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What should I do if I wet my diabetic foot ulcer bandage in the tub or shower?

What should I do if I wet my diabetic foot ulcer bandage in the tub or shower?

Change Dressing: Most foot ulcer dressings can be taken off before a shower / bath and the wound can be exposed to water / soap. After the shower / bath, the wound should be re-dressed per the original directions. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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How bad is it to wet diabetic foot ulcer bandage in the tub or shower?

How bad is it to wet diabetic foot ulcer bandage in the tub or shower?

Not bad: If you have an ulcer it is quite alright and recommended to let the ulcer get wet in the shower as long as it is dried and properly dressed after the shower. This will help keep the wound clean. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a shower/bath with a diabetic foot ulcer bandage on?

Is it okay to take a shower/bath with a diabetic foot ulcer bandage on?

Don't wet dressings: It is not okay to take a bath/shower with a bandage covering a wound. Tap water is not sterile. If it comes in contact with the wound, an infection could occur. Also, the dressing would stay wet, causing maceration of the skin. Maceration is thickening, softening , and whitening of the skin. As a result, more skin could break down. Ask your doctor to clean your foot during dressing changes. ...Read more

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How is a diabetic foot ulcer best treated?

Depends on site: This is dependent on many factors: locations, depth, involvement of deeper structures, underlying deformity, present medical status, actual cause (not all ulcers in diabetics are diabetic related) and compliance of the patient. ...Read more

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Diabetic foot ulcer --\ is this a bad sign?

Diabetic foot ulcer --\ is this a bad sign?

Unfortunately yes: If you have a diabetic ulcer your risk of more goes up it indicates multiple problems that will need to be addressed to decrease the risk of more as well as protecting your circulation eyes and kidneys. ...Read more

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What does the start of a diabetic foot ulcer look like?

What does the start of a diabetic foot ulcer look like?

Many possibilities: A diabetic foot ulcer is best diagnosed with a physical exam. Your physician will ask you to remove your shoes in order to inspect your feet. They will look for redness, calluses, bruising, blistering, swelling, and for open sores. Sometimes the ulcer may be hidden and will be discovered following the debridement of calluses or the deroofing of blisters. ...Read more

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How do you correctly clean & debride a diabetic foot ulcer?

How do you correctly clean & debride a diabetic foot ulcer?

Rx Diabetic Ulcer: There are two main causes of diabetic foot ulcers: neuropathy and arterial. These have different forms of treatment. Unfortunately, both can be involved in the same ulceration so attention by a trained health professional is vital. Contact your primary care physician, wound center, or podiatrist for further workup and attention. They will be the ones to debride the wound and instruct on cleaning. ...Read more

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What is the the most recent treatement of diabetic foot ulcer?

What is the the most recent treatement of diabetic foot ulcer?

It's changing daily: It’s changing every day. Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing similar to a conductor leading an orchestra. Better question is whats proven to work. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for a diabetic foot ulcer to develop?

How long does it usually take for a diabetic foot ulcer to develop?

Multiple factors: It can hours to days - multiple risk factors lead to ulcers and amputation, pressure, neuropathy and trauma are the major risk factors. The amount of each of those determines time frame. Poor circulation and foot deformities among other things which have a role in time frame. ...Read more

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What is the best wound care for a necrotic diabetic foot ulcer?

What is the best wound care for a necrotic diabetic foot ulcer?

Team approach: Depends on what is meant by necrotic. Is there blood flow to the extremity or wound? If not, a vascular or interventional cardiologist need to increase the blood flow to the extremity. A podiatrist is needed to get any bony prominence resected and to offlaod the wound. An endocrinologist is needed to get the diabetes under control if out of control. ...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


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A diabetic foot is a simply the foot of a person with diabetes. Because of the nature of diabetes, a diabetic foot has certain risk factors that make observing and practicing good ...Read more