Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Skin Ulcer Treatment

Treatment for a skin ulcer depends on the size, depth, and location of the skin ulcer. General measures focus on reducing pressure against the ulcer and keeping it clean. Treatment for a skin ulcer may include protective bandages or splints, antibiotic cream or ointment, oral antibiotics, and whirlpool baths. Additional treatment may include surgery to remove infected tissue from the ulcer.

Treatment for a skin ulcer may include:

Skin Ulcer Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of skin ulcer.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for another skin ulcer?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

Skin Ulcer Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a skin ulcer:

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Last Updated: Jun 14, 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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  2. Frank C. Approach to skin ulcers in older patients. Can Fam Physician. 2004 Dec;50:1653-9. [15648380]
  3. Jones JE, Nelson EA. Skin grafting for venous leg ulcers. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005 Jan 25;(1):CD001737. [15674883]
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