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Over The Counter Treatment For Diabetic Ulcers
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 cream. Doctor can feel pulses in feet = no vascular work up needed. Avoid regranex, dermagraft, appligraf, hbo. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diabetic ulcers are sores that develop in people who have advanced diabetes. Most often the sores develop on the feet, but they can be located anywhere on the body that bears weight or pressure. Diabetes causes damage to small blood vessels of the skin, making the skin more ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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