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Skin Ulcerations - Wound Treatments?

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#1 Artemis



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Posted 23 March 2008 - 06:21 PM

Hi All,

I've had CREST for 20yrs with very few and mild flare ups. As of last fall I've been diagnosed with Scleroderma. My last Rheumatologist treated me with 60mg of Prednisone a day which caused an outbreak of skin ulcers on my ankle and upper foot. I'm now seeing doctors in UCLA, who are wonderful and weaned me down to 7.5 mgs of Prednisone a day. Two of the three ulcers have cleared. The last has grown. I see the wound care specialist there, but I wonder if anyone else has suffered from this horrible symptom...


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Posted 24 March 2008 - 02:23 AM

Prednisone is no fun to say the least. I know I heal slow and bruise super easy due to long term use in varying doses. My finger ulcers take forever to heal. I use a bandage strips which include an antibiotic and it seems to work better and heal faster than the bandage strip alone & separate ointment.

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 03:26 AM

Welcome Artemis,
I can't help you from personal experience, but we do have a page here at ISN on treatments for digital ulcers. I'm sure many of these treatments would be effective for all types of ulcers.

So sorry that you are having to deal with this. As Peanut mentioned, prednisone is nasty stuff and can hurt us as much as help us. Glad you are coming off it.

Hope the wound center can help.

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 08:09 PM

Sorry to sound a bit ignorant, but why is Prednisolone no good for ulcers?
I know the risks with Scleroderma and Prednisolone and renal failure.

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Posted 24 March 2008 - 09:28 PM

Hello Artemis. Just wanted to welcome you to the ISN Sclero Forums. Hope by now you have had a chance to look at Janey's link. We are happy to have you among us. I am sure with your years of experience, we will be learning from you as well.
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Posted 26 March 2008 - 04:52 AM

Great tip Peanut, I use neosporin and a band-aid, but as soon as I stop, it comes back. Also, nitro-bid cream applied to the base of the finger helps. I do it at night and wrap it in a band-aid as well to keep it in place while I sleep. Doing it at night also helps you sleep through the headache that often accompanies nitro-bid use. Good luck.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 05:38 AM


You slipped right by me. Welcome to the Sclero forums! I'm so happy you've joined us. Sounds like you've received some great tips already, so I will just give you a warm welcome. :)
Warm and gentle hugs,

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