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My mom has develop dry gangrene in toe nails with heavy pain and she could sleep by laying on bed.She seats round the clock.Kindly advice treatment?

My mom has develop dry gangrene  in toe nails with heavy pain  and she could sleep by laying on bed.She seats round the clock.Kindly advice treatment?

Need vascular evalua: Sitting up improves blood flow- gangrene suggests insufficient blood supply. Do not wait. The evaluation is simple and can determine critical arterial blockages. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

Gangrene is a medical term describing the death of body tissue ...Read more


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Over how many days does fourniers gangrene become lethal/ lead to death?

Over how many days does fourniers gangrene become lethal/ lead to death?

Can occur quickly: Fournier gangrene is a soft tissue infection of the groin area, caused by mixed infection of both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Many patients are diabetic. It is considered a surgical emergency requiring IV antibiotics and surgery to remove dead and infected tissue. In spite of such measures, the mortality rate overall is 40%, but 78% if sepsis is already present at the time of presentation. ...Read more

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What is a cause for gangrene?

What is a cause for gangrene?

Two kinds: Dry gangrene is simply dead tissue. It could have been caused by freezing, burns, or a severe interruption of circulation with the necessary nutrients and oxygen wet gangrene is a type of infection of the dead tissue by a very specific bacteria. This bacteria produces a variety of toxins which can spread, cause more dead tissue (necrosis) and kill you. This is an emergency. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the signs of gangrene?

Dark: Dark, foul smelling tissues wth possibility of further tissue destruction, can be classified into dry or wet gangrene. ...Read more

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Do nondiabetics get gangrene now?

Do nondiabetics get gangrene now?

Yes: Patients with vascular disease and patients who have sustained a significant trauma are also at risk. ...Read more

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How to tell if i'm developing gangrene?

How to tell if i'm developing gangrene?

Dry or wet?: Either is fairly obvious and requires treatment. Wet unusually associated with progressive necrosis/death of tissues with a foul odor and occasionally has air in fhe tissues characterized by a crunchy sound when pressed. If usually occurs in immunocompromised patients in areas of compromised blood supply. The area is surrounded by increased redness. Dry gangrene tends to exhibit black tissue. ...Read more

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What exactly is gangrene disease?

What exactly is gangrene disease?

Dead tissue: Gangrene is a term used to describe dead tissue. Usually tissue that is no longer getting sufficient oxygen. ...Read more

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How do you know if you're getting gangrene?

Usually obvious: Gangrene means dead tissue. When infected it is called wet gangrene because the pus makes it wet and smelly. This is an absolute emergency and these people ae usually deathly sick. Dry gangrene is not infected but still should be seen right away because it usually means something needs to be fixed and because it can progress quickly to becoming infected. Both are usually black or gray in color? ...Read more

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Symptoms of gangrene look like what?

Symptoms of gangrene look like what?

Dark tissue: The tissues that become gangrenous are dead because they have lost their blood supply. Eventually they become a shade of grey or black. ...Read more

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Can gangrene strike anywhere on the body?

Yes: Yes it can but it typically effects body parts that have poor blood supply because the bacteria thrive in an anaerobic environment. Therefore it tends to effect the extremities. ...Read more