Alternative methods for healing a leg ulcer

Written by heather robson | 13/05/2017
Alternative methods for healing a leg ulcer
Improving your exercise routine can help prevent leg ulcers. (Getty Creative)

Leg ulcers form when you are not getting sufficient blood flow to the legs. Your skin cells break down, and an open wound forms on the leg. Leg ulcers are unsightly and can be painful. They also put you at risk for infection. Problems with the immune system and with insulin resistance can also trigger the formation of leg ulcers.

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Treat the root cause of leg ulcers to heal and prevent recurrences. Leg ulcers don't form because there is a problem with your skin. A deeper problem is affecting the health of your skin. It might be high blood pressure, poor circulation, an overactive immune system or diabetes.

Better weight management, a healthier diet, and a sensible exercise plan can improve all the conditions that lead to leg ulcers.

Begin improving your diet by eating more fruits and vegetables and by increasing your fibre intake. Rather than snacking on crisps or cheese and crackers, choose fruit paired with a slice of cheese or a handful of nuts. Vegetables paired with a small serving of low-fat dip are also good.

To start a healthy exercise program, begin walking for 10 to 20 minutes after meals. Once you are able to walk for 20 minutes without difficulty, add in more strenuous exercise like an aerobics class, biking or running.

When you begin eating healthier and exercising more, weight loss follows naturally.

Supplements

Supplement with vitamins and herbs that support your circulation and immune system, thus helping leg ulcers to heal. Vitamin C supports skin cell health. Taking between 500 and 3000 mg daily can help prevent leg ulcers and aid the healing of existing ulcers.

Evening primrose oil also promotes healing and can help relieve inflammation. Take 500 mg two times a day.

A garlic supplement can help to improve blood pressure and circulation. Garlic supplement potency varies depending on the brand of supplement you choose, so follow the dosing recommendations on the bottle.

Supplementing with coenzyme Q10 supports the health of tissues throughout your body, and can help improve leg ulcers. Take 50 to 100 mg daily.

Topical help

Use topical creams to further help leg ulcers to heal. These creams may provide relief from itching and pain as well as helping to speed healing. Choose a topical cream that contains zinc oxide. Smear the cream onto a gauze bandage and apply the bandage to the ulcer. Change the dressing as needed, and continue to treat the leg ulcer in this manner for up to eight weeks.

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