Management of gangrenous wounds in people with diabetes to avoid amputation.
GridHEALTH.id – Gangrene is dead body tissue due to lack of blood flow or a serious bacterial infection.
Gangrene sores are usually found on the fingers or soles of a person’s feet and hands. People with diabetes are at high risk for this condition.
The reason is, high blood sugar levels can damage nerves, causing the injured area to feel numb and unconscious when injured.
High blood sugar levels also affect the blood vessels, so that the blood flow in the body does not run smoothly.
As a result, wounds on the skin take longer to heal and are at risk of infection.
Launch Diabetes.co.ukSaturday (19/02/2022), gangrenous wounds have the following symptoms.
1. Redness in the affected skin area, gradually turning brown or black.
2. Pain that turns into numbness
People with diabetes can experience two types of gangrene wounds, namely dry gangrene and wet gangrene.
Dry gangrene sores are a complication of previous health conditions, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
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Well, this type of dry gangrene wound usually occurs in the first extremities, namely the toes, soles of the feet, and fingers.
While wet gangrene occurs after wounds that occur in the body of people with diabetes have been infected.
This type of gangrene wound can be a threat to people with diabetes who have a compromised immune system, because the body is unable to fight off bacteria, viruses, and others that can cause infection.
In addition, wet gangrenous sores may occur at the site of a foot ulcer, which is a common complication of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
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Gangrene wounds that are not treated immediately can lead to more serious complications Mayo ClinicSaturday (19/02/2022).
The bacteria that infect the wound will spread quickly to other tissues and organs of the body.
If left unchecked, the affected body part of the diabetic may have to be amputated, in order to save his life.
Before this happens, people with diabetes can undergo gangrene wound management in the following ways.
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1. Operation: Gangrenous wounds can be treated surgically by reconstructing the damaged blood vessels.
2. Use of antibiotics: Antibiotic drugs can be used to kill the bacteria that cause gangrene and prevent tissue damage, if the condition is caught early.
3. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: Diabetics can undergo this therapy, namely by forcing oxygen into the damaged cells through the hyperbaric chamber and oxygen cap over the damaged area.
This oxygen therapy, is useful for stimulating healing and the formation of healthy cells.
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