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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

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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Could it be something bad if I have skin ulcers?

Could it be something bad if I have skin ulcers?

Yes: Skin ulcer may be due to diabetes, vascular insufficiency, infection, cancer. Seek care if it is a non-healing ulcer. ...Read more

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Can liquid honey be used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Can liquid honey be used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Yes: Yes, honey has anti microbial properties and has been used for topical wound care of leg and decubitus ulcers. Only sterilized labratory tested honey should be used. ...Read more

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How long does it take rheumatoid vasculitis skin ulcers to develop?

How long does it take rheumatoid vasculitis skin ulcers to develop?

Seemingly overnight: Skin breakdown from auto immune problems like vasculitis can appear very rapidly. It starts with congestion in the capillaries that nourish the skin and then not enough blood supply is available to keep the skin together and an ulcer occurs. The treatment of the ulcer is most effective when there is effective treatment of the vasculitis. ...Read more

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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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What are the most common causes of skin ulcers?

What are the most common causes of skin ulcers?

Diabetes, varicose v: Diabetes is the most common cause of foot ulcers and varicose veins of ulcers on the ankles or lower legs. Both need to be treated to prevent infection. ...Read more

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My wife thinks I should see someone for my skin ulcers. Should i?

My wife thinks I should see someone for my skin ulcers. Should i?

What's the harm?: Unless you are certain as to the cause of your skin ulcers, it is wise to seek a doctor to provide you with a diagnosis from a trained individual. It is wiser yet to listen to your wife. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diabetic skin ulcers?

What kind of condition is diabetic skin ulcers?

Diabetic skin ulcers: Diabetics can have different kinds of ulcerations. They can get neuropathic ulcerations due to nerve damage. They can get ulcerations from arterial disease due to advanced plaque formation in arteries. They are also more prone to pressure and may develop ulcerations from pressure. Diabetics can even have venous disease and develop ulcerations from this as well. A wound care expert can evaluate. ...Read more

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How come glutamine helps in healing skin ulcers?

How come glutamine helps in healing skin ulcers?

Protein: Glutamine is an Amino Acid and it is abiding block of protein. Any help in healing would be as a supplement to rebuilding tissue in someone with a poor nutritional staid. The physical factors in the causation of ulcer must be addresses to heal and prevent recurrence of ulcers. ...Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for skin ulcers?

Yes, always: Causes of skin ulcesr range from benign, due to scratching, to very serious such as peripheral artery disease (pad). If you have an ulcer that does not heal in 2 weeks you should always see a doctor. There is often an underlying cause that needs treatment-such as infection or poor circulation before the ulcer will heal. Ulcers due to pad if left untreated can result in amputation of affected limb. ...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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How long can I wait with skin ulcers to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with skin ulcers to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Not long: I see this question was posted over a week ago. If you still have ulcers, go see a doctor. ...Read more

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Anyone know any natural remedies to heal diabetic skin ulcers?

Anyone know any natural remedies to heal diabetic skin ulcers?

Honey!: Manuka honey has been used as a natural remedy for diabetic ulcers and has shown in clinical studies to have antibacterial properties. Of course with any diabetic ulcer you should consult with your doctor prior to any self treatment. Diabetic ulcers can become serious and can lead to amputation if not treated properly. ...Read more

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What can cause skin ulcers on and under breast and smeel like rotted flesh?

Infection.: That can be a sign of a serious infection. Please see a doc today. ...Read more

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Skin ulcers: small, tightly defined, circular (95%). No redness, itching or pain. Usually chest upward. Few. Infection? Specific issue?

Skin ulcers: small, tightly defined, circular (95%). No redness, itching or pain. Usually chest upward. Few. Infection? Specific issue?

Unclear: It is hard to say what could be causing your skin problem without seeing the problem. You should see you physician to be examined as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What do skin ulcers look like?

What do skin ulcers look like?

SKIN ULCERS: SKIN ULCERS LOOK LIKE LITTLE SAUCER-LIKE DEPRESSIONS IN THE SKIN.
OFTEN FOLLOWS SEVERE ACNE ...Read more

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How much should I worry about skin ulcers?

A lot: Skin ulcers if left untreated can lead to infection, loss of muscle, and even deep infection of the underlying bone. Ulcers are usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition that may require treatment such as diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. They may also be present in people with diminished sensation, poor mobility, or poor nutrition. ...Read more

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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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If I have hard bumbs under my skin, do you think that they are skin ulcers?

If I have hard bumbs under my skin, do you think that they are skin ulcers?

Possibly: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...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?

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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I have severel skin ulcers on my left breast, they came out of nowhere and now they will not go! Iv seen the breast clinic twice and have been left?

I have severel skin ulcers on my left breast, they came out of nowhere and now they will not go! Iv seen the breast clinic twice and have been left?

See a dermatologist: You provide insufficient description for any other opinion. What did they say at the breast clinic? Any efforts at therapy? What do you think they are? ...Read more

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I am a meth addict with giant skin sores on my back and ribs. I also had my arm go completely numb and unstable for three weeks. What does that mean?

I am a meth addict with giant skin sores on my back and ribs. I also had my arm go completely numb and unstable for three weeks. What does that mean?

METH: Skin infections most likely and the arm going numb may be toxicity related it all means its time to seek help and quit using ...Read more

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Can an ulcer cause a weird numbness in the arms and legs?

Not likely: If it is stomach ulcers you are referring to, this would be a very unusual complaint. I suppose if you had a severely bleeding ulcer or were profoundly anemic it could cause such symptoms but this would be atypical. ...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


Skin Sores (Definition)

Skin sores come in different shapes; some could be papules (like pimples), some like an ulcers, and some containing pus, depending on the type of bacteria, fungus, virus, or parasites ...Read more