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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 all, My father suffered with venus ulcers on both legs for over a year and a half, he was having them dressed almost every other day and was in and out of hospital regularly. Recently, a friend approached him with information on 'The Light Clinic'. http://www.thelightclinic.co.uk A clinic which helps treats ulcers and the results have been life changing. Within a week my fathers legs started healing and over the last 6 weeks one leg has almost healed. I advise anyone suffering with leg ulcers to take a look at this website: http://www.thelightclinic.co.uk The treatment is truly outstanding!





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Hi my name is Bert.I'm an ex drug user.suffer from DVT .just recently I have suffered leg ulcers and now my lower region has broke out in abseses which are using smelly puss and penis and scrotums are swollen.can you advise me please





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I went too my GP on a few times with what seem to them that I had a skin condition ! I explained that it is not getting any better and it's more painfull so one GP gave a cream which never worked , I went back and I was seen by another GP and gave me some more cream (steriod) never really examine my leg and looked at me and said that it looks sore I explained once agiain how painfull it is and my ulcer which they never recognise I went for a second opinion where I was told that a scan called Doppler ultrasound scan and my both legs have a condition and now iam seeking more care for my legs I have to ware compression dressing on both legs toeless too the knee high they say for the rest of my life





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have had eg ulcers or rt leg since knee transplant 7 years ago then my rt leg stare up district nurse tried argental and green dressing said they don't hurt there agonising pain so bad I wont to dieall dr gives me panadol 2 qds and ozemorph 2 5mg tds and 10 mgs at bed time please help





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Hi all I wrote not long ago about my ulcer I had for nearly 10yrs I told you everything ,yes it was my own fault but I got in with the wrong crowd but I had nobody, I was living on the streets but due to my ulcers getting infected I ended up in hospital and I stoped there for 13weeks until they found me somewere,I finally got my life sorted but it was to late my ulcers was never going to heal due to blocked vains so now iv lost my leg I had to have it amputated on 11th July.I dont want simpify but I just wanted to say if you are using illegal drugs please try to get help before they get to bad I just wish I'd of know this sooner as I wouldn't if done what I did but life's cruel and to all of you who do have ulcers because of illnesses I really do hope you can find a cure for them as I no how much pain you get with them and it's not nice good luck everyone xxx





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My leg ulcer smells and as gone Green/Black i have had compression lots of different dressing types and still a year and a half later i still have sometimes it gets painfull and infected and smells. But this time its very painful (im on oramorph and other strong painkillers) It has lots of green sluff and the ulcer has now gone black and the smell is like rotten meat can you please give me any advice has to why it gos black many thanks Pamela





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Dearest Pamela, Please go to the doctor, your ulcer as you've stated it to be, is turning black because your skin is dying and that can leave you susceptible to, if left untreated, bacterial infection which can cause the need for an amputation and/or can get into your bloodstream and kill you. It is a very serious matter. Your wound as you've described it, needs constant and diligent treatment i.e. regular bandage changes, perhaps the MD removing dead (black) skin (debridement) at regular intervals in the healing process, increase in protein intake and healthful eating, doctor approved degree of exercise etc..If your wound EVER smells bad- it is time to see the DOC again, and ask him/her what to do on a REGULAR BASIS so that it DOES NOT smell. Never let your wound smell or your skin start to get black without doing something about it IMMEDIATELY. When you see your MD (wound care specialist would be best)please have someone drive you if you are taking strong painkillers, as we don't need you or any fellow travelers with anymore bumps and bruises! Additionally,a calendar may help you keep track of dressing changes, as I know it's not a lot of fun and can easily be put off, but don't! You can do it! Sorry about the preachy nature of this answer, but I am reaching out to you with grave concern. I'd like to give you a couple of helpings of peace with that protein! LOTS of love to you- Heidi

Hi hope your feeling better hun just wondering if you ve been seen lately bya doctor as this does not sound right at all I don t no what gang green looks like but I sure it something bad please go back to doctors as soon as yiu can all the best kind regards jane xxxxxxxxx

hello my name is ann and i look after a lady who is 89 she has this skin condition well i say a skin condition she has never had it before its very painfull she is not getting any sleep what so ever with the pain and trobbing in her ankel she says its like a woodpecker picking away at her ankle under her skin. i have pictures of her sore she is under the dermatology clinic they have given her cream but they don't work and the pain killers don't work please help this lady





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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





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