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2023 Author: Alfred Shackley | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 13:14
When it comes to a trophic ulcer, it immediately means "on the leg." Very rarely, it manifests itself in a different location. The defect is initially a small open wound, which, if not treated in time, leads to the destruction of the deeper layers of the mucous membrane and nerve endings.
Everything is aggravated by pathological vascular processes and, as a consequence, a violation of the general blood flow. It is not uncommon for an infection to penetrate inside, causing the formation of pus. The healing of such ulcers is a long and painful process. Their location, external signs, speed of cure, depend on the cause.
From what trophic ulcers appear on the legs
Medical statistics claims that, in percentage terms, the causes of trophic ulcers are as follows:
- a consequence of varicose veins of the legs - 52%;
- violation of arterial blood flow - 14%;
- problems with veins and arteries - 13%;
- the consequences of thrombophlebitis - 7%;
- lower limb injuries - 6%;
- complications of diabetes mellitus - 5%;
- neurotrophic nature of occurrence (head or spine injury) - 1%;
- unknown reasons - 2%.
For atherosclerosis of the lower extremities, ulcers are characteristic of the soft tissues of the foot. Typically, the walls of the arteries first thicken, leading to vasoconstriction. Several decades ago, elderly people suffered from this, but now the disease is noticeably younger. An ulcer does not appear on its own, but if you accidentally injure your leg, the process is started.
In a similar way, non-healing trophic ulcers appear in diabetes mellitus, with the only difference that the person does not feel pain (the nerve endings are atrophied). However, the result can be disastrous - gangrene, amputation of the limbs.
An ulcer of a neurotrophic nature is not felt, which affects the thumb or heel area.
Trophic ulcers caused by chronic hypertension bring great suffering to the patient. They occur very rarely, but they affect both legs at once, starting from the middle of the lower leg and below. As a rule, they slowly cover an increasing area of the legs and are easily prone to infections. Injuries of the lower extremities include stab wounds, burns, frostbite, which also lead to disruption of blood flow, metabolism, and, therefore, the emergence of difficult-to-heal wounds - trophic ulcers.
Trophic ulcer on the leg: treatment with folk remedies
It is clear that a trophic ulcer is not a separate disease, but a consequence of protracted chronic diseases. Of course, treatment should begin with finding out the cause, and this is the prerogative of doctors: phlebologists, surgeons. However, the patient himself can help drug or surgical treatment, because our ancestors have accumulated many popular effective recipes that have not lost their effectiveness today. Sometimes they are even more effective than pharmaceutical preparations.
I must say that there is no need in the treatment of folk remedies to know the true cause of the appearance of skin lesions. After all, we need funds that have anti-inflammatory, wound healing, antiseptic properties. First, an open wound needs to be washed.
To do this, you can take either the juice of medicinal plants (vegetables), or an aqueous infusion. Suitable vegetables include potatoes, pumpkin, black radish, and cabbage. Their juice is used for washing, and the gruel is used for compresses.
Aloe, Kalanchoe, burdock, plantain are well disinfected. Compresses from the juice of the above plants have a disinfecting, drying, wound healing effect. It is not uncommon when recipes for alternative medicine recommend combining the juice of a medicinal plant with honey or vegetable oil. This mixture is used as an ointment or compress from grated raw potatoes, radish, pumpkin.
There is an opinion that a trophic ulcer cannot be wetted, because all treatment is reduced to the fact that it dries up faster, "closes". However, the sick still have to wash, and there is nothing wrong with the tap water getting on the sore spot. After that, it is better to rinse with herbal infusion. To prepare a healing antiseptic infusion, take a leaf of lilac, strawberry, chamomile, celandine, string, comfrey. They are used alone or collected from 2-3 plants.
As a sorbent, birch ash is more often used, which is sprinkled with an ulcer after washing. Some sources all recommend using ash from different tree species or walnut ash. Applying a linen cloth soaked in tree resin is an alternative to pharmacy antibacterial agents.
The use of folk remedies at different stages of treatment
The healing process is further complicated by the fact that it requires the patient to remove the load from the lower extremities as much as possible, to keep them in an elevated position for more time. The first 2 weeks will have to work hard, washing the wounds 3-4 times daily.
A water infusion is prepared simply:
- You need to take 1 tablespoon of raw materials in a glass of boiling water.
- Cover the dishes with the drug, leave to cool completely.
- If horsetail or oak bark is used, then 1, 5 tbsp. l., boil for 15 minutes.
After rinsing, a disinfecting procedure for irrigating with juice or applying cakes from chopped vegetables is useful. It is better not to limit yourself to one of the plants for this purpose, but alternate them every 5-7 days, applying twice daily.
After a two-hour compress, it is advisable to rinse again with the herbal infusion, which at first should be more concentrated, dry it gently with a napkin and sprinkle it with a thin layer of sorbent. At night, for convenience, you can make a compress from ash water. To do this, insist 100 g of ash in boiling water, with a volume of 1 liter.
When the wound looks like a torn bloody-purulent mess, you can simply apply a leaf of cabbage, golden mustache, aloe after careful washing with a disinfectant.
- Cabbage and a golden mustache should be slightly crushed, the latter should even be torn beforehand so that the juice stands out.
- Rinse the aloe well and cut lengthwise, removing the side thorns.
- All this is laid out on the painful part of the leg, covered with a sterile napkin, and tied with a bandage.
- Leave it on throughout the night.
The treatment is long-lasting, but effective.
After a month or two of such procedures, the wound will be cleansed of pus, scabs, and will begin to tighten. Now you can start using homemade ointments, because a partially healed wound is already easier to rub with an oily substance.
It is better to do this in the morning and in the evening, changing the bandages twice.
- To prepare a recipe for celandine oil, 3 bushes of the plant are taken along with the roots.
- They need to be washed, dried during the day, then chopped (broken), filled with vegetable oil (1, 5 cups).
- Bringing all this to a boil, remove from heat, wrap up for 12 hours.
- Lubricate the wound twice a day with strained oil.
Already healed wounds should be rubbed for some time with sea buckthorn oil or oil infused with walnuts. The nuts will be completely used: chop the kernels, pour in vegetable oil, insist, shaking occasionally, for 12 days, and burn the shell - there will be ash for powdering the wound.
A mixture of butter with propolis gives a good result. The tool can be multicomponent when equal parts of honey, oil, propolis, garlic are mixed.
What determines the results and are there any contraindications
If the wound is no more than 2 cm in diameter, then after 10-15 days the result will be visible - overgrowth has begun.
For complete closure of a trophic ulcer in difficult cases, it takes 2-3 months or more. But at this stage, you can already increase the load, leave the bandage for a long time.
There is only one contraindication - individual intolerance to any herbal component. If you are allergic to honey, then it will not be difficult to do without it. Among the many folk remedies, there is always a choice of how to treat.
You can not use long-term baths from medicinal infusions with lowered legs. If it is not possible to immerse the sore spot, it is better to apply a compress. Success provides a comprehensive treatment, including fortifying agents, diet, control over loads for the legs, and traditional methods.
It is worth noting that as a general tonic, you can also take recipes from traditional medicine. It would be nice, in addition to external remedies, to consume fresh yarrow juice in an incomplete glass a day, divided into 3 doses.