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Leg Ulcer

Leg ulcer

A leg ulcer definitely sounds like something we could all happily live without. And thankfully, for people under the age of 45, they are very rare. However, if you’ve made it past the grand old age of 80, the figures show that 1 in every 50 are affected by venous leg ulcers, and they are more common in people who are obese or immobile. Leg ulcers look like craters in the skin, varying in shape, colour and size. Your leg may also be painful, itchy and swollen. In many cases they are due to poor circulation in the arteries, if the valves in your veins stop working or as a result of diabetes. Ulcers need to be kept clean to avoid infection whilst arterial ulcers may benefit from surgery. If the leg ulcer is caused by an underlying disease it’s important to have this treated as well.

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Hi I am 47 years of age, two weeks ago I had infection on my superficial vein near my ankle doctor priscribed me antibiotics, than 3 days after taking them my vein burst, and there was a lot of bleeding and was rushed to hospital, but at the hospital they said it was leg ulcer It's taking a long time to heal and I also have a bandage on. What is the cause if this and also the cure, could it happen again ?





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hi im a 32 year old ex drug addict, who as suffered from leg ulsers for 3 years they have stayed stagnant for that period of time the tvn told me i had 2 options 1 was a tablet what i was aware of the name, but the side effect was PAIN, the other was a machine called vibropulse which she then decided the machine was to expensive, prejudment more like maybe she thought i was gunna sell um ahaha, all i know is they av since halfed my dose of pain killers because they av since realised they are addictive when they knew my past and yeh its past tell me what i can do, as sick of been in compretion bandages and in pain, when i should be living my life with my 3 little uns and leave my past behind aafter all isnt that why i gave up drugs to live life to be judged instead i sit in pain ranting about ppl what think im a no hoper please help xxx





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Addiction is an illness and needs treatment not judgement. I wiah you well ;-)

My mother is 93 and in a nursing home. She has had diabetes for about 23 years. Both her legs below the knees are seriously ulcerated to the point where she now has only weeks to live. We (the family) were told she got an infection but they didn't say from where. I presume it was infection from the ulcerated legs. The nurses there left her legs for days without re-dressing them because they said to dress them too often won't help them to heal. Her legs would smell terribly bad. I am wondering whether the dressings should have been changed more often or whether this would have happened anyway.





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I had a leg ulcer 3yrs ago and had vein removed surgery. The ulcer has heeled but the skin looks bruised and off colour where the skin has never returned to its normal colour. I want to know can I tattoo over the old ulcer for cosmetic reasons or is there anything I can do to restore the skin. I'm 36 and don't like to wear shorts because of this please help. Thank you Kevin





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hi i have had a leg ulcer now for 18 months which started from a very small cut on my shin but has rapidly grown to 16cm tall by 10 cm wide extremely painfull and large ulcer. which happened due to a dvt completly blocking my main vein in same leg.the vascular clinic said in novenber 2013 that with a 3 layer comp bandage the ulcer will go. since then it has grown twice the size and i still have the blood clot. but no one is doing anything about it. what can i do. im very scared and deppressed.





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Hi I'm 27 years old and have a leg ulcer . I am over weight but active , I work in care and have to live through the pain as can't afford ssp. I'm just started treatment and at the moment they just keep trying different dressings . I'm scared as I have 4 young boys to provide for and varicose veins x





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i have had ulcers on both legs for 2 years now, factor v leiden, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and secondary hypoadrenalism. I have seen several consultants but nothing appears to have improved. I have an identical twin who also has arthritis, factor v leiden and leg ulcers for over 12 years. Most of the consultants say that things are complicated due to all the various illnesses and that there is nothing else they can tell us. Can you help? I forgot to mention that I also suffer from raynaulds syndrome.





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Hi I've had leg ulcers on my 2 legs for about 3/4 years now and I keep going to the doctors every other day has they are very sore also they leak a lot ive been trying different creams and antibiotics but nothing works is there anything you can come up with has they are getting me down all the time thanks





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On one of your latest shows The tissue Viability Nurse applied a Growth substance for a le ulcer. Does anyone know what that substance was called? I can see that thus question was asked above. Thank you!





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Hi I am a 33 yr old girl, ive had my leg ulcer for 7 and half yrs now due to a DVT 10 yrs ago . Ive had several debridements two skin crafts , maggot therapy all types off dressing yet nothing has worked. I was diganosed seven year with Lupus SLE and have antiphospholipid syndrome so this is probably slowing up the healing process. I have been to several hospitals. I am currently on medication from the reumatologist to help with the Lupus.





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