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Dr. Latisha Smith
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Skin Ulcers (Overview)

Skin ulcers are sores on the skin that are caused by breakdown of the normal skin surface layer.


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What causes skin ulcers that won't heal?

What causes skin ulcers  that won't heal?

Many things: The skin is a complex organ. When skin does not heal it suggests something is missing in the pathways that the skin takes from break down to being healed. Most commonly seen are high glucose from poorly treated diabetes, low blood proteins in malnourished patients, and low oxygen in patietns with perpheral artery disease, excessive bacterial colonization leading to infection and skin cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Latisha Smith
51 doctors shared insights

Skin Ulcers (Overview)

Skin ulcers are sores on the skin that are caused by breakdown of the normal skin surface layer.


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What does it mean if I have skin ulcers?

What does it mean if I have skin ulcers?

Impaired circulation: Skin ulcers are typically caused by impaired circulation. This can happen as a result of pressure, as in bed-sores and diabetic foot ulcers, or from peripheral artery disease. They are often painless which can be deceiving as we tend to take painless things less seriously. They are always important to treat, however, as they can easily become infected and then cause major problems. ...Read more

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Has honey been used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Has honey been used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Yes for centuries: They have uncovered egyptian papyruses from 4000 b.C. That show they used honey in combination with other agents as wound treatment. In modern times manuka honey has been made sterile and packaged for medical use for chronic ulcers. The manuka honey differs from regular table honey only in the type of flower the bees feed on to produce the honey. ...Read more

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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get skin ulcers? Is he right?

Yes: You need to be checked to determine cause of ulcers- diabetes? Other infectious disease? See primary md for evaluation and blood tests. ...Read more

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Are there treatments for skin ulcers caused by varicose veins?

Are there treatments for skin ulcers caused by varicose veins?

Yes: Skin ulcerations due to vein disease are known as venous stasis ulcerations. Venous pressure due to venous reflux causes fluid leak from distended veins. This stagnation of fluid results in swelling, discoration of the skin, hemosiderin deposits, inflammation.....Skin ulcers. Vein ablation or closure along with compression are the main stay of therapy. See surgeon, american college of phlebology. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing the skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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I have skin ulcers on my breast. What is the best treatment?

I have skin ulcers on my breast.  What is the best treatment?

Depends on the cause: Most of the items in the large differential already posted are possibilities; but the point is that we need more information. What sort of ulcers? How long have they been present? What part of the breast are they on? Are they painful, itchy, both, neither? Your best option is to see a dermatologist for culture, biopsy, or other testing that the doctor will determine is necessary after examination. ...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


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