Leg Ulcers: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment
What Are The Symptoms, Causes And Treatments Of Leg Ulcers?
Leg ulcers can be as confusing to our Houston patients as they are persistent. These wounds that appear in the lower leg are the subject of all kinds of speculation by patients including what causes leg ulcers, why they return, and how they can be treated. In this article, we hope to provide the solid answers for those of you dealing with these sores. Let’s begin with what actually causes them.
What Causes Leg Ulcers?
The simplest answer is poor circulation in the legs. However, the cause of poor circulation can be from a wide variety of sources. Those who also deal with diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, obesity or poor nutrition are at especially high risk. Smokers are as well. Even having external pressure on the legs for prolonged periods of time can cause ulcers to form. Though poor circulation, either venous or arterial, are the main factors.
Are Leg Venous Ulcers Dangerous?
Most of the time venous leg ulcers are just uncomfortable, if not irritating. The most common danger that has been encountered by these sores is due more infection. Leg ulcers require constant care and attention. They return persistently and, if venous disease is not kept under control, they can develop bacterial infections, which may in rare cases lead to amputation.
How Do I Treat Venous Leg Ulcers?
Michael Bardwil, M.D. states, “Treatment of the venous leg ulcers needs to be tailored to the particular cause. The best course of action is to see your doctor and let them evaluate you or ask your doctor to refer you to an expert in treating them. Venous leg ulcers are treated with compression dressings impregnated with medication, which also aid healing, reduce edema (swelling) and prevent inflammation.”
Don’t give up! Leg ulcers are very persistent; they keep coming back and do not let up easily. With attention and care, however, they can be beaten.
Dr. Bardwil at Texas Vein and Cosmetic Specialists in Houston has extensive experience diagnosing and treating leg ulcers. Call today for an initial evaluation. We can help!