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Can soap to wash a diabetic ulcer affect how long it will take the ulcer to heal?

Can soap to wash a diabetic ulcer affect how long it will take the ulcer to heal?

Wound care. : Diabetic ulcers will generally heal if you offload the area (decrease direct pressure with an insert, or a wheelchair), have your doctor trim the callus and dead tissue away on a regular basis, and if the ulcer is infected, you may need oral or IV antibiotics, depending on the severity of the infection. Depending on the size of the ulcer, it may take weeks to months for it to close! ...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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What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal; do you get gangrene?

What happens if diabetic ulcers don't heal; do you get gangrene?

Possibly: Or infection of the skin structures and bone can occur. See a wound specialist or a foot specialist that treats wounds. ...Read more

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Can constant pressure help a diabetic ulcer heal?

Can constant pressure help a diabetic ulcer heal?

Diabetic foot ulcer: Do not use constant pressure on a diabetic foot ulcer. Your podiatrist or wound care professional needs to evaluate the ulcer and make recommendations. The standard of care for diabetic foot ulcers due to neuropathy is to offload the pressure from the wound, not to increase it! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are natural ways to heal diabetic ulcers?

Can you tell me if there are natural ways to heal diabetic ulcers?

Yes: The only natural method for healing diabetic ulcers that I am aware of is good blood sugar control. However, most people require diabetic medications in addition to dietary changes. Another key is prevention. Since the nerve endings become damaged, they lose sensation, a natural protective mechanism. Wear properly fitting shoes that avoid pressure spots. Always protect your feet. ...Read more

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What would be appropriate cream to use on a diabetic ulcer, to help heal it, and relieve pain?

What would be appropriate cream to use on a diabetic ulcer, to help heal it, and relieve pain?

Depends on the ulcer: There are a variety of wound care products available. There are various types of wounds, each requiring a different type of approach for optimal healing. The type of product that one will need depends on the needs and type wound. Consult with your physician as to what would be best for you. Do not attempt to take care of it on your own as this may lead to unnecessary need for amputation. ...Read more

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Can a diabetic ulcer heal by itself?

Can a diabetic ulcer heal by itself?

Yes: As long as there is enough blood flow (circulation) and the wound is protected and taken care of and there is no underlying infection of the surrounding bones, the chances of healing the ulcer are fairly good. Often the blood flow has to be improved, antibiotics are administered and protective footwear is worn. ...Read more

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Can exercise help heal a diabetic ulcer?

Can exercise help heal a diabetic ulcer?

Exercise diabeties: A diabetic ulcer is often on the bottom of feet so that exercise would not be what we encourage; quite the contrary, we spend great efforts with these types of ulcers to relieve pressure with casts and boots and special shoes. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any special bandages to help a diabetic ulcer heal?

Yes: There are several topical dressings that have been shown to accelerate wound healing time. Seeing a vascular surgeon or a wound clinic would be in your best interest. ...Read more

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If you have a diabetic ulcer the size of a quarter, what would the drs do to heal?

Simple answer: First, diabetic neuropathic ulcers only occur below the ankle. If yours is not there, it is not a diabetic ulcer. The key is to keep all pressure away from it, called offloading. It may need debridement (sharp cleaning) to keep only healthy tissue exposed to the dressings which should be every other to every third day. Watch for infection and keep the air away from it. A wound specialist helps. ...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


Washing (Definition)

As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more