Venous Ulcer Specialist

Venous Ulcer Q & A

What Is a Venous Ulcer? 

Ulcer is the term medical professionals use to describe open sores, either on the skin or on the lining of the stomach. Venous ulcers are caused by poor leg circulation and are prevalent among older men and women. Without medical intervention, ulcers can lead to serious health issues.

Risk factors for contracting venous ulcers include:

  • Varicose veins
  • Obesity
  • Prior leg injury
  • Smoking
  • Phlebitis (vein inflammation)
  • Blood clots

What Are the Symptoms of a Venous Ulcer?

If you notice a break in the skin on your leg or ankle, that’s a sign you may have the beginnings of a venous ulcer. Other symptoms:

  • Odor emanating from the affected area
  • Burning or itching sensation
  • Dry, flaky skin rash
  • Discoloration of skin

Signs of an infected venous ulcer include: pus, redness, swelling, pain, and excessive heat/fever on the ankle or leg. Reach out to the experienced team at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center to address the infection and start you on the road to healing the venous ulcer(s).

What Are the Treatments for Venous Ulcers? 

Initially your doctor will clean the affected area, making sure to remove debris and dead skin tissue. This aids in the healing process and ensures an infection will not develop. If the area is already infected, your medical professional will prescribe a course of antibiotics. After cleaning, a bandage is applied over the ulcer to give the skin and tissue a chance to heal, without risking infection.

The timetable for recovery depends on the size and depth of the ulcer along with other factors such as age, overall health profile, and level of activity. Wearing compression socks promotes proper circulation which speeds the healing process as well. While seated, it’s important to keep your leg elevated. Leg elevation during venous ulcer treatment does two things: It increases blood flow and it reduces swelling. This combination is a must for anyone committed to effective treatment of venous ulcers.

Finally, some patients opt for surgery to address the underlying cause of venous ulcers. Surgery, when done by qualified and experienced medical professionals, both heals and prevents ulcers.

Our treatment plans are tailored to the unique needs of each patient we serve at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center. Reach out to us to begin your journey to healthy circulation.

Venous Ulcer Q & A

What Is a Venous Ulcer? 

Ulcer is the term medical professionals use to describe open sores, either on the skin or on the lining of the stomach. Venous ulcers are caused by poor leg circulation and are prevalent among older men and women. Without medical intervention, ulcers can lead to serious health issues.

Risk factors for contracting venous ulcers include:

  • Varicose veins
  • Obesity
  • Prior leg injury
  • Smoking
  • Phlebitis (vein inflammation)
  • Blood clots

What Are the Symptoms of a Venous Ulcer?

If you notice a break in the skin on your leg or ankle, that’s a sign you may have the beginnings of a venous ulcer. Other symptoms:

  • Odor emanating from the affected area
  • Burning or itching sensation
  • Dry, flaky skin rash
  • Discoloration of skin

Signs of an infected venous ulcer include: pus, redness, swelling, pain, and excessive heat/fever on the ankle or leg. Reach out to the experienced team at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center to address the infection and start you on the road to healing the venous ulcer(s).

What Are the Treatments for Venous Ulcers? 

Initially your doctor will clean the affected area, making sure to remove debris and dead skin tissue. This aids in the healing process and ensures an infection will not develop. If the area is already infected, your medical professional will prescribe a course of antibiotics. After cleaning, a bandage is applied over the ulcer to give the skin and tissue a chance to heal, without risking infection.

The timetable for recovery depends on the size and depth of the ulcer along with other factors such as age, overall health profile, and level of activity. Wearing compression socks promotes proper circulation which speeds the healing process as well. While seated, it’s important to keep your leg elevated. Leg elevation during venous ulcer treatment does two things: It increases blood flow and it reduces swelling. This combination is a must for anyone committed to effective treatment of venous ulcers.

Finally, some patients opt for surgery to address the underlying cause of venous ulcers. Surgery, when done by qualified and experienced medical professionals, both heals and prevents ulcers.

Our treatment plans are tailored to the unique needs of each patient we serve at GulfCoast Vein and Laser Center. Reach out to us to begin your journey to healthy circulation.

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