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Is there anything I can do about the smell of a diabetic ulcer?

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Dr. Alan Koslow
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Get it healed.

It will smell till it is healed. May mean there is infection.

In brief: Get it healed.

It will smell till it is healed. May mean there is infection.
Dr. Alan Koslow
Dr. Alan Koslow
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Need antibiotics.

Suggests infection and likely by pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Requires antibiotics by mouth, inteamuscular or intravenous and treatment by specialists that deal with leg ulcers: vascular surgeons, wound specialists or surgeons, dermatologists dedicated to that, to determine need for debridment and when clean put a graft if needed. Goto your primary doctor he may get cultures, give antibiotic & refer.

In brief: Need antibiotics.

Suggests infection and likely by pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Requires antibiotics by mouth, inteamuscular or intravenous and treatment by specialists that deal with leg ulcers: vascular surgeons, wound specialists or surgeons, dermatologists dedicated to that, to determine need for debridment and when clean put a graft if needed. Goto your primary doctor he may get cultures, give antibiotic & refer.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. William Purtill
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Make sure it is not infected.

In brief: Yes

Make sure it is not infected.
Dr. William Purtill
Dr. William Purtill
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care

In brief: Diabetic foot

There are many avenues to seek help: your primary care physician can evaluate you and refer you on; a wound care specialist in a wound center; or a podiatrist that has an interest in wounds are your best choices.
But do not hesitate! seek help as soon as possible as foot ulcers in diabetics can get serious very quickly.

In brief: Diabetic foot

There are many avenues to seek help: your primary care physician can evaluate you and refer you on; a wound care specialist in a wound center; or a podiatrist that has an interest in wounds are your best choices.
But do not hesitate! seek help as soon as possible as foot ulcers in diabetics can get serious very quickly.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Depends

If there is a foul odor it could represent underlying deep infection.
You need to see a vascular surgeon right away to address this.

In brief: Depends

If there is a foul odor it could represent underlying deep infection.
You need to see a vascular surgeon right away to address this.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Patrick Wyffels
Critical Care

In brief: Yes

Odor & diabetic ulcer or wound means infection + / - dead tissue.
See a doctor. Antibiotics for infection plus removal of all dead tissue or callus trapping infection. Test if bone is involved. Vascular doppler can be done in the office or at a vascular lab to determine if blood flow to the area is adequate for healing. Stop smoking, remove & prevent pressure, get good control of blood sugars.

In brief: Yes

Odor & diabetic ulcer or wound means infection + / - dead tissue.
See a doctor. Antibiotics for infection plus removal of all dead tissue or callus trapping infection. Test if bone is involved. Vascular doppler can be done in the office or at a vascular lab to determine if blood flow to the area is adequate for healing. Stop smoking, remove & prevent pressure, get good control of blood sugars.
Dr. Patrick Wyffels
Dr. Patrick Wyffels
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