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Chronic Wound Care - What Products do YOU Use?

Posted by @mlemieux, Jan 27, 2016

Hi all,

After 9 years taking care of my wounds myself, i’ve unfortunately become somewhat of a pro at it, BUT now I’m looking for others who have experience trying to heal persistent leg ulcers and to see what medications and/or wound care products do you use??

Among other things, for me and my pain, this combination works very well:

Starting from the wound:
1) Bactigras (prevents sticking/tearing while changing)
2) Biatin IBU (IBU = Ibuprofen for added pain relief)
3) Lightly wrap with 4″ Cling to hold everything in place
4) 2-Layer Coban Compression Wraps (prevents swelling / keeps pressure)

NOTE: Silver & Honey have the most profound skin-healing properties known to man. I don’t have any products listed above with either, this is only because I’m highly allergic to Silver (Go figure) and Honey has proved to cause my wounds pain trying to clean and remove any debris.

Pain Management:
Naproxen 500mg x2/day (swelling)
Ratio-Oxycocet x4-6/day (pain)
Tizanidine 4mg (nerve pain)
Hydromorph Contin 3mg (extreme pain)

Creams:
Some creams are more harmful than intended depending on how often your legs are wrapped up. Like in my case were my legs have been wrapped 24/7 for 9 years now, some creams soften the surrounding skin even more, ultimately worsening the wounds all around. Pay close attention to what creams you use and what they contain.

Please list what you do to help heal your wounds.
Greatly Appreciated!

Martin R. Lemieux
@Martin_Lemieux

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Great list @mlemieux! I’m tagging @gonefishinmt @angelasmom @spence @prairiesmoke @ceejay to see if they’ll share what has worked for them.

This list will also be an incredibly helpful resource for new members joining Connect.

Judging by your avatar, you don’t let this condition slow you down. Great attitude!

Thank you @kelseydm ! It’s a combination list that works best for me after years of trying new methods, not only to help my wounds to heal, but most importantly, to allow some comfort living with this on a daily basis.

Like most people, I’ve battled my up’s and down’s, but now I try to help others with my experience with this type of “suffering” I will say, which has led me down a path to a vast network of knowledge on attempting to heal wounds, among other illnesses (i.e. Factor V (DVT’s/Clotting), LV-Livedoid Vasculopathy).

Thanks for including others in this discussion. I’m curious to see, what, if anything will get posted here. Although, the ‘type’ of healing-management will vary from country to country depending on the resources provided and the health programs available to them, It’s always nice to read success stories and their attempts.

Have a great day!
Martin.

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@kelseydm

Great list @mlemieux! I’m tagging @gonefishinmt @angelasmom @spence @prairiesmoke @ceejay to see if they’ll share what has worked for them.

This list will also be an incredibly helpful resource for new members joining Connect.

Judging by your avatar, you don’t let this condition slow you down. Great attitude!

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What I use for pain and thinning blood are 2 aspirins at bedtime and 2
naproxin sodium or 2 ibuprophin in the morning for pain. I place a small
amount of medihoney (manuka honey/ calcium algenate) on ulcer, cover it
lightly with a piece of Telfa pad (latex free) and slip on a compression
stocking to hold pad in place and keep uniiform pressure on leg from knee
to toes. At night I keep a small piece of old stocking on my ankle to keep
pad in place. I Use a mild vinegar wash when I clean the ulcer daily.
Stress and not eating right are not good for the ulcer. If the pain gets
bad at night I place a bag of frozen peas in a towel and place it over the
ulcer to numb the area. I watch very carefully what new creams that I place
on the skin near the ulcer. It helps to keep skin in the area from getting
dry and flaky. Stay away from creams containing cortisone or its
derivatives because continued use of them thins the skin and weakens the
area, and the area near ulcer will start getting small blood clots that
will break and enlarge ulcer. Standing in one place for very long causes
blood to pool in ankle and foot and can slow healing of ulcer. Driving long
distances in a car does the same thing, so get out and walk about every 100
miles or so. And if your wound specialists tries out sonicater /water
treatment have them make sure they DON’T use something that uses rpms above
300. The sonicating equipment sold today is at 3000 rpm (10 times what
current research says is optimal for helping wound healing)

good luck.

That’s some great advice @prairiesmoke thank you so much for sharing. Even a thing or two in there that I hadn’t considered thus far, so thank you.

Cheers!
Martin Lemieux
@Martin_Lemieux

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