Skin Ulcers

Also indexed as:Leg Ulcer, Pressure Ulcers, Venous Ulcer, Bedsores, Decubitus Ulcer, Skin Ulcer
Soothe and heal the sores on your skin for more comfort and fewer infections. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Soothe and heal the sores on your skin for more comfort and fewer infections. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Apply an OTC treatment

    Control infection with an over-the-counter topical antibiotic with bacitracin (AK-tracin), bacitracin and polymyxin B (Polysporin), or a combination of bacitracin, polymyxin B, and neomycin (Neosporin)

  • Seek support from C

    Take 1,000 mg of vitamin C every day to speed healing

  • Go for the protein

    Help prevent and heal skin ulcers by eating a diet high in protein and adequate in calories

  • Think zinc

    Under the supervision of a doctor, take at least 50 mg of a zinc supplement, plus 1 to 3 mg of copper, each day to facilitate tissue growth

  • Talk to your doctor

    Ask about prescription-strength topical antibiotics, such as metronidazole (MetroGel) and mupirocin (Bactroban), to treat infections associated with skin ulcers

  • Get a checkup

    Visit your healthcare provider to find out if your skin ulcers are caused by a treatable medical condition

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