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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


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What is the best OTC treatment for a skin ulcer?

What is the best OTC treatment for a skin ulcer?

Ulcer: Aquaphor healing ointment but if it lasts more than a few weeks it needs to be checked by a doctor for infection or skin cancer. ...Read more

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I have skin ulcers on my breast. What is the best treatment?

Depends on the cause: Most of the items in the large differential already posted are possibilities; but the point is that we need more information. What sort of ulcers? How long have they been present? What part of the breast are they on? Are they painful, itchy, both, neither? Your best option is to see a dermatologist for culture, biopsy, or other testing that the doctor will determine is necessary after examination. ...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 causes skin ulcers that won't heal?

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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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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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for skin ulcers?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for skin ulcers?

Yes, always: Causes of skin ulcesr range from benign, due to scratching, to very serious such as peripheral artery disease (pad). If you have an ulcer that does not heal in 2 weeks you should always see a doctor. There is often an underlying cause that needs treatment-such as infection or poor circulation before the ulcer will heal. Ulcers due to pad if left untreated can result in amputation of affected limb. ...Read more

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Has honey been used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Has honey been used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Yes for centuries: They have uncovered egyptian papyruses from 4000 b.C. That show they used honey in combination with other agents as wound treatment. In modern times manuka honey has been made sterile and packaged for medical use for chronic ulcers. The manuka honey differs from regular table honey only in the type of flower the bees feed on to produce the honey. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with skin ulcers to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Not long: I see this question was posted over a week ago. If you still have ulcers, go see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can liquid honey be used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Can liquid honey be used to treat skin ulcers on the leg?

Yes: Yes, honey has anti microbial properties and has been used for topical wound care of leg and decubitus ulcers. Only sterilized labratory tested honey should be used. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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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


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