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How do you prevent venous skin ulcers?

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There are a variety of ways you can prevent venous skin ulcers through lifestyle changes, diet or medication. You might:

  • Quit smoking
  • Lose weight
  • Control chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Take aspirin to prevent blood clots
  • Reduce the amount of salt in your diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Wear compression stockings
  • Keep your legs elevated when you can

From: What Is a Venous Skin Ulcer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Venous Ulcers.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Lower Extremity Ulcers.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Venous ulcers.”

The Circulation Foundation: “Leg ulcers.”

National Health Service (UK): “Venous leg ulcer.”

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality: “Chronic Venous Ulcers: A Comparative Effectiveness Review of Treatment Modalities.”

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: “Malignant transformation of leg ulcers: a retrospective study of 85 cases.”

Radiologyinfo.org: “Phlebitis: Definition.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Venous Ulcers.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Lower Extremity Ulcers.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Venous ulcers.”

The Circulation Foundation: “Leg ulcers.”

National Health Service (UK): “Venous leg ulcer.”

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality: “Chronic Venous Ulcers: A Comparative Effectiveness Review of Treatment Modalities.”

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: “Malignant transformation of leg ulcers: a retrospective study of 85 cases.”

Radiologyinfo.org: “Phlebitis: Definition.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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