Venous ulcers or stasis ulcers account for 80% of lower extremity ulcerations. Approximately 1-2% of the population will suffer from the chronic debilitating condition, with chronic venous insufficiency affecting up to 50% of the adult population. There are many methods of treatment and common treatments include conventional, surgical or mechanical methods. This article examines the complications of leg ulcer management, with the emphasis on the use of antibiotics. The case study demonstrates the positive impact self-care can have as part of a treatment plan.
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