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What should or should not be eaten to hasten the healing of a diabetic leg ulcer?

What should or should not be eaten to hasten the healing of a diabetic leg ulcer?

Blood sugar: The most important nutritional factor in a patient with a diabetic ulcer is to maintain adequate protein intake as well as making certain to keep the blood sugars under control. ...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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What dietary changed with help the healing of a diabetic's leg ulcer?

What dietary changed with help the healing of a diabetic's leg ulcer?

Diabetic diet: Following a good diabetic diet that allows you to keep your blood sugar nice and low and level will give you your best chance at healing an ulcer. See a doctor for additional wound care, debridement, or antibiotics if there are any signs of infection. ...Read more

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My dad is being given compression dressing for a leg ulcer it's not working at all... What other treatment could be explored. He is diabetic?

My dad is being given compression dressing for a leg ulcer it's not working at all... What other treatment could be explored. He is diabetic?

Wound care clinic: Hi. Take your Dad to a wound care clinic for specialized attention to the wound. They have a number of options. Also, it is of course critically important to make sure his diabetes control is excellent. Poor diabetes control impairs wound healing. ...Read more

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How should you dress a diabetic leg ulcer?

Diabetic ulcer: What you dress a wound with has to do with the location of the wound, the amount of fluid coming off of a wound, where in the timeline of the healing, cost of the products (there are always choices), ease of placing those products, availability of home health, etc... ...Read more

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What can I do to dress a leg ulcer in a diabetic patient?

Cause?: Many ulcers are caused by venous disease even in diabetic patients. These are most often found on the inside of the ankle. If this is the case see a venous doctor. ...Read more

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Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

No: A leg ulcer will not cause diabetic retinopathy. The two are related though. A person's whose diabetic disease has progressed to the point of having a leg ulcer will also often have diabetic retinopathy. Both happen with poorly controlled diabetes. ...Read more

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How do physicians dress a leg ulcer in a diabetic patient?

Ulcer in a Diabetic: This is too general of a question to answer accurately. A diabetic can develop diabetic foot ulcers but they are also at risk for other types of ulcers too like venous stasis ulcers. A diabetic ulcer that is considered neuropathic requires offloading; an infectious process needs to be treated with antibioitics; and if there is a blood supply issue then that needs to be corrected. ...Read more

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My dad is diabetic, angioplasty and overweight. He has developed a leg ulcer about size of fist doctors only dressing it help it's getting big/worse ?

Needs more treatment: If a diabetic ulcer is not getting better with dressing changes as they are being done then more treatment is needed. See a vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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What are good treatment options for a gross leg ulcer?

What are good treatment options for a gross leg ulcer?

Various treatments: There are different types and causes of leg ulcers. It is best to se your doctor to discuss what is best for your particular problem. You need to be proactive and get aggressive with treatment. Dr l. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of a single leg ulcer in an much older man?

Depends: Leg ulcer can be a tip of the iceberg. The causes are many so the treatment varies greatly. In the elderly population, vascular disease (artery, vein, and lymphatics), infection, accident/pressure induced soft tissue injury, metabolic issues including diabetes makes healing difficult. Do not delay medical attention, some ulcer can get aggressive and cause big problem. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative treatment for venous leg ulcer?

Is there an alternative treatment for venous leg ulcer?

Not really: As drs. Schwartz and marquart said, the mainstay of treatment for venous leg ulcers is compression and treatment of the underlying venous insufficiency. Some medicines, especially trental, (pentoxifylline) or antibiotics, if there is an infection, have been shown to improve the effectiveness of compression but infections are actually rare and medication is not commonly needed. ...Read more

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Are there any herbal remedies to help leg ulcer healing?

Are there any herbal remedies to help  leg ulcer healing?

Venous ulcers: Vasculera and diosmin are herbs purported to aid in the treatment of venous ulcers but they are not the mainstay of treatment. Venous ulcers are the end result of venous insufficiency and the best way to treat these is a combination of local care to the ulcer with compression, cleaning and topical wound healing agents. Next the underlying venous insufficiency needs to be addressed. See a vein MD. ...Read more

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Mom have venous leg ulcer for past 5 yrs,not cured. Treatment changed from English medicine to Ayurveda.can she take English medicine immediately?

Mom have venous leg ulcer for past 5 yrs,not cured. Treatment changed from English medicine to Ayurveda.can she take English medicine immediately?

Treatment not Meds : Venous leg ulcers usually require external compression with special wraps (jobst stockings) , and leg elevation, possibly with water pills. The mechanical elevation and support is the mainstay of treatment. ...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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Is manuka honey commonly used to treat leg ulcer?

Is manuka honey commonly used to treat leg ulcer?

Not commonly: Manuka honey has been used as an adjunct to leg ulcer wound dressings. Its use has been studied and has not always been shown to be beneficial. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly with a leg ulcer?

Is it safe to fly with a leg ulcer?

OK with precautions: If it is a venous ulcer, most likely at your age keeping swelling down with compression and getting up and walking the isle some, if you can get an exit row seat to stretch your legs out and exercise your ankle. If space get your leg up in empty seats too. For most other ulcer types pressure would not be good but be sure if it is draining you have plenty of fluid absorption. ...Read more

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How do you treat a serious leg ulcer infection?

How do you treat a serious leg ulcer infection?

See below: If there is infection, then antibiotics will be needed. Depending on cause of ulcer, treatments are different. Many leg ulcers are due to venous issues and may require compression and intervention on the improperly working vein. Special dressings such as a boot of unna may help heal a leg ulcer. Foot ulcers my be due to poor arterial circulation and wont heal until circulation is improved. ...Read more

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My mate as an open wound on his leg its a leg ulcer. How would i know if its infected?

My mate as an open wound on his leg its a leg ulcer. How would i know if its infected?

Red and warm: If there is redness and warmth around the wound and you smell an odor it is probably infected. That being said they should be seen by a physician so that they can get on antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are exercises that will help improve circulation to my leg ulcer?

Can you tell me if there are exercises that will help improve circulation to my leg ulcer?

Ulcer: Firstly the need to define what type of ulceration you have. Venous ulcerations are secondary to venous reflux, and should be managed by destroying the problem of the reflux, usually accomplished by thermal ablation of the vein. Arterial ulcers are secondary to arterial insufficiency, and should be treated by identifying the arterial problem treating it. Exercise with walking Is important ...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