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Symptoms of Leg Ulcers

The following features are indicative of Leg Ulcers:
  • leg swelling
  • leg cramping
  • dark red hardened skin
  • itching
  • unevenly shaped borders around legs
  • leg pain
  • bad odor
  • pus leakage
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Common Causes of Leg Ulcers

The following are the most common causes of Leg Ulcers:
  • venous ulcers
  • arterial ulcers
  • neurotrophic ulcers

Risk Factors for Leg Ulcers

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Leg Ulcers:
  • older age
  • severe anemia
  • ineffective erythropoiesis
  • splenectomy
  • hypercoagulability levels

Prevention of Leg Ulcers

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Leg Ulcers. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • use of compression stockings
  • avoid smoking
  • proper maintenance of diabetic conditions
  • regular exercises
  • eat healthy foods
  • weight reduction
  • proper management of blood pressure and cholesterol levels

Occurrence of Leg Ulcers

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Leg Ulcers cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Leg Ulcers most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Leg Ulcers can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Leg Ulcers

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Leg Ulcers:
  • Physical examination of skin: Helps in diagnosing severe conditions of leg ulcers

Doctor for Diagnosis of Leg Ulcers

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Leg Ulcers:
  • Dermatologist
  • Plastic Surgeon

Complications of Leg Ulcers if untreated

Yes, Leg Ulcers causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Leg Ulcers is left untreated:
  • edema
  • venous stasis
  • skin hyperpigmentation
  • cellulitis
  • gangrene
  • venous eczema

Procedures for Treatment of Leg Ulcers

The following procedures are used to treat Leg Ulcers:
  • Compression therapy: Decreases blood vessel diameter and pressure and increases their effectiveness and preventing blood from flowing backwards
  • Use of artificial skin: Helps in covering venous ulcers and excrete growth factors to help them heal
  • Local anaesthetic endovenous surgery: Helps in increasing success rate of healing

Self-care for Leg Ulcers

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Leg Ulcers:
  • Proper alignment: Proper alignment of patient’s legs and feet above the level of the heart for reducing risk of leg ulcers

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Leg Ulcers

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Leg Ulcers:
  • Use of topical sodium nitrite cream: Helps in relieving pain from leg ulcers

Time for Treatment of Leg Ulcers

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Leg Ulcers to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 3 - 6 months

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Leg Ulcers.

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