Trophic Ulcer

Trophic ulcers are ulcers caused due to an external injury, mostly below the knee, with poor healing due to defective vascular or nerve supply. They are slow in healing. They are more prevalent among people with diabetes. They also occur in varicose veins, thrombophlebitis, burns, radiation exposure, peripheral nerve disease, pressure sores, etc. Although they commonly occur in the lower limbs due to slowed blood flow, they can occur in other parts of the body. Trophic ulcers are recurrent with poor healing, tissue loss, and deep scar formation. Initially, they begin as swelling with itching, pigmentation, and skin thinning. Later they ulcerate, bleed, and are painful to touch. Treatment options include medications, elastic compression, physiotherapy, laser coagulation, radiofrequency treatment, etc.

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Is herpes zoster dangerous?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother was diagnosed to have herpes zoster. Also, her doctor says that the herpes has caused ulcers. I would like to know in how much time it will heal? Is herpes zoster a dangerous one?  Read Full »

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you know, Herpes zoster is a viral infection. It takes 7 to 10 days for the lesions to heal. But, in patients who are diabetic, old age, secondarily infected and with an incomplete antiviral dose or seropositive it can take up to 15 days to get cured. In elderl...  Read Full »

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