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WOUNDS IN DIABETIC

Discussion in 'Other Health Conditions and Diabetes' started by khainza, Sep 7, 2013.

  1. khainza

    khainza · Newbie

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    HULLO MEMBER, I AM FROM UGANDA. I HAVE AN AUNT WHO IS DIABETIC. SHE HAS DEVELOPED A WOUND THAT
    WE ARE TRYING TO MANAGE.

    IN TREATING SUCH WOUNDS, DO YOU NEED TO COVER THEM?

    WHAT IS NORMALLY THE RECOMMENDED DRUGS FOR DIABETIC WOUNDS.

    THANKS SO MUCH
     
  2. LittleGreyCat

    LittleGreyCat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Please note that we are not doctors, just people with diabetes.

    Wounds - as far as I am aware - are treated exactly the same if you are diabetic or non-diabetic.

    Reduced ability to heal can be a side effect of poor blood glucose control which impairs the immune system.

    So the best approach for a diabetic - especially with problems such as ulcers to the feet and legs - is to improve blood glucose control.

    This may include eating less carbohydrates and eating less food generally if the diabetic is over weight.

    This is a UK group, so we cannot really give any advice about drugs available in another country.

    We certainly can't give advice about treating wounds - this should be for your local doctor or nurse.

    Sorry I cannot be more help.

    LGC
     
  3. RLightning

    RLightning Parent · Active Member

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    I have some wounds that last over a week. so i just put gauze so that it will not get dirty .
     
  4. Westie2

    Westie2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Following on from LGC's very sensible comments I would like to add. Diabetics who develop a wound should seek expert advice to ensure that the appropriate healing environment can be provided and prevent an acute wound becoming chronic.
    The use of gauze or a dry dressing has limited use, since they can stick to the wound and then damage any new tissue on removal, any wounds a diabetic develops on their feet must be treated by a specialist.

    Modern wound management uses dressings designed to provide an ideal environment for moist wound healing to occur. The dressing does not heal the wound, but assists the body to heal. Diabetics need to ensure their BG are controlled and that blood circulation is encouraged.
    A full assessment of any wound is important in order to develop a care plan. Dressings do NOT need to be changed frequently as most are designed to be left in place for at least 7 days to provide the best environment for healing to occur.

    So going back to the op it is important to obtain specialist advice to ensure an appropriate healing environment.


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  5. Mud Island Dweller

    Mud Island Dweller Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    In Uganda that is probably not that easy to get advice and environment. Keep it clean keep an eye on diet. Message sent to you in PVT.
     
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