It is important to contact a doctor with the right medical background when you first notice the signs of a venous skin ulcer, because you may be able to prevent the ulcer from forming. If an ulcer has already formed, get treatment right away. New and smaller ulcers tend to heal faster than larger ones.
Compression stockings or bandages help prevent blood from pooling in your legs. If an ulcer doesn’t heal within a few months, other treatments might include:
- Medicine to speed healing or get rid of an infection (antibiotics).
- Skin grafting, which may be needed for deep or hard-to-heal ulcers.
- Vein surgery, which may keep ulcers from coming back.
Treatments can be combined with Pro-Nox Nitrous Oxide System for pain and anxiety relief. Athens Vein and Thoracic Specialists is one of the few practices in the area offering this combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide which is effective enough to ease pain and anxiety without medication.