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I had multiple infections of pseudomonas and staph on my leg ulcer. How do I keep the wound clean?

I had multiple infections of pseudomonas and staph on my leg ulcer. How do I keep the wound clean?

Wound Clean: Your wound should be followed by a wound specialist. The surface of wounds have bacteria in them. What needs to be differentiated is colonization (which does not require antibiotics) from infection (which does). Slough and fibrin, the material that collects on the surface of the wound can be removed to lower the bacteria (bioburden). Then advanced wound care products can be used on the wound. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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What can I do about multiple infections of psuedomonas and staph for last five months on a leg ulcer?

What can I do about multiple infections of psuedomonas and staph for last five months on a leg ulcer?

Wound care is vital: Any ulcer on the skin will be culture positive for bacteria including the two you mentioned. Active infection is not defined on a positive culture alone but what the wound looks like, smells like and is discharging. The cause of the wound needs attention. ...Read more

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If I don't shower or clean a leg ulcer, will I lose my leg?

If I don't shower or clean a leg ulcer, will I lose my leg?

No: No. Factors which determine if you will lose your leg are, 1) how good / bad the circulation is, or 2) whether you have a deep wound infection which will not clear with just antibiotics alone. Showering and keeping wounds clean does help prevent infections. ...Read more

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My mate as an open wound on his leg its a leg ulcer. How would I know if its infected?

My mate as an open wound on his leg its a leg ulcer. How would I know if its infected?

Red and warm: If there is redness and warmth around the wound and you smell an odor it is probably infected. That being said they should be seen by a physician so that they can get on antibiotics. ...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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I have cellulitis on leg, that I have had an ulcer now for 6 months, slow to heal, but now oozing yellow clear fluid--cs staph and candida, ?

I have cellulitis on leg, that I have had an ulcer now for 6 months, slow to heal, but now oozing yellow clear fluid--cs staph and candida, ?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender). It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong. ...Read more

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Can a person wear jeans if he has a leg ulcer, or will it be irritating?

Can a person wear jeans if he has a leg ulcer, or will it be irritating?

Certainly: Yes. As long as the ulcer is covered and properly dressed, jeans can be worn. If you aren't already being seen by a wound clinic it is probably a good idea to do so. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly with a leg ulcer?

OK with precautions: If it is a venous ulcer, most likely at your age keeping swelling down with compression and getting up and walking the isle some, if you can get an exit row seat to stretch your legs out and exercise your ankle. If space get your leg up in empty seats too. For most other ulcer types pressure would not be good but be sure if it is draining you have plenty of fluid absorption. ...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 won't heal until circulation is improved. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of a single leg ulcer in an much older man?

What is the treatment of a single leg ulcer in an much older man?

Depends: Leg ulcer can be a tip of the iceberg. The causes are many so the treatment varies greatly. In the elderly population, vascular disease (artery, vein, and lymphatics), infection, accident/pressure induced soft tissue injury, metabolic issues including diabetes makes healing difficult. Do not delay medical attention, some ulcer can get aggressive and cause big problem. ...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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What does a sickle cell leg ulcer actually look like?

What does a sickle cell leg ulcer actually look like?

Ankle ulcer: Sickle cell ulcers most often occur on the inside of the ankle, or just above the ankle. There are similarities in appearance to venous stasis ulcers and venous insufficiency was even suspected in sickle cell patients. Venous insufficiency was found not to be causing ulcers in sickle cell patients. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative treatment for venous leg ulcer?

Is there an alternative treatment for venous leg ulcer?

Not really: As drs. Schwartz and marquart said, the mainstay of treatment for venous leg ulcers is compression and treatment of the underlying venous insufficiency. Some medicines, especially trental, (pentoxifylline) or antibiotics, if there is an infection, have been shown to improve the effectiveness of compression but infections are actually rare and medication is not commonly needed. ...Read more

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My wife has a bad venous leg ulcer & she was told by her doctor of this cream that is very expensive?

My wife has a bad venous leg ulcer & she was told by her doctor of this cream that is very expensive?

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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My dad is being given compression dressing for a leg ulcer it's not working at all... What other treatment could be explored. He is diabetic?

My dad is being given compression dressing for a leg ulcer it's not working at all... What other treatment could be explored. He is diabetic?

Wound care clinic: Hi. Take your Dad to a wound care clinic for specialized attention to the wound. They have a number of options. Also, it is of course critically important to make sure his diabetes control is excellent. Poor diabetes control impairs wound healing. ...Read more

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If leg ulcer is found on the front of the leg aprox 10 CM from knee cap, could it still be a veneous ulcer? Unusual for my age? But what else?

If leg ulcer is found on the front of the leg aprox 10 CM from knee cap, could it still be a veneous ulcer? Unusual for my age? But what else?

Possibly: This is an unusual location but I have seen a few of these. Evaluation and treatment by a venous specialist would answer the question. ...Read more

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If a leg ulcer is on front of the leg and not on the inside could it be a venous leg ulcer? Also have an ulcer under my foot. I'm fit and healthy!

If a leg ulcer is on front of the leg and not on the inside could it be a venous leg ulcer? Also have an ulcer under my foot. I'm fit and healthy!

Healthy has many: Definitions. The ulcers are a concern and you need to be seen by a doctor. An ulcer on the bottom of the foot is of particular concern as it may be under a weight bearing region....Make sure your under medical care. The lesion on the leg may be venous no matter the location. The one on the bottom of the foot is likely not venous... ...Read more

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Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more


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