Leg ulcer explained 

Regular feature #3

Good morning everyone, today is a beautiful day.

Below is a brief explanation of what I’ve got on my leg however all the treatment don’t seem to be working.

A leg ulcer is a long-lasting (chronic) sore that takes more than four to six weeks to heal. They usually develop on the inside of the leg, just above the ankle.

The symptoms of a venous leg ulcer include pain, itching and swelling in the affected leg. There may also be discoloured or hardened skin around the ulcer, and the sore may produce a foul-smelling discharge.Venous leg ulcers can develop after a minor injury, where persistently high pressure in the veins of the legs has damaged the skin.


 

Treatment usually involves:

  • cleaning and dressing the wound
  • using compression, such as bandages or stockings, to improve the flow of blood in the legs

However, unless the underlying cause of the ulcer is addressed, there’s a high risk of a venous leg ulcer recurring after treatment. Underlying causes could include immobility, obesity, previous DVT, or varicose veins.

Today I have had my leg redressed and clean stockings put on. There is no real improvement so the nurse has changed which dressing I have on. She has taken the pb7 zinc bandages off and we are now using aquacel foam pads to try and dry it up.

** WARNING ***

Image below is of my leg today and I hope those view this have a string stomach.


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