficiency and arterial insufficiency . The location of the ulcer often times suggest what the source of the ulcer is. Toe ulcers tend to be arterial or diabetic related and ankle ulcers tend to be venous. See a vascular surgeon for an evaluation. ...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?

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?

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

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What are some home remedies for leg ulcers?

What are some home remedies for leg ulcers?

Keep it clean: First see your doctor and find out what they are. Most common leg ulcers are venous stasis ulcer, which resist to heel , then home remedy will be clean them free of necrotic tissue, place dressings, elevate the legs if possible, and wear elastic stockings most of the time. ...Read more

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How effective are septiclense on leg ulcers?

How effective are septiclense on leg ulcers?

Yes, but: It is not just septiclense on the leg ulcer that helps to heal , depends on other issues are addressed to heal the ulcer , like control of infection , diabetes along with other systemic diseases , removal of dead tissue ( necrotic tissue ) , improving blood supply etc are to be corrected ...Read more

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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

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What is the definition or description of: Leg ulcers?

What is the definition or description of: Leg ulcers?

Breakdown: 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. ...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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How do you prevent your leg ulcers from weeping?

Compression therapy: Weeping is a very common problem with patients that have leg ulcers. The goal is to get the ulcer to heal. Compression therapy and aggressive wound care is the key. Once the ulcer heals however the compression therapy has to continue to prevent swelling of the legs. Otherwise the ulcer will simply come back. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent leg ulcers from weeping?

Compression: Use compression stockings and dressings. This is critical. Elevate your legs as much as you can and walk. A vein specialist or phlebologist can treat you definitively. Use phlebology.Org for referral. ...Read more

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Any information about leg ulcers general healing?

Any information about leg ulcers general healing?

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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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 treatment for leg ulcers?

What is the treatment for leg ulcers?

Leg ulcers: Great qustion, but too general to answer. It depends on what type of ulcer you are dealing with: pressure ulcers require that pressure is redistributed; vein ulcers require compression; and arterial ulcers require that you try to fix the arteries. For the wound itself, we strive for moist healing but removing the devitalized tissue by mechanical or chemical means. ...Read more

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Why do diabetics get leg ulcers?

Diabetic leg ulcers: Diabetics get ulcer due to multiple causes including healing problems, nerve issues, circulation problems with the large and small arteries and pressure issues. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for leg ulcers?

What is a good 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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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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Leg Ulcers (Definition)

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 ...Read more