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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 396  

Venous leg ulcer: Management aspect in Indian scenario

Department of Dermatology, Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Thane, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication31-Jul-2014

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Vishalakshi Vishwanath
Head of Department, Dermatology, Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Thane, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.137827

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In India, many indigenous and traditional home remedies are commonly used including honey, neem oil, Aloe vera. However, there are no evidence based studies to advocate their use in leg ulcers. Honey-impregnated dressings did not significantly improve venous ulcer healing at 12 weeks compared with usual care in a large community-based open-label randomized trial (Level B). [1] Activated charcoal has been tried in malodorous leg ulcers. [2] Boiled potato peel (PP) dressing has been used in chronic leg ulcers (Level D). [3] The PP dressing acts as a barrier, thereby protecting the wound against exogenous agents and secondly the cork layer of the PP prevents dehydration, thereby providing a moist environment which is the single most important factor for wound healing. Honey-impregnated dressings have been used for its antiseptic/antibacterial effects and have shown a favorable outcome in wound healing in burn patients; in comparison to boiled PPs [4] and silver sulfadiazine. [5] (Level C).

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1.Jull A, Walker N, Parag V, Molan P, Rodgers A, Honey as adjuvant leg ulcer therapy trial collaborators. Randomized clinical trial of honey-impregnated dressings for venous leg ulcers. Br J Surg 2008;95:175-82.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Sornakumar L, Kalarani M, Srinivas CR. Activated charcoal dressing in malodorous leg ulcers. Indian J Lepr 2010;82:147-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Patange VS, Fernandez RJ, Motla MU, Mahajan SA. Dressing wounds with potato peel. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1996;62:286-8.  Back to cited text no. 3
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4.Subrahmanyam M. Honey dressing versus boiled potato peel in the treatment of burns: A prospective randomized study. Burns 1996;22:491-3.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Gupta SS, Singh O, Bhagel PS, Moses S, Shukla S, Mathur RK. Honey dressing versus silver sulfadiazene dressing for wound healing in burn patients: A retrospective study. J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2011;4:183-7.  Back to cited text no. 5
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