Skin grafting can be an effective treatment for a large,
venous skin ulcer. A skin graft stimulates healing by
triggering skin cell growth in the wound site. Various types of tissue are
used for skin grafting, including:
A dressing derived from one's own skin cells,
called an autograft, placed on the wound. Other types of
autograft (called split- or partial-thickness skin grafts) graft skin from one
part of the body to another.
bioengineered human skin equivalent, or allograft.
Preserved animal skin, often from a pig,
called a xerograft.
If you have a long-standing venous skin ulcer, discuss skin
grafting with your doctor. Depending on your condition, you may be
a candidate for this type of treatment. But there are no guarantees that
skin grafting will work for you.
Where in your community can you find the drug-resistant staph germs known as
MRSA? The surprising answer: They're closer than you may think.
With all the buzz about MRSA
(methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), it's easy to
forget there really are two MRSA epidemics going on at the same time.
By far the largest epidemic is going on inside hospitals and other health
care facilities. The staph bug causing these infections resists treatment with
a broad range of antibiotics. Because it...