Wound Care

 
 

What can cause Ulcer? 

  •  Poor circulation, often caused by arteriosclerosis
  • Venous insufficiency (a failure of the valves in the veins of the leg that causes congestion and slowing of blood circulation in the veins)
  • Other disorders of clotting and circulation that may or may not be related to atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Renal (kidney) failure
  • Hypertension (treated or untreated)
  • Lymphedema (a buildup of fluid that causes swelling in the legs or feet)
  • Inflammatory diseases including vasculitis, lupus, scleroderma or other rheumatological conditions
  • Other medical conditions such as high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, sickle cell anemia, bowel disorders
  • History of smoking (either current or past)
  • Pressure caused by lying in one position for too long
  • Genetics (ulcers may be hereditary)
  • A malignancy (tumor or cancerous mass)
  • Infections
  • Certain medications

How can ulcers be prevented?

Controlling risk factors can help you prevent ulcers from developing or getting worse. Here are some ways to reduce your risk factors:

  • Controlling risk factors can help you prevent ulcers from developing or getting worse. Here are some ways to reduce your risk factors:
  • Quit smoking
  • Manage your blood pressure
  • Control your blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels by making dietary changes and taking medications as prescribed
  • Limit your intake of sodium
  • Manage your diabetes and other health conditions, if applicable
  • Exercise – start a walking program after speaking with your doctor
  • Lose weight if you are overweight