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

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

Clearly different : 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Smith
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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


Dr. Douglas Joyce
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My legs feel like they are burning when i elevate them which i need to do as I have leg ulcers.?

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

See vein specialist: 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%. ...Read more

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

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

Wound Clinic: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Does anyone know the best way to treat leg ulcers?

Does anyone know the best way to treat leg ulcers?

Yes: Prevention is always best! accurate diagnosis is critical. Venous stasis -post phlebitic syndrome is cause of a large number. Cure is possible but management and stabilizing is most common. Vascular surgeons are the usual specialists. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Joyce
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What is a good way to cure leg ulcers?

What is a good way to cure leg ulcers?

See a vein specialis: 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%. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Harris
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What's the best way to treat leg ulcers?

What's the best way to treat leg ulcers?

Depends: There are many causes for leg ulcers, and depending on the cause, ther treatment will be different. You should be seen by a vascular surgeon our a round clinic. There are many topical therapies. Swelling, if present, needs to be treated and it is important to net sure there is adequate circulation. ...Read more

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Is terrasil commonly used for leg ulcers?

Is terrasil commonly used for leg ulcers?

No: Terrasil (tacrolimus) is a potent immunosuppressant used during organ transplantation or topically for difficult to control eczema. Leg ulcers most commonly occur from venous insufficiency. Treatment of the venous reflux in combination with compression therapy will give the best lasting results. ...Read more

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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Do sun and air help leg ulcers heal?

No: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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What are the symptoms of leg ulcers?

What are the symptoms of leg ulcers?

Open wound: When you have an leg ulcer there is a breakdown of the skin and an open wound forms. This could be painful, draining and even infected. If you have any concerns you should see a vascular specialist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Douglas Joyce
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What are cures for leg ulcers?

What are cures for leg ulcers?

See vein specialist: 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%. ...Read more

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Leg Ulcers (Definition)

Leg ulcers is a common term for when blood pools in the superficial veins of the legs leading to compression and inflammation of the skin. This damage to the skin causes the skin to breakdown and hence a ...Read more


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Ulcer (Definition)

Ulcer is the medical term for erosion of a normal barrier (the lining on top) exposing the surface that is normally beneath this barrier. Ulcers can occurs at sites like the skin, the ...Read more


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