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Soap Wash Diabetic Ulcer Affect Will 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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