How to dress a stasis leg ulcer wound

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How to dress a stasis leg ulcer wound
Leg ulcers often develop near the feet. (scarpa image by Cristiano Pugno from

Stasis leg ulcer wounds typically appear low on the legs, near the ankle. If you have a mild to moderate wound you can treat it at home. However, these wounds may become serious and require medical interventions. If home treatment doesn't heal your wound, see a doctor immediately. Leg ulcer wounds are often caused by poorly managed diabetes but can be prevented by keeping skin moist, wearing compression stockings, limiting sodium, controlling cholesterol levels, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising and quitting smoking.

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Things you need

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Gauze bandages
  • Bandage tape
  • Collagen gel

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    Wash the area with soap and water.

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    Apply a layer of petroleum jelly or an antibiotic petroleum jelly product, such as Neosporin.

  3. 3

    Attach a clean gauze bandage to the area. Secure with tape, being careful not to allow the tape to touch the wound.

  1. 1

    Wash the wound with soap and allow to dry.

  2. 2

    Apply a collagen cream or hydrogel dressing to the wound.

  3. 3

    Apply petroleum jelly to the area and secure the area with gauze bandages.

  4. 4

    Wrap the area with compression bandages, or wear compression socks or stockings.

Tips and warnings

  • Seek medical attention if your injury is any worse than mild.
  • Keep your legs elevated.

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