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Dr. Robert Vorhies answered:

What is the difference between venous and arterial leg ulcers; and how do they look?

Clearly different

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Arterial ulcerations appear necrotic. No evidence of pink healing tissue at the base and the wound edges are grey or black. Venous ulcers usually have clean pink bases with pearly borders.
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Dr. Douglas Joyce answered:

My Legs feel like they are burning when I elevate them which I need to do as I have leg ulcers.?

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Leg ulcers are often caused by chronic venous insufficiency which is a problem that causes to much pressure to be in the veins near the skin. A venous specialist can diagnose and treat this condition. Our cure rate with venous ulcers is 97%.
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Dr. Karl Mangold answered:

I am looking for a specialist who knows anything about gravitational leg ulcers and how to treat them or cure them?

Wound Clinic

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Look for a wound clinic where these type of ulcers are treated routinely. Wound clinics are typically multispecialty and you can get the input of doctors from different specialties on your particular case. Ask you local hospital for help in finding one.
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What causes leg ulcers?

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Trauma, insect bites, diabetes, venous insufficiency, arterial insufficiency
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Dr. J Roberts answered:

Does staph cause leg ulcers?

Yes, but...

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If skin dries/cracks, then staph or strep may infect the soft tissue as the dermal opening creates a portal of entry... MRSA is is quite prevalent... be careful
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Dr. Scott Bolhack answered:

Do bruises cause leg ulcers?

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When the injury is severe enough --and this may not be evident for days-- to the lower legs (and elsewhere), there may injury to the surface of the skin and then a hematoma forms under the superficial break in the skin. As the hematoma matures, it swells (think of jello in the refrig) and the pressure then breaks through the skin and begins to ooze currant colored material. Seek wound care!
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What are cures for leg ulcers?

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Depending on cause of ulcer, cures are different. Many LEG ulcers are due to venous issues and may require compression and intervention on the improperly working vein. Special dressings such as a boot of Unna may help heal a leg ulcer. FOOT ulcers my be due to poor arterial circulation and wont heal until circulation is improved. Go to a vascular surgeon or would care center for evaluation.
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Dr. Scott Bolhack answered:

Why do diabetics get leg ulcers?

Diabetic leg ulcers

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Diabetics get ulcer due to multiple causes including healing problems, nerve issues, circulation problems with the large and small arteries and pressure issues.
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Dr. Michael Miller answered:

How can I get ulcers on the legs?

Many causes

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Wounds are breaks in the skin caused by an external agent. Ulcers form from within an result from some form of internal cause such as vein disease, autoimmune disease, cancers, or another process in which the soft tissues are injured and/or die resulting in a loss of the overlying skin. Since there are so many causes, you should seek an expert opinion from a doctor who specializes in wound care.
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Do sun and air help leg ulcers heal?

No

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Leg ulcers are a very complicated problem that needs specialty care. Leaving a leg ulcer exposed to the elements may cause more harm than good.
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