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Caring for Your Ulcers

Healthy skin is a natural barrier that prevents infection. A break in your skin makes it possible for germs to enter your body. Covering your wound will help to keep it clean and heal faster. What Will Your Nurse Show You? How to take care of your dressing When and how to change your dressing…

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How to Avoid Amputation

Did You Know? Each year many people with diabetes have their limbs removed. In 2010, there were 73,000 amputations performed on people with diabetes.1 About 60 to 70 percent of diabetic patients have nerve problems.2 Nerve problem is common in people with diabetes. The nerve problem can cause pain or there may be no feeling…

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Infection Prevention and Management

Your skin protects the inside of your body from germs that cannot be seen. Germs can cause infection if you have a break in the skin. You can also get an infection in your bone. This is called osteomyelitis. Anyone Can Get an Infection People with diabetes Children having a growth spurt People with open…

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A Guide to Pain Control

Don’t Put Up With Pain A wound can often be painful. Doctors who work in wound care can help prevent or relieve the pain that may come from a problem wound. Wound Pain Management: What Are the Options? There are several things to consider in helping to prevent and control pain. Some methods involve taking…

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Charcot Joint Disease

What is Charcot Joint Disease? Charcot Joint Disease is the abnormal changing of the bones of the feet. The disease was first talked about in the late 1800s by a French physician, Dr. J.M. Charcot. People who had no feeling in their feet were known to have changes in their foot bones. Diabetics were more…

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Skin Care and Wound Healing

Skin Care Do’s Check your skin daily for dryness, cracks, sores, bruises, reddened areas, and blisters. Have someone help you or check for you if you are unable to do it yourself. Treat the skin gently without stretching, tugging or pulling on it unnecessarily. Cleanse the skin with a mild, pH-balanced product. Use warm to…

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Wound Debridement

What is Debridement? Debridement is the process of removing dead tissue from wounds. The dead tissue may be black, gray, yellow, tan, or white. Foreign material may also be on the wound. It may need to be removed. Your wound care doctor will let you know if dead tissue needs to be removed from your…

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Smoking and Wound Healing

How Does Smoking Affect Wound Healing? Cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine causes your arteries to become narrow. It can also cause your arteries to go into spasm. When this happens, the oxygen and nutrients carried in your blood cannot get to your wound. Oxygen and nutrients are needed for your wound to heal. A wound that…

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