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#1 rlbrussell

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 07:33 PM

I have really bad knuckle ulcers on both of my hands. It is so frustrating and painful. Does anyone have any tips on how to manage these? I have had them for a couple of months now.

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 07:48 PM

Hi, Rosa,

I've had problems with finger and knuckle ulcers. What's helped me is Viagra and Cialis. It improves the circulation and I just don't get as many ulcers as I used to, and, when I do get one, it isn't as bad and it heals sooner.

Mary in Texas

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 05:03 PM

Rosa,

I have had them too and found the nitrocream applied 3 times daily along teh fingers with the ulcers and at the webs of my fingers has cleared them up. My rheumatologist dicated that if the nitro cream did not work Viagra was probably the next step. She said insurance usually balks at viagra, but eventually caves after other treatments have failed.

I also apply Oover the counter "neosporin + pain" ontop of teh ulcers for some relief

Hang in there

Lori

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 01:02 PM

REGARDING YOUR ULCERS: it's amazing the lack of information out 'there'
After spending a zillion dollars and almost facing amputations I LEARNED ABOUT ULCERS FROM BURN SITES

1. BUY THE FOLLOWING

PAPER TAPE
Q TIPS
ROUND FLAT MAKEUP PADS
VITAMIN A&D OINTMENT
BETADINE
HUGE FINGERED PLASTIC GLOVES


2. HAVE THE DR PRESCRIBE
MUPIRICIN (GENERIC FORM OF BACTROBAN) OINTMENT (NOT CREAM)

3. ASSEMBLE
CLEAN CEREAL BOWL
TAPE SCISSORS

4. THREE TIMES PER DAY

GENTLY WASH HANDS WITH A NON PERFUMED SOAP AND LUKEWARM WATER
PUT LUKEWARM WATER 1/2 FULL...INTO BOWL
SQUEEZE SOME BETADINE INTO THE WATER

SOAK HANDS IN THIS SOLUTION--ABOUT ONE MINUTE

REMOVE HANDS
WRAP GENTLY IN ABSORBANT TOILET PAPER TO BLOT ..

WAIT TILL DRY

CUT MAKEUP PAD INTO STRIPS
TEAR SOME 3 INCH TAPE INTO STRIPS
AND 'HANG' WHERE CAN BE EASILY REACHED

USING Q TIP
SMEAR A&D OINTMENT ON HANDS...

NOT NOT ON ULCERS!!!

USING Q TIP
SMEAR THIN COATING OF MUPIRICIN (BACTROBAN) ON ULCER

BANDAGE ULCER WITH SMOOTH SIDE OF COTTON PAD AS CUSHION..

**CHANGE THESE 2 OR THREE TIMES PER DAY...
AND IGNORE YOUR DIRTY HOUSE!!

I GUARANTEE THIS WILL WORK....I GUARANTEE IT!
IF YOUR FINGER IS SO PAINFUL...IT'S ALSO GOOD TO 'SPLINT' IT WITH A Q TIP AND TWO PIECES OF TAPE ABOVE AND BELOW KNUCKLE.

MY VERY BEST TO YOU. :D


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Posted 29 January 2007 - 02:10 PM

RosieJ,

I noticed this is your first post on the sclero forums, so I wanted to give you a big welcome! I look forward to getting to know you better.
Warm and gentle hugs,

Pamela
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