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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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Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


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Should endoscopy be done to see ulcer is healed or not or of symptoms go off , that means ulcer is healed?

Should endoscopy be done to see ulcer is healed or not or of symptoms go off , that means ulcer is healed?

The relationship of: symptoms & actual internal status is complex, very individually variable & categorically unreliable. Fact that humans have so many ways of compensating for internal problems is one of the reasons the medical system is focused on symptoms of advanced Ds, not health. So, while impossible to offer any certain answer to your question, no, I would not rely on absence of symptoms in & of themselves. ...Read more

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If you have a diabetic ulcer the size of a quarter, what would the drs do to heal?

If you have a diabetic ulcer the size of a quarter, what would the drs do to heal?

Simple answer: First, diabetic neuropathic ulcers only occur below the ankle. If yours is not there, it is not a diabetic ulcer. The key is to keep all pressure away from it, called offloading. It may need debridement (sharp cleaning) to keep only healthy tissue exposed to the dressings which should be every other to every third day. Watch for infection and keep the air away from it. A wound specialist helps. ...Read more

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What should be the added food during healing of a body?

What should be the added food during healing of a body?

Balanced: The best diet to promote healing is one that is well-balanced with fat, protein and carbohydrates and has the appropriate caloric content. ...Read more

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Could foot swelling be caused by uric acid sintered in the tissues but can't be shown in examination? What would you recommend to do or take?

Could foot swelling be caused by uric acid sintered in the tissues but can't be shown in examination? What would you recommend to do or take?

Difficult to say: Buildup of monosodium urate crystals (aka uric acid) in tissues of the foot is frequently difficult to diagnose on x-ray and clinical exam alone. Often a blood test +/- joint aspirate (if symptoms centered around a joint) is required for diagnosis. ...Read more

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When should you see a doctor after ingesting a chicken bone by accident, what are signs to be concerned of ?

When should you see a doctor after ingesting a chicken bone by accident, what are signs to be concerned of ?

Pain & Vomiting: Generally it is more likely than not that bone will be partially digested and then passed out in the stool without any problems. We see this happen with items like glass and safety pins with semi-regularity. Injury to the oesophagus would cause throat or chest pain made worse with swallowing. Obstruction of intestine would present as abdominal pain +/- distension, nausea & vomiting ...Read more

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If your kidneys are damage due to elevated CPK because of a small injury in your calves...What should a person do and if this is a serious matter?

If your kidneys are damage due to elevated CPK because of a small injury in your calves...What should a person do and if this is a serious matter?

Rhabdo: Rhabdomyolyis if severe enough can cause acute renal failure and the need for dialysis. A mild case may just cause transient elevation of your renal function. Ask your doc about your specific case. ...Read more

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I have fistula in ano. Is it possible to heal it without surgery? Are there any diet which could hasten the healing process or any topical meds?

I have fistula in ano. Is it possible to heal it without surgery? Are there any diet which could hasten the healing process or any  topical meds?

Dont ignore: Fistula in anu could be a sign of an underlying disease such as crohn's. I suggest an evaluation by a gastroenterologist rather than just a bandaid approach to the fistula. You want a full thorough evaluation of th causes. ...Read more

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Got a broken toe and been told by a doctor that it does need any sort of immobilisation or foot support to help with the healing. Is that right?

Got a broken toe and been told by a doctor that it does need any sort of immobilisation or foot support to help with the healing. Is that right?

Broken toe: Your doctor is wrong. There are specialists who will examine your toe and begin appropriate care. There are foot specialists who will do this well. Please go on line and try and find a foot specialist near you and/or ask a friend to recommend someone. Things will go well. ...Read more

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With a hernia, what are the first signs indicating the bowels blood supply has been cut off? And how do you prevent it from occurring?

With a hernia, what are the first signs indicating the bowels blood supply has been cut off? And how do you prevent it from occurring?

Get it fixed: This kind of problem is very serious and dangerous. If you have a piece of bowel in a hernia, it needs to be fixed asap. Don't wait until the blood supply is cut off. Pain, aching, naseua and vomiting are some indications of blood supply being cut off. This is very dangerous. ...Read more

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What is the risk of a wait and see approach to an injury that may be either a bad swelling bruise or possibly a fracture?

What is the risk of a wait and see approach to an injury that may be either a bad swelling bruise or possibly a fracture?

Depends: Depends on where it is and how much it hurts some more minor fractures can be treated with "benign neglect" for a good result and others cannot the risk is that a fracture could displace worse in some situations if you had a really bad fracture you would most probably know it right off the bat. ...Read more

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Why should NSAIDs be avoided during the healing of a fracture??

Why should NSAIDs be avoided during the healing of a fracture??

Prostaglandins: NSAIDS interfere with the production of prostaglandins. This family of chemical mediators is critical in the inflammatory process and the benefit of this drug class is to mitigate this process thereby limiting inflammation. The same prostaglandins are necessary elements in the healing of bone process. A week of taking NSAIDS will not likely curtail regular bone healing; 2 months might. ...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?

Weeping: This should be evaluated as soon as possible to determine the source Weeping may be lymph fluid which exits at the point and actually irritates the ulcer as the fluid burns ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a penetrating peptic ulcer? Will I have to go to the hospital for relief?

What are the symptoms of a penetrating peptic ulcer? Will I have to go to the hospital for relief?

Severe pain mainly: It can feel so severe as to be an emergency. And it can be a cause of bleeding from the stomach which leads to vomiting of blood. It is severe enough to require monitoring in the hospital. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor should I see for a wound that won't heal?

Which type of doctor should I see for a wound that won't heal?

Expert help: Treating and healing wounds is not something that should be attempted by those not specially trained in wound care. There are many related factors, treatments, diagnostics, etc. The complications of failure are so horrendous, that you should take time to identify a real wound care expert, not merely someone who works in a wound center. Use the internet and healthtap to find us. ...Read more

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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