What is a skin ulcer?
A skin ulcer is an open wound on the skin. It can be caused by infections, pressure sores, or by vein problems. Treatments will depend on the cause and location of the ulcer. The most common type, venous skin ulcers, are shallow wounds which occur when the leg veins do not return blood back to the heart properly. These ulcers usually form below the knee.
What causes a skin ulcer?
Venous skin ulcers are caused by inadequate blood circulation. In venous insufficiency, the valves have been damaged and blood is now backing up and pooling inside the vein. Fluid can then leak out and into the surrounding tissues, resulting in the breakdown of the tissue and formation of an ulcer. Those with increased risk of these ulcers include:
What are other types of skin ulcers?
In addition to venous skin ulcers, other types that can occur include:
How are these ulcers treated?
Conservative treatments include improving blood circulation:
The physician will perform a debridement to excise dead tissue from the wound. After the ulcer has healed, compression socks should still be worn, removed for bathing and sleeping. Additional treatments, if required, may include:
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