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This is a condition caused in the legs or ankle due to an injury or wound that leads to damage to the skin. It is a common problem with more than 1 million cases per year in India, although easily diagnosed and treated by doctors.

What happens in Venous Ulcers?

These are usually sores on the leg or ankle that occur due to weak blood circulation by the veins and building up pressure. This pressure when increased and not treated on time can lead to the formation of open sores.

Venous Ulcer takes time to heal and hence, can last from a few weeks to years. This condition is more common in people, particularly women, of old age.


Signs that you may have developed a venous ulcer include:

  • Burning sensation
  • Swelling of veins
  • Rashes on the skin
  • Excretion of foul-smelling fluid from the sore
  • Infection in the sore
  • Redness of the skin around the sore
  • Prolonged pain and fever
  • Pus in the sore


High pressure building up due to weakness in the veins present in the lower part of our legs that send blood back to the heart is the main cause of venous ulcers. The skin in the area usually around bones develops breaks and it becomes difficult for a cut or scrapes to heal, hence taking longer to recover.

Risk Factors

There may be increased chances of developing venous ulcers if you:

  • Have suffered from leg injuries before
  • Suffer from obesity
  • Have other blood circulatory problems
  • Smoke
  • Have Varicose veins
  • Have Blood clotting in legs
  • Have a Family history of venous ulcers
  • Are Pregnant
  • Sit or stand for long periods
  • Have a fracture or other serious injuries in the long bone of the leg

How is Venous Ulcer diagnosed at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur?

Generally, a quick examination of the wound and the skin around it can help figure out if one has a venous ulcer. A history of other problems you may have would also be discussed in the procedure. However, to check on the veins under the sore and around the area, tests like an X-ray might be asked by the doctor.

When to see a doctor at Apollo Spectra, Kanpur?

If one experiences a wound not healing for a prolonged period of time, or finds an infection in the wound, the doctor should be consulted. If other signs like redness or swelling around the wound, excessive bleeding, increased pain, or fever are experienced, reach out to your doctor immediately.

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How are Venous Ulcers treated?

  • A compression bandage is the most common way of treatment for venous ulcers as it would help improve the blood circulation in the affected leg.
  • Keeping the wound clean can help prevent infection and bacteria from entering it. Take instructions from your doctor about the change of dressing.
  • The skin around the wound must be protected and cleaned, and must not be left dry.
  • Antibiotics may be prescribed in case the ulcer is infected by bacteria, to avoid further infecting and killing the bacteria causing it.
  • In cases where the ulcer takes way longer than expected to heal, surgery may be suggested by the doctor to improve the blood circulation in your legs and speed up the healing process.


Although treatable, venous ulcers are one of the most common problems faced in our country. In some rare cases, if not treated on time, it can turn fatal by leading to skin cancer. Contact your healthcare professional as soon as prolonged symptoms are noticed.

1. Should venous ulcers be covered?

Ulcers heal better when they are covered with dressings that are air- and water-tight. Although dressing should be changed regularly.

2. Should the ulcer be washed?

Cleaning the area around the ulcer should be done in a way that does not damage tissues. Simply immersing the limb in water is the suggested way.

3. Can venous ulcers be fatal?

Ulcers have not been associated with mortality but can lead to death only in very rare cases due to chronic ulcers causing cancer


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