Venous Leg Ulcers

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Topic Title: Venous Leg Ulcers
Created On: 02/01/2010 07:50 AM

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 05/18/2010 01:44 PM

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hillaryhoffman

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Hi Mwalimu,

It can certainly be difficult to decide on a course of action when there's a lack of reputable doctors to give you advice. To treat a bacterial infection with antibiotics, it's helpful to know what type of bacteria are present in your ulcer. Different antibiotics are active against different types of bacteria (which is probably why the tetracycline did not work for you, while the generic gentamicin did).

There have been some studies about using honey to treat leg ulcers, but the results are not all very promising. Also, the studies that found that honey was effective used a special type of sterilized honey, not the normal type you buy in a store. As this article says: "It could be disastrous if people treated wounds with ordinary honey, because it has not been sterilised or standardised,” warns Dr Cooper. “Clostridia bacteria, present in some honeys, can cause gangrene.”

I would suggest that you focus on trying to find an appropriate doctor and antibiotic for your infection. Good luck!

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Mwalimu

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Hi I am a 61 year old male who has been suffering with leg ulcers for over the past year; I live in Kenya where I have to say the affordable medical treatment available leaves a lot to be desired, unless you are wealthy and can afford private medical treatment. I was diagnosed with DVT about 2 years ago which, because of the swelling caused lesions on the skin which became infected and then developed into leg ulcers. The first doctor, (well I assume he was a doctor) told me to use tetracycline, this was of no use whatsoever, so after 6 months of this I decided to look for alternative treatments. I started with gentamicin ointment fortunately there was a generic version available in Kenya because the branded version is simply not affordable, this seemed to help some what, well at least it stopped them getting any larger and cleared up any infection, but unfortunately the supply of this antibiotic is no longer available here, and I can’t find an alternative ointment so I am taking flucloxacillin, and I have started a new treatment after browsing the WEB, I am trying honey. I have only just started using it so I cant say yet if it is going to be useful. I would be interested to hear form anyone who has used this type of treatment for leg ulcers.



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