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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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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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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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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 are good products to use for someone with a leg ulcer?

What are good products to use for someone with a leg ulcer?

Need more informatio: It is unusual for someone at age 34 having problem with leg ulcer. The question is whether you have an underlying disease such as diabetes which makes you more prone to get a leg ulcer. Problem with circulation will also lead to leg ulcer as well. Get evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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What would happen to a leg ulcer if it was left untreated?

What would happen to a leg ulcer if it was left untreated?

Infections: The outcomes for an untreated ulcer can be severe. You can develop a local infection. This can spread to the bone as well as into the blood which can cause you to become septic with high fevers and illness which can be life threatening. Also the cause is important. If it is due to PAD this can result in an amputation. It is very important to see your physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a leg ulcer and what do they look like?

How do I know if I have a leg ulcer and what do they look like?

See picture: An ulcer is a break in the skin -- this can occur on the calf (typically due to venous disease) or on the toes (typically due to arterial disease). ...Read more

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What can be done for a leg ulcer that doesn't seem to stop weeping?

What can be done for a leg ulcer that doesn't seem to stop weeping?

Weeping: This should be evaluated as soon as possible to determine the source
Weeping may be lymph fluid which exits at the point and actually irritates the ulcer as the fluid burns ...Read more

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Can you suddenly develop a venous leg ulcer without any previous symptoms of venous disease?

Can you suddenly develop a venous leg ulcer without any previous symptoms of venous disease?

Yes: Sometimes there is an isolated incompetent venous perforator vein under an ulcer. It may have been there for years and in retrospect the patient may remember pain in the area after exercise. When the skin above it can no longer compensate for the increased pressure, an ulcer can form. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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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?

Ulcer: Need to be seen as soon as possible to initiate treatment, if you are septic you need antibiotics and emergent care to treat. Then evaluation is needed to determine the cause of the ulcer, is it arterial or venous related. ...Read more

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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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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