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Why you need to know your leg ulcers

With an growing aging population and a rocketing number of patients with diabetes, pharmacists are likely to see more and more people with leg ulcers.

 

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There are four types — venous, arterial, pressure and diabetic — but combination ulcers can also exist.

This article describes the characteristics of different types of leg ulcer, looks at how they are diagnosed, and discusses their management. Accurate diagnosis is essential because the wrong treatment could be dangerous.

Management has three main areas of focus: wound care, managing underlying causes (which includes compression therapy) and alleviating any pain — all issues that you could be asked about.

The article also discusses infection and tips you can give to your patients to help them maintain healthy legs.

To read the full article download the attached PDF.

The author

Lynda Steer is a freelance writer

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11125830

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