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 wound care:
- Daily gentle cleansing of the ulcer
- Whirlpool baths for skin ulcers
- Protective bandages for skin ulcers
- Protective splints for skin ulcers
- Protective pads for skin ulcers
- Oral antibiotics for skin ulcers:
- Selection may be guided by culturing the skin to identify the organisms causing the infection
- Cefepime (Maxipime)
- Dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen)
- Cephalexin (Keflex, Biocef)
- Amoxicillin and clavulanate (Augmentin, Augmentin XR)
- Clindamycin (Cleocin)
- Sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (Bactrim, Bactrim DS, Cotrim, Septra, Septra DS)
- Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- Cefazolin (Ancef, Kefzol, Zolicef)
- Nafcillin (Unipen)
- Ceftazidime (Ceptaz, Fortaz, Tazicef, Tazidime)
- Ampicillin and sulbactam (Unasyn)
- Imipenem and cilastatin (Primaxin)
- Linezolid (Zyvox)
- Ertapenem (Invanz)
- Vancomycin (Lyphocin, Vancocin, Vancoled)
- Metronidazole (Flagyl)
- Topical antibiotics for skin ulcers:
- Debridement of skin ulcer:
- Removal of dead tissue from the ulcer
- Surgery for skin ulcers
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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