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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

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 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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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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What is the best treatment to prevent the recurrence of leg ulcers?

Compression: Wearing pressure gradient compression stockings, elevation of your legs whenever sitting or on pillows when laying down and moisturizers on the lower legs. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatments for venous leg ulcers?

What are alternative treatments for venous 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 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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Could medical leech therapy help someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

Could medical leech therapy help someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

Leeches leg ulcers: Leeches can be effective when an area has venous congestion; the leeches withdraw the blood from the congested area. Medicinal leeches are different than those obtained elsewhere. There are no studies of value showing that they help with infection. ...Read more

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Is medical leech therapy effective for someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

Is medical leech therapy effective for someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

For dead tissue only: Maggot therapy removes necrotic (dead) tissue from wounds and stimulates healing as well as removing a possible source of infection. ...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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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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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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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 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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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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Is it true that wheatgrass is good for leg ulcers?

Is it true that wheatgrass is good for leg ulcers?

No: Wheatgrass has never been show to be beneficial in the treatment of leg ulcers. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can you get rid of leg ulcers?

Depends on etiology: Of ulcers. If they are caused by lack of arterial circulations, you need to correct the blockage. If they are caused by lack of venous circulation, you need to improve venous drainage. If they are caused by small vessel disease as in diabetes, there is no direct way to control the ulcers. Usually they are caused by a combination of factors, and you need to address all 3. Show to surgeon. ...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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How do I prevent leg ulcers from diabetics?

Good habits.: Diabetics should get into the habit of checking their feet daily for changes. Keep them moisturized with good lotion rather than soaking (which can dry your feet out more, cause cracking and chapping), wear supportive, protective shoes at all times, and above all, keep strict control of your blood sugar. Controlling your blood sugar keeps your nerves healthy, and avoids ulcers and infections. ...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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Can you tell me how do I prevent leg ulcers for diabetics?

Can you tell me how do I prevent leg ulcers for diabetics?

Meticulous control: Diabetic leg/foot ulcers occur for several reasons: nerve damage, (wounds don't hurt initially), poor artery supply, poor healing from elevated blood sugars. There is no simple way to prevent them except meticulous control of diabetes and diligent monitoring. If you get a wound go directly to your diabetic doc. Delay in presenting to the doc causes lots of problems. Be well. ...Read more

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Anyone used disinfectant on leg ulcers; does that block healing though?

Anyone used disinfectant on leg ulcers; does that block healing though?

?: What kind of disinfectant is being used? Hydrogen peroxide and iodine have been found to delay wound healing. ...Read more

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How effective is terrasil (all natural silver+oxygen skin cream) for leg ulcers?

How effective is terrasil (all natural silver+oxygen skin cream) for leg ulcers?

See a vein Dr.: Leg ulcers are often due to chronic venous insufficiency. This can be diagnosed and treated by a venous specialist. Our cure rate for venous ulcers is 97%. ...Read more

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My legs feel like they are burning when I elevate them which I need to do as I have leg ulcers.?

My legs feel like they are burning when I elevate them which I need to do as I have 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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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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Is there a relationship between leg ulcers and stomach ulcers?

Is there a relationship between leg ulcers and stomach ulcers?

No: Stomach ulcers are a result of too much acid production in the stomach while leg ulcers are a result of failing valves in veins causing high venous pressures in the legs. ...Read more

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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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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

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


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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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