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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 does a sickle cell leg ulcer actually look like?

What does a sickle cell leg ulcer actually look like?

Ankle ulcer: Sickle cell ulcers most often occur on the inside of the ankle, or just above the ankle. There are similarities in appearance to venous stasis ulcers and venous insufficiency was even suspected in sickle cell patients. Venous insufficiency was found not to be causing ulcers in sickle cell patients. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a leg ulcer and what do they look like?

How do I know if I have a leg ulcer and what do they look like?

See picture: An ulcer is a break in the skin -- this can occur on the calf (typically due to venous disease) or on the toes (typically due to arterial disease). ...Read more

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How do you help heal a leg ulcer?

How do you help  heal a  leg ulcer?

Heal a leg ulcer: Your question is too broad. There are many types of leg ulcers: venous, arterial, neuropathic, trauma, surgical, and those from dozens of different dermatologic problems. Please see wound specialist for further direction. ...Read more

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If I don't shower or clean a leg ulcer, will I lose my leg?

If I don't shower or clean a leg ulcer, will I lose my leg?

No: No. Factors which determine if you will lose your leg are, 1) how good / bad the circulation is, or 2) whether you have a deep wound infection which will not clear with just antibiotics alone. Showering and keeping wounds clean does help prevent infections. ...Read more

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What would happen to a leg ulcer if it was left untreated?

Infections: The outcomes for an untreated ulcer can be severe. You can develop a local infection. This can spread to the bone as well as into the blood which can cause you to become septic with high fevers and illness which can be life threatening. Also the cause is important. If it is due to PAD this can result in an amputation. It is very important to see your physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What are good products to use for someone with a leg ulcer?

What are good products to use for someone with a leg ulcer?

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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What can be done for a leg ulcer that doesn't seem to stop weeping?

What can be done for a leg ulcer that doesn't seem to stop weeping?

Ulcer: A persistently draining ulcer in the leg requires attention by a specialist in wounds. You should see someone so that the situation can be assessed. There are many types of ulcers; each type of ulcer requires a different approach to healing. ...Read more

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Can you suddenly develop a venous leg ulcer without any previous symptoms of venous disease?

Yes: Sometimes there is an isolated incompetent venous perforator vein under an ulcer. It may have been there for years and in retrospect the patient may remember pain in the area after exercise. When the skin above it can no longer compensate for the increased pressure, an ulcer can form. ...Read more

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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