Ulcer on my ankle.
On May 8th, I caught my ankle on the edge of one of Eris'c saw's and got a tiny cut from it. I cleaned it and didn't even bother with a dressing as it was so small. It has never healed and now there is a hole and it's causing me untold pain, especially when I am in bed at night. I went to the Doctors at the end of June and he gave me anti biotics and some anti b cream, also he sent me for a blood test to see if I was dietbetic and that came back clear.
The hole is now getting bigger and I wondered if any of you knew of any treatments I could try.
 

val2661

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Ulcer on my ankle.
Sharon you definitely need to get this checked out. Similar happened with my sister a couple of years ago and she ended up with a huge ulcer. Compression dressings are what she had to have and after about 9 months eventually it healed. Please, please get to the hospital to get this sorted.

Val
 
Ulcer on my ankle.
Yes, go to the hospital. Ulcers do take ages to heal as the others have said but when I was nursing I remember a lady whose ulcer never healed and they said it was because she 'didn't eat her greens.' Sounds a bit old wives tale but here it is true. Eat plenty of spinach and broccoli (dark green) and it will help the healing process.
 
Ulcer on my ankle.
Sharon,
Have a look at active Manuka Honey on the internet.

This is what I use but it can be a bit painful when you first use it.

I have tried all sorts of dressings I got my ulcer in a simular way to you but now Mine breaks down after a few years and I have to start again.

Best advise if you can get to a ulcer clinic do so.

But Like I have stated I put Manuka Honey as the best to clean and treat the infection. use grade 15 upwards 25 if you can find it.

You should also take the full coarse and may be a further coarse of anti biotics
 
Ulcer on my ankle.
Thanks for your reply's. My Doctor here in Bulgaria didn't seem too worried about it but I expect he will go ballistic when he see's it now. I will go and see him and get it sorted. I am not able to sleep at all because the pain seems to come while I'm resting.
I will check out the honey Boltonborn and I have also read that toothpaste or a slice of onion helps. I will try anything at this point. 3 different anti biotic creams have not helped so maybe something from the kitchen will.
 

val2661

Member
Ulcer on my ankle.
My mum had one for years after catching hers in a similar way. All types of treatment failed until she had her varicose veins done and low and behold the ulcer cleared up never to bother her again. Please go and see your doctor as soon as possible and don't get fobbed off.

Val
 
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Kingfisher

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Ulcer on my ankle.
Do not neglect it. My partner had an itchy boil that he let get infected and it was then touch and go for surgery. Luckily 3 weeks of boric acid poured into the wound and twice daily intra-muscular antibiotic injections saved the sıtuation in extremis but the doctors were extremely worried and a whole lot of hassle which he could have spared himself had he got it treated correctly before it created an infected wound.
 

tjd

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Ulcer on my ankle.
Thanks for your reply's. My Doctor here in Bulgaria didn't seem too worried about it but I expect he will go ballistic when he see's it now. I will go and see him and get it sorted. I am not able to sleep at all because the pain seems to come while I'm resting.
I will check out the honey Boltonborn and I have also read that toothpaste or a slice of onion helps. I will try anything at this point. 3 different anti biotic creams have not helped so maybe something from the kitchen will.

Don't try onions or toothpaste on it, get off to the doctors now. Ulcers are seriously difficult to get resolved and can last for many months/years.

You need proper medical treatment for this and if your local doctor doesn't help go to another.
 

jaimie

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Ulcer on my ankle.
Hospital ASAP, also quite gross this one but it does work (seriously) - maggots! They eat the infected areas, it has to be done under a doctors supervision (so they don't start on the good stuff) but will clear the infection in double quick time, I have an aunt who will not use this treatment, but has suffered from an ulcer on her leg for years. I know which one I would choose even though the thought of is is quite repugnant.

Good luck.
 

qwerty

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Ulcer on my ankle.
my dad got an ulcer on his lower leg, just above his ankle several years after having his veins removed.
ended up having his leg amputated from the knee down.
defo go for the maggots
 
Ulcer on my ankle.
I have been told about Maggots before Jamie by my pal Ellen. I will go to the Clinic in Yambol and take it from there. I hope they know what they are doing, like I said before the Doc didn't seem too worried so I hope the clinic will take more notice. I can't get there until Monday but I will buy a compression sock tomorrow and put that on for now.
Thanks again for your reply's, much appreciated.
 

Sunny Seasider

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Ulcer on my ankle.
Sharon. as others have advised please get it checked out.
My friend is a type 1 diabetic and has to have her feet seen to regularly, one of the side effects, she got an ulcerated toe in June and has had to have most of toes and the underside of her foot amputated, very extreme case, after he op she had to have a bag of maggots on it for 4 days!, and she is still having treatment with a vacum drain in to helpt it heal.

Please treat this as urgent priority on yourself.
 
Ulcer on my ankle.
Sharon, my father suffered from a terrible ulcer on his leg. The doctor tried lots of different things but nothing helped. Finally one of his carers brought some horse chestnut drops - from the herbal shop. Apparently they tasted awful - but after some time they did the trick and the ulcer started to heal. My aunt subsequently tried the horse chestnut remedy and it worked for her too. Good luck and hope you get it seen to before it gets worse.
 
Ulcer on my ankle.
I would not advise you to use compression stockings unless you have been medically prescribed them,,as a qualified nurse i would advise you to seek medical help,,as others have stated ulcers are notoriously hard to heal and can reoccur,,without seeing it,,it is impossible to advise you of the correct treatment,,,but first look to see if it is clean or sluffy,,if it has greeny gunge that needs to be cleared up before it will start to heal,, you might need to pack the hole with thin gauze and a cleaning agent,,wounds heal from the inside outwards,,if it clean there are dressings available to promote healing,,in UK we use specialist tissue viability nurses to assess and prescribe treatment for ulcers but i dont know if they have these in turkey,,,please seek medical advice asap as this will only go worse without treatment,,,,
 

Akasya

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Ulcer on my ankle.
Until you see your Doc , wash it gently with a shower spray ( disinfect the shower head first ) shower heads can be full of bacteria. Do not touch it or dry it , allow it to air dry. You must obtain from the chemist a non adhering dressing. Apply the dressing without any ointment. Fix a pad over the gauze and apply a bandage or sticking plaster to keep it in place. Change when blood or exudate strikes through.

The dressing is just to keep it clean , cats and other animals must not come into cantact with the wound or your hands , so use surgical gloves.

Please see your Doc asap , it is vey important.

After 5 months of treatment to both legs with a variety of dressings and medications a lovely District Nurse started me on tubes of a manuka honey product , it was applied daily with compression dressing. Manuka honey for medical application is not the same as the stuff sold in food shops.

After three weeks of this i was in compression socks on my way to Turkey...

Never looked back.

Steve.
 
Ulcer on my ankle.
I carnt state strongly enough that compression dressings must only be used under medical advice/supervision (esp in the case of ulcers),,,,it is normal/usual to test the pulses/blood flow in your legs useing a dopla machine prior to prescribing these,,,,,,,,,,,,
 
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