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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'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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hi what surgery can be done for ankle ulcers apart from skin graphs any thing to help v ein in foot as my are dead and got have dressed weekly nd surport stockings thanks





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On one of your latest shows The TISSUE Viability Nurse applied a " Growth " substance from a tube ? WHAT IS that substance called Please ?? The reason I am asking is ? I have a Leg ulcer of 3 years in age and which is not healing as well as it should and my practice nurse is NOT getting any answers from the local NHS " T V department " Which after seeing the show is giving ME some hope that it can be helped along but for NOT getting the help that I should be getting ??





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Hi Im 22 I've have a leg ulcer on my left leg and im itching all over and it's waking me up aswell do you have any clue what this is please





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My mother has had leg ulcers for well over two years now and when she has to go to the nurse about them the nurse says that the ulcer should not be cleaned and she just puts another plaster on it, now and again the doctor gives my mother antibiotics but then there is no other treatment given and the ulcers are getting worse, my mother is 85 years old





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my mother-in-law has the same problem. In addition, they never put enough bandages on her leg and it is always swollen when they take the bandages off. She has already had one dvt because of the last ulcer. I am looking for a private dermatologist in fulham, putney, hammersmith or chelsea. If can recommend a name it would be appreciated.

Hello I have been suffering from leg ulcers now for two and a half years and I am getting no where. I have been in both compression bandages and stockings and neither have worked. I am just going through the motions of getting my ulcers dressed every week. The nurses have been excellent but I feel I have been let down by the specialist who seemed to be more interested in diagnosing my obesity than my leg. It has taken me 20 years to put the weight on so it will take time to lose which I am with help from the nhs. I now feel that my leg ulcer is holding me back as the more I exercise in the gym the worse the pain gets. Is there anything else I should be asking from the health proffessionals





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hi my name is caroline I think I have an ulcer but waiting to see a dermatologist its very painful and have to take time off work im 49yrs old don't no what to do next any suggestions please





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Hi all I have been reading this site as I have a number of health problems one being leg ulcers they are so painful. I have reactions to a lot of meds even bandages. Was born with alleges to parobenze, coal tar and hair die. I have a number of ulcers on the one leg almost all the way round. have had all the tests going for my leg all coming back normal. I am going to try this with the sugar and hope it works for me too. Debs





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