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How can you avoid diabetic ulcers?

How can you avoid diabetic ulcers?

Tight control: Tight control of your blood sugars and assuring excellent foot care are the best methods. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Diabetic Ulcers (Definition)

Wound on lower extremity in a patient with diabetes as the skin integrity is lacking May be associated with vascular disease If concerned about bacteria in wound usually there are more than one bacteria at play Often cuts as a result of the walking surface of the foot doesn't ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of diabetic ulcers?

What are the symptoms of diabetic ulcers?

Diabetic ulcers: This is great question in order to make the point that you just might have no symptoms. Diabetic patients may have neurological problems and have no feeling for an ulcer that would otherwise be painful. Other symptoms could be drainage pain color swelling and systemic signs of infection such as fever and chills. ...Read more

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What are the tip-offs that you might have diabetic ulcers?

What are the tip-offs that you might have diabetic ulcers?

Diabetic Ulcers: Lack of feeling in your toes or feet. Not being aware of the cold. Being unsteady on your feet. Sores or open wounds on your feet. These typically start with areas of redness which are surrounded by thick callous formation. Podiatric management of the callous may help to minimize the exacerbation of the sores. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Diabetic ulcers?

What is the definition or description of: Diabetic ulcers?

Wound: Wound on lower extremity in a patient with diabetes as the skin integrity is lacking May be associated with vascular disease If concerned about bacteria in wound usually there are more than one bacteria at play Often cuts as a result of the walking surface of the foot doesn't hit the ground straight ...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 are some common consequences of having diabetic ulcers that would require hospitalization?

Infection: Most commonly would be an infection requiring IV antibiotics. Also may require surgical drainage or debridement of infection. If ulcer is due to poor circulation, you may need surgery to improve the blood flow. If not taken care of in a timely fashion, an infected ulcer can cause bacteria to get into your bloodstream causing you to feel sick (sepsis). Blood glucose may be abnormally elevated. ...Read more

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Is using iodine on a diabetic ulcers safe?

Slows healing: With the exception of cadexomer iodine (iodoflex) all other forms of iodine and betadine (povidone-iodine) solutions should be kept out of wounds as it is toxic to healing tissue. Cadexomer iodine is one of many possible options for treating diabetic ulcers. ...Read more

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Is there a use of honey in diabetic ulcers?

Honey and DM : Honey is one of 4000 wound care products. It can be helpful in some patients with some wounds; it is not a panacea; it will not be helpful to many patients; it should not replace careful observation by trained health professionals; it should not be used without clinicians observing the wound. ...Read more

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How often do diabetic ulcers actually lead to amputation?

How often do diabetic ulcers actually lead to amputation?

Multiple factors: The lifetime risk used to be 15% of diabetics would develop an ulcer and of those 15% would go on to amputation but that number has been steadily increasing to 20-25% of ulcers lead to amputation. Multiple factors include infection, circulation, kidney status, and ability to take pressure off the area, sugar control just to name a few. ...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 you tell me if there are any natural ways of increasing circulation to help with diabetic ulcers?

Can you tell me if there are any natural ways of increasing circulation to help with diabetic ulcers?

Limited: The only natural way of increasing circulation is by exercising the part of the body involved, usually your legs. This would have to be done under close supervision of your doctor because the exercise can be very bad for you if done to excess. Following a diet routine that will help unclog the arteries involved would also be helpful. ...Read more

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What generally prevents diabetic ulcers from healing?

What generally prevents diabetic ulcers from healing?

Many factors: The most common reason ulcers may have trouble healing: due to uncontrolled blood glucose levels, underlying infection, poor circulation, poor nutrition, too much pressure to the area, inappropriate wound care. ...Read more

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Can mercurochrome be used for diabetic ulcers?

Mercurochrome: Is obsolete - there are many better products available now for wound care, including diabetic ulcers. See a wound care expert for a recommendation. ...Read more

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What is diabetic ulcers on the feet look like?

Deep and Moist: Diabetic ulcers are usually deep and moist. Usually located at pressure points on the bottom of the foot. If infected they will drain smelly fluid. These are very serious and you should see a physician. ...Read more

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What do diabetic ulcers on somebody's feet look like?

What do diabetic ulcers on somebody's feet look like?

Varied: Diabetic ulcers are about as varied as rashes. They can begin under a thick nail as drainage. They can be a simple cut on the foot or scab. Or they can be a large open wound with infection. They also compass gangrene that appears as black or sometimes grayish/purplish discoloration to the toe. Have it checked out by a podiatrist immediately! they can diagnose and treat, or help prevent them. ...Read more

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How can I tell what do diabetic ulcers on the feet look like?

How can I tell what do diabetic ulcers on the feet look like?

Dfu: Diabetic foot ulcers usually appear on the sole of the feet, usually over bony prominences. They occur because the diabetic patient cannot feel normal sensations on the feet, and because the diabetic patient is prone to multiple other conditions such as poor blood flow and bone abnormalities. A poorly controlled diabetic also has healing and repair challenges. Any questions, seek help as soon as p ...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