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Venous & Arterial Ulcers

Venous and Arterial Ulcers are breaks in the skin that occur in the lower legs and foot area. Leg ulcers are typically classified as either arterial ulcers, meaning that they’re caused by poor circulation of blood among the body’s arterial system, or venous ulcers, meaning that they’re caused by a venous insufficiency. Arteries are responsible for carrying blood to the body’s tissues. This activity provides oxygen and nutrients that are essential for skin health. When arterial circulation is compromised (often by diabetes, obesity, thrombosis or heart disease), tissues weaken and break down, creating shallow, open sores on the skin’s surface. Arterial ulcers are usually located on the feet, specifically on the heels, tips of toes, between the toes or anywhere the foot’s bones may create friction, such as against a shoe. Arterial ulcers can also develop in the nail bed if a toenail cuts into the skin or if the skin is punctured by nail clippers. The base of an arterial ulcer has a yellow, brown, gray or blackened color, and rarely bleeds. The borders of the ulcer and surrounding skin may appear raised and scaly, especially in the case of an infection. Additionally, the skin may be persistently cold, hairless and have a whitish-blue hue.

Throughout the body, veins have one-way valves that keep blood flowing toward the heart. When these valves are compromised or blocked (venous insufficiency), blood pools up, leaking out into the surrounding tissue and weakening the skin. Venous ulcers usually develop on the sides of the lower leg and above the ankle. The affected skin will appear dark red or purple, and have a thick, dry or scaly texture. Increased skin pressure will make the area sore, achey and, in some cases, itchy.

Without healthy blood flow, ulcerated skin lacks the nutrients and infection-fighting white blood cells it needs to heal. Terrasil Wound Care protects ulcerated skin and guards against bacterial infection. Applying Terrasil will soothe ulcer inflammation and speed healing.

terrasil Infection-Protection Wound Care Ointment

terrasil wound care 14 Gram Tube $24.00
  • More than 3X the bacteria-fighting power of other products* to stop the germs that delay venous ulcers from healing
  • Relieves redness, swelling, and pain
  • Improvement within 1 to 2 Days‡
  • Designed for easy, at-home use: no complicated therapies or procedures
  • 90-day, risk-free guarantee

Expected product performance is based on customer experiences, as stated in customer feedback submitted over a seven-year period (as of September 4, 2012). The most reported period of time to see improvement is 2 days. Treatment times vary based on the user's overall health, the age and size of the wound, and the severity of any existing infection. * Based on bacterial viability assay testing performed using a Becton Dickinson FACSCalibur™. Products tested were Bacitracin and triple antibiotic ointment.

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