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Conditions

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 have had a small ulcer on the inside of my ankle for nearly a year, I go to the nurse every week to get it dressed and it almost healed at one point, I've had numerous infections including MRSA in it, had lots of antibiotics etc, suddenly it's started getting bigger, smelly and sore again, I'm so depressed as it effects what I can do everyday. I cannot afford to take time off work to rest it. I'm 54 and just feel like I'll never get rid of it!!





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i have venous leg ulcers for fourteen years and no amount of creams and dressings have worked i get every day dressings because of the wetness and the pain is at times unbearable i take morphine based drugs to eleveate the pain its helps a bit but iam really fed up with them i wear shorts all year round as long trousres get soaking wet





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If you've have ulcers for 14 YEARS, then you should tell your doctor about it. If they don't heal, then they are chronic ulcers. In my opinion you need to see a specialist. Have you thought of Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment? It might help.

ive had leg ulcers for over 3 years now and from my experience and from reading, it seems as though doctors either dont know what to do, or dont think this is serious s enough to put much effort into helping patients with this awful problem. like some of you, mine are very painful, they leak, and ointments, lotions, bandages, dressings, imuran (azothioprene), painkillers, and just about all other methods dont seem to provide any help. i, too, went go a vascular surgeon, who put a multi layer cast on one of my legs and said it would be better in a few weeks......no such luck





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Hey am 16 nearly 17 and I was bitten by a bug which has turned into and ulcer and has the doctors confused as am a health young girl. it's been there for about 2 and a half month it's nearly healed just wanted to know if it's going to scar





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Yes it's going to scar.

you know these leg ulcer's, my left leg lower bit below the knee, boy does that itch at night when I am in bed, sometimes when I am in work during the day and I sit down it itches so bad it bleeds, anyway, countless trips to the doctor and emulsifying ointment still no good so now I rub honey on it, and it is great, nice, and clean and no itch at night. The wife moans..but hey at least she don't wake up when I scratch my leg at night.





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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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