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How can I remove hypa tape from around ankle leg ulcer without tearing my skin?

How can I remove hypa tape from around ankle leg ulcer without tearing my skin?

Warm water...time: I am assuming you are talking about hypafix tape which sticks to the skin. The easiest way is to soak the entire dressing with warm water or saline until it loosens up. More importantly, it is never a good idea to use tape directly on the skin if it can be avoided. Ankle ulcers are typically a result of varicose veins. A compression dressing avoids the use of tape and provides compression therapy. ...Read more

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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


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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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I have a leg ulcer and my nurse used Fucidin intertulle to dress it but its very painful, should I leave the net in or remove it.

I have a leg ulcer and my nurse used Fucidin intertulle to dress it but its very painful, should I leave the net in or remove it.

Remove: Clean with mild soap and water. Elevate leg as much as possible, elevate foot of your bed. Use adaptic or other no stick gauze on ulcer under ace wrap or pressure stocking and see md- vascular surgeon or wound clinic. Potential serious issue. ...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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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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Is manuka honey commonly used to treat leg ulcer?

Is manuka honey commonly used to treat leg ulcer?

Not commonly: Manuka honey has been used as an adjunct to leg ulcer wound dressings. Its use has been studied and has not always been shown to be beneficial. ...Read more

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A leg ulcer has now gone septic--what should I do?

Getmedical attention: Immediately! need antibiotics and care of ulcer while addressing cause. ...Read more

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Are there relaxation products that I can use for my leg ulcer?

Are there relaxation products that I can use for my leg ulcer?

No, depends,: Is the ulcer from venous, arterial or diabetic neuropathic. Relaxation will not help any. Stop smoking, . Compression therapy for venous, improve circulation for arterial, offloading for neuropathic. These are the first line rx. However all need debridement and good wound care. ...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