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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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can anybody tell me if there is any financil help for a chronic leg ulcer. I have had mine for approximately 20 years with continual breakdown of the ulcer as well as work sickness as a result of being on my feet for too long. regards





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Hello, my heart goes out to all leg ulcer sufferers. I have had a leg ulcer for three years now, I have never been seriously sick in my whole life, have always lived healthy etc. Was on steroids (prednisolone) and other immune suppressants, nothing helped. Prednisolone only made me gain 25 kilos in no time, it took over 6 months to lose 20 kilos. I also had a big belly and a puffy face, all side effects of this horrible dug. I can advice anyone NOT to take prednisolone. There are other drugs. I am currently using seaweed dressings which are good (they do not heal the wound but they soak a lot of the discharge). The pain is always unbearable, so I am taking a lot of painkillers, but no other medication. They say I probably have Pyoderma Gangrenosum, since I do not have any vein issues. I am currently awaiting a TNF (?) treatment. Good luck to all of you!





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Hello Genevieve I have pyoderma gangrenosum it has been a long journey for me to be diagnosed I was treated for Venus ulcer a misdiagnosis. Luckily after 6 years I saw a plastic surgeon who recognised what it was. I've taken dapsone but due to a reaction Iwent on a massive 100mg of prednisalone. After trying different dressings I'm finally getting better. Once a week I have my wounds painted with silver nitrate ...it stings like a beast but it seems to be healing them one leg has healed apart from a few small holes and the other leg is having a go at being painted. I don't know if you are in the UK but I saw professor Keith Harding at Cardiff university hospital. I went to him for a second opinion he is a kind man who knows his stuff. Good luck and I hope you get well soon love Sian x

Please try granulated sugar...I have been using this treatment on my Husband's Grandfathers legs. He has had leg ulcers for over a year.He received conventional wound care from nurses but they were not effective. After 2 weeks of using granulated sugar the ulcer is healing quickly, the pain is gone and there is absolutely no smell coming from the wound. Simply pour granulated sugar over the wound. Research it online it is worth it.

iv had my leg ulcers now for 9-10 yrs its my own fault as i got with the wrong crowd when i was younger and used to inject i had no were to live and was on streets and due to this my ulcers became infected and i had to have a operation i was in hospital 13 weeks and from there got a place in a hostel i was going seeing district nurses every other day and it stated to do really well but i had a bus pass to keep my appointments but when i moved to a new area my bus pass had to be re-newed and my new dr put down i was fit and healthy im not so now i cant afford to get to my appointments and my leg is getting worse i am seeing my vascular surgeon next week 12th july 2013 iv been having test and my veins are blocked from my groin all way down i have also got dvt and taking wafrin 6mg im changing my dressings myself and my leg is really sore plus im worried what the out come might be could any body please help me on what to do i would be most greatfull kind regards manda x





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Manda, try applying granulated white sugar to the wound before you put the dressing on. I have had great success with this. Try to put a thick layer on so you can't see the wound. Then cover the wound with a bandage. You will notice a lot more discharge as the sugar draws the water out of the wound and starves the bacteria which is likely causing you the pain. re-apply new bandages every day and everyday cover it with granulated sugar. Hope it works for you

Hi I got vein injections 3 years ago but legs now covered in small blue veins and leg eczema that wont clear. GP gives me cream but they keep coming back and very itchy. NHS wont treat my veins and they are very painful at times. Private is expensive. some of veins really starting to show.





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I developed a leg ulcer 6 weeks ago. There was a patch of blood just under my skin and it turned into a small hole. I thought I might try Aloe Vera gel and lotion and Trimovate on it. But they didn't work. 5 weeks ago I sawy doctor and I asked him to refer me to Bradford Royal Infirmary. 2 weeks later I saw a nurse and she told me that I had a referral on the 26th June. I thought it was too far away and it might have turned for the worse by then. I rang BRI and said I needed a much earlier appointment. They told me that my appointment was at my local health centre and I had to cancel it. So, I had to get a re-refferal sent through my doctor. I'm still waiting for one now. I'm seriously fed up getting ulcers. I get really down because I stand up all day at work and I have to come home because I can't handle the pain. I'm off sick right now. The last time I had ulcers, I had all the tests done to see why I get them, but that was a waste of time. My results were all normal. I'm just at a loss of what I can do now. I'll get them all the time until I die. I'm only 29. Male with a good diet.





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I understand where you are I have been there !! I got an ulcer two years ago and didn't know what it was at first but figured it was due to my very poor lower leg circulation which is hereditary for my family. Since it was extremely painful I went to the doctor. They treated it with calcium alginate, a cream, and debridgement which was very expensive and pretty painful. It worked but took a while. I do have a purple scar there which makes me very self conscious but I try to remember that it could be worse. It's hard to realize that though. I have not had a reoccurrence. I try to elevate legs as much as possible get lots of exercise and for me the compression hose only seemed to make things worse!!!!dont lose hope you are young But don't let the condition get the best.of you. Sue

Just an update. The ulcer seems to be a little better. Its not as deep as it was. I was put on some antibiotics because I had an infection in it. There is some loose skin next to the ulcer and it attached to the edge of it. I've tried pulling it off but its too painful, so I've left it alone. I thought I had to go to Bradford Royal Hospital yesterday (thursday) but I got the date wrong. Its next week when I have to go so that was a waste of a journey. I'm suppose to be going to back to work on Tuesday but I bet you £100 that I'll have to go back home because I won't be able to stand up on it.

I have a problem with my circulation hence i get vein ulcers. i go to the A&E most nights for pain relief as the pain is unbearable.I have been waiting for a vein operation for 3 years now .i am 49 years old it is getting to me psychologically as well as physically.





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Here is some GOOD NEWS. Some 15 years ago I was very fat (15.5 stones) and started getting very painful, swollen and uncomfortable legs above the ankles. On one I developed a hard, sunken, deep purple area which extended almost all around the leg and was probably just about to ulcerate. I finally got the doctor to prescribe some support stockings and embarked upon a regime of exercise and weight reduction. I am now 70 years old and the patch on my leg has reduced to the size of a fifty pence piece and the rest of my leg(s) has/have returned to normal! I weight about eleven and a half stone and do a lot of walking which I really enjoy (about 200 miles already this year). I am so glad I have avoided getting ulcers and that I am feeling so much fitter and enjoying getting out in the countryside. I only wish I had taken a photo of my leg(s) when it was really bad so that I could then show how it is now. I still have hopes that the nasty purple bruised patch will finally disappear completely.





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Hello well done it´s good to see that there is HOPE and yes, ulcers can be healed even if it sometimes seems impossible! Weight loss and a healthy diet combined with walking surely assist the healing. To me it sounds that your ulcer was due to poor blood circulation.

Yes, we have poor circulation problems in our family and I have suffered from varicose veins and haemorrhoids from my early twenties. But obesity and a very sedentary lifestyle from my forties onwards didn't help. I still wear my support stockings and try to keep active. I am also still trying to lose another stone or two . . . but it is soooo hard! Thank you for your kind comments.

I use Wafarin for blood clot problems, my main vein in leg was carterized in the 60's for a deep blood clot which leaves the leg with poor circulation, my leg below the knee feels like little bumps and leg swells a lot, never has iched until now, I show no ulser showing on the outside I use lotion on it and massage it, but noticed in last few days extremly swollen, feels better when walking but have bad knee on this leg also one fights the other since then my leg is iching and sometimes when sitting i feel that something is crawling up my leg but nothing is there, suggestions on what this could be should i consult my dr on this or is it just slow blood going up the rest of my veins. I only take 3mg a day for warfarin. I have been on warfain since 2004 and age is 69





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Hi my name is Kay, i am 37 and have had my leg ulser for 6yrs on and off. It started off as a little mark i did on my daughters baby bouncer when she was little, i also have 2 dvt's in the same leg. The 1st is in my groin and 2nd is behind my knee, my ulser has healed twice, but this time it just doesnt want 2. I get my ulser dressed twice a wk at my.lical doctors, but we have used every dressing going to help it heal. I am also under a consultant at my local hospital. I was just wondering if their is anything you can surgest, which we might not have tried yet.





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hi there... i have now suffered with leg ulcers for the past 3 years...touch wood i havent had a flare up since nov '12! the best treatment i had was as soon as one starts to break i have it dressed with an iodine patch as well as compression bandaging...as tight as possibly bearable! i make sure i elevate my legs as often as i can and increased my exercise too... the drs. advise i lose weight (easier said than done) but after this treatment my last ulcer healed much quicker (max 4months) were before it had been closer to a year...trying other methods! good luck

I had one two years ago. My doctor used calcium alginate pads a cream and debridgement. It worked slowly but I have not had a reoccurrence to date. It was expensive and pretty painful. Hope this helps you! GOOD LUCK!

My mun is 53 bad circulation and and not very moible has the ulcer for 8 months and beeing on 15 antibiotics by doctors can you please help my ma thank you.





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I had an ulcer two years ago, knock wood, no reoccurrence to date. My doctor used calcium alginate pads, a cream and debridgement. There is a purple scar but I am mobile because when I had the ulcer it was incredibly painful. Hope this helps! Sue

My suggestion is to tell her to ask her doctor to be referred to a hospital/clinic where they specialise in ulcers. Walking helps the blood to circulate around the body. If she does this twice or three times a day every day, it will help to heal. Compression socks helps too.





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