venous leg ulcers

Treat Venous Leg Ulcers Naturally

Venous leg ulcers are caused by blood not flowing properly to the skin of your legs. Blood supply to the skin is crucial and ulcers are a result of poor circulation often due to underlying health conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and high blood pressure. Those with venous leg ulcers will often suffer from varicose eczema first and develop ulcers second.

 

How do I know if I have venous leg ulcers?

  • Stinging leg pain
  • Pitting edema
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Lipodermatosclerosis
  • Small, smooth areas of white skin with small red spots
  • Heavy feeling in the affected leg
  • Aching
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Venous or varicose eczema
  • Open sore on the lower leg or ankle that is sunken, clearly defined and painful.
  • The surrounding skin is intact, inflamed, colored, and hardened.
  • Yellow-white pus

 

How do I prevent getting venous leg ulcers?

  • Keep your legs working by getting regular exercise.
  • Reduce your fat intake.
  • Sit with your legs elevated as much as possible.
  • Avoid sitting cross-legged.
  • If you must stand or sit for long periods of time, shift your stance and walk from time to time.
  • Massage your legs to help improve circulation.
  • Reduce alcohol consumption.

 

How can I treat venous leg ulcers?

  • Lose weight if you are over-weight and work on maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Get control of your blood sugar if you are diabetic.
  • Treat any underlying diseases that could be causing leg ulcers.
  • Take gingko blob to help improve circulation and improve peripheral blood flow to the extremities.
  • Rosemary is known to help dilate and strengthen blood vessels.
  • Increase your Zinc and Vitamin C intake to help promote faster healing.
  • Try phototherapy to help speed along the healing process.
  • Apply colloidal silver topically and take internally to help clear up any infections and keep the wound clean.
  • Try compression treatment with socks and hosiery to help improve circulation.
  • Gently clean the ulcer with warm water then dress with a simple, non-stick pad and wrap in gauze.
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