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 painful chronic condition characterized by a buildup of dead skin cells and dry, itchy, red patches. These symptoms are caused by immune system over-activity that inflames the skin and is also associated with increased levels of C-reactive protein, which is a marker for system-wide inflammation. In turn, systemic inflammation has been linked with a variety of medical problems including insulin resistance and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Recent research has also found associations between psoriasis and systemic inflammation and other disorders. Generally speaking, the more serious the psoriasis, the greater the risk for disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart attack, type-2 diabetes, kidney disease, mild liver disease, and peptic ulcer disease.
At my practice, we treat all diseases and disorders of the skin, hair and nails including acne, rashes, skin cancer, eczema, warts, psoriasis, and wrinkles. Understanding that patients are individuals, we design customized treatments to meet unique concerns, lifestyles and expectations. For additional information, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite. We are accepting new patients and most insurance plans are accepted. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients.
Todd T. Davis, MD
P.S. Patients diagnosed with psoriasis by the dermatologist may want to use the diagnosis as a starting point to meet with other doctors and be screened for other potentially related illnesses.