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Doctor insights on: What Happens If Diabetic Ulcers Dont Heal Is It A Permanent Open Wound

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Diabetic Ulcers (Definition)

Diabetic ulcers are sores that develop in people who have advanced diabetes. Most often the sores develop on the feet, but they can be located anywhere on the body that bears weight or pressure. Diabetes causes damage to small blood vessels of the skin, making the skin more ...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 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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Does anybody know any natural remedies to heal diabetic ulcers?

Does anybody know any natural remedies to heal diabetic ulcers?

Diabetic Foot Treat: Do not try to treat a diabetic foot infection with home remedies without at least having a professional observing as the consequences of an unsuccessful treatment can mean hospitalization, amputation or overwhelming sepsis and death. There are over 4000+ wound care products that are available so even among professionals, opinions vary. Attention to underlying causes of the ulceration are paramount ...Read more

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Is using iodine on a diabetic ulcers safe?

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?

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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Are there any sites with pictures for diabetic ulcers?

Are there any sites with pictures for diabetic ulcers?

Yes many: Here is a good place to start: http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/460282-overview. ...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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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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In diabetic ulcers is it neuropathy or macrovascular disease that causes them? Can you get ulcers withouth macrovascular complications?

Diabetic ulcers: There are multiple concurrent causes of an ulcer in a diabetic that include: nerve problems, blood supply problems, and healing issues. With blood supply problems they can be macrovascular (large vessels) and or microvascular (microscopic vessels). Either or both can be a factor in the complications and cause of ulcers associated with diabetics. ...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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Wounds (Definition)

A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more