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What does red scratches on leg indicate? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Apr-2014
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User:Scraped up legs and very red looking. This happen 6 days ago. Do I have an infecction. What treatment do you recommend
Doctor:Hi,
Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here.
Doctor:I was able to view the pictures that you sent to me. Can you explain how this developed?
User:he was in our motorhome and missed the step up to the bed leaving him caught on the carpet. because of his disabilities it took quite a bit to get him and he repeated scaped his legs
User:the area around the wounds are very red
Doctor:Does he have history of diabetes?
User:no history of diabetes. we treated the wounds with bag balm and stopped yesterday because it didn't seem to be helping
Doctor:Right.
Doctor:The pictures that you sent doesn't clearly reveal signs of infection.
Doctor:It looks to be red with no slough or pus discharge.
Doctor:This is a good sign towards healing.
Doctor:Since the pictures are not very clear, I am unable to appreciate the depth of those lesions.
Doctor:if they are significantly deep, I would just do repeated cleaning and mild dressing over those lesions.
User:he has typical soreness of scapes but want concerned him was the redness surrounding the scapes. he has no pus or discharge
User:they are not deep they are scapes
Doctor:Else, I would use antiseptic creams or powder on those lesions and allow it to heal.
Doctor:Since there is no slough discharge and pus I wouldn't be concerned about infection yet.
Doctor:The surrounding redness points that the body is fighting against it.
User:Neosporin good
Doctor:I would just use an antiseptic cream or powder on these lesions.
Doctor:Yes, Neosporin will do.
Doctor:Keep them clean and dry.
Doctor:Advice him against using his fingers on it.
Doctor:I would prefer it to be kept open and not covered with plasters / bandages.
Doctor:He can closely watch the lesions.
Doctor:If it starts to ooze or he there is pus/slough discharge
Doctor:it needs to be cleaned and redressed at a clinic.
Doctor:It would be also wise to check his blood sugar if it wasn't tested recently.
Doctor:I would be really concerned if he has history of diabetes.
Doctor:Which part of the leg was involved.
Doctor:Is it the upper 1/3, middle 1/3 or the lower 1/3?
User:we have kept them open with no bandages. he generally feels fine otherwise. He has regular blood tests and no sign. Many parts of the both legs. knee, below knee and lower
Doctor:The lower one will take some more time to heal; since that area has relative less blood supply.
Doctor:I wouldn't be worried about the healing on such superficial wounds unless it starts to ooze.
Doctor:Hope I was clear.
Doctor:Do you have any other questions?
User:Yes. He eased his mind. thank you
Doctor:My pleasure.
Doctor:If there are no more questions, shall we end this discussion?
User:We can end the discussion
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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