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My friends daughter has been hospitalized with the following symptoms (no diagnosis as yet) extremely painful
sores, which have been scabbed over following ointments and creams (following a scraping procedure). They started on her legs, the toes and heels are very dark, almost black, and the sores are continuing upward. She is a diabetic.

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  • Dr. Chris March 12, 2011

    She may have diabetic ulcers and this could even be the start of gangrene. Poor wound healing in a diabetic coupled with diminished sensation (diabetic neuropathy), especially of the lower limbs, increases the chance of ulcer formation after an injury even just a minor bump. The impaired immune defenses allows microorganisms like bacteria to infect the area and further complicate the condition. If left untreated, it can be life threatening and depending on the severity (if it is gangrene), the limb may have to be amputated. Fortunately she is seeking medical attention and her doctor will be able to advise her further. Diabetic ulcers can be treated but it often takes long because of the poor wound healing in diabetics.

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