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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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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 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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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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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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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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How much should I worry about skin ulcers?

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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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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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

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


Dr. Latisha Smith
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Skin Ulcers (Definition)

Skin ulcers are sores on the skin that are caused by breakdown of the ...Read more