Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Ulcer Home Care

Home care for a skin ulcer includes:

  • Perform wound care as directed by your doctor.
  • Clean the wound each time the dressing is changed.
  • Clean the skin gently:
    • Use mild soap and water.
    • Do not scrub the skin.
    • Dry the skin.
    • Apply an antibiotic ointment.
  • Do not use skin cleansers: these can harm the delicate skin.
  • Keep clothing off the skin surface.
  • Reduce pressure on the ulcer:
    • Change position in bed frequently.
    • Use egg-crate mattress covers.
    • Apply protective padding over the ulcer.
  • Take a whirlpool bath once a day.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Skin Ulcer Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a skin ulcer and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Skin Ulcer References
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