Chronic wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, and bedsores typically take weeks or even months to heal. If so, prolonged healing time gives rise to the risk of developing potentially life-threatening complications. Fortunately, there is a treatment available, called “debridement,” which can dramatically reduce healing time. Essentially, debridement involves the removal of dead tissue and debris that stand in the way of healing. There are various forms of debridement, including surgical (using a scalpel or scissors), mechanical (pulling dead skin off through various means), enzymatic (using enzymes and chemicals to dissolve tissue), and autolytic (using the body’s own dead tissue-dissolving ability). Because debridement is not suitable for all cases, consultation with the dermatologist is essential.
At my practice, we have special expertise in a wide variety of conditions affecting the skin, hair, and nails. We offer a full range of dermatology services, from general to specialized care. Whether you have questions about your skin’s health or are looking for a way to improve your appearance, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.
Todd T. Davis, MD
P.S. Because patients with peripheral arterial disease cannot undergo debridement (because the treatment can worsen wounds), revascularization may be considered to improve blood flow.
Psoriasis is a well-known skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Psoriasis sufferers have skin cells that rise to the surface too quickly, leaving insufficient time for old skin cells to slough off, resulting in a buildup of dead skin cells. While it is known that the condition may be triggered by abnormal signals from the body’s immune system, new findings place the disease in a greater context. According to a growing body of evidence, psoriasis is being linked with heart and blood vessel problems, including an increased risk of stroke and atrial fibrillation (irregular heart beat). It may be that the chronic inflammation associated with psoriasis may also play a role in stroke and atrial fibrillation.
Plaque psoriasis is a disease of the immune system. Red, scaly patches on the skin are a symptom of this disease. Stress and infections can cause a flare up of psoriasis. Please call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111 to schedule an evaluation. We can perform a thorough examination and determine which prescription medicines and lifestyle changes that can best control your symptoms. Our office is located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7, Elmhurst. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.
Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board Certified Dermatologist
P.S. Due to the suspected link mentioned above, psoriasis sufferers may want to check with their primary care doctors about having their overall cardiovascular health checked.