How an Infrared Sauna Helps Leg Ulcers
Ulcers that appear on the legs can be extremely painful. But, relief can be achieved by using an infrared sauna. Leg ulcers have a number of causes, such as diabetes, poor circulation, high blood sugar, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic inflammation — all of these conditions can be managed and treated through the use of an infrared sauna.
To increase your knowledge (and your health), the team at Good Health Saunas has put together some information on venous leg ulcers, the causes of this condition, and how infrared saunas can be used to treat and prevent venous leg ulcers.
Symptoms of Leg Ulcers
Those with certain conditions or who have reached their senior years should never ignore an open sore. Leg ulcers first begin as a sore on the leg that doesn’t seem to heal. There may be some degree of pus seepage and the area will appear swollen. Open sores of any kind can lead to further, more severe complications that can put your health at risk. This is especially true with a type of leg ulcer known as a venous leg ulcer. This type of ulcer is difficult to treat and often appears as a wound that doesn’t seem to heal on its own — even after several weeks.
Most venous leg ulcers appear somewhere between the ankle and knee. Although, they can also be found on the inside of the leg, on or near the ankle. Since most venous ulcers appear to just be shallow wounds with some degree of pus drainage, many patients (especially seniors) do not seek medical assistance with their condition. This type of ulcer can introduce bacteria, which can then spread to other parts of the body.
If you notice a wound on your leg that doesn’t seem to heal after a few weeks (especially if pus is still present), you should schedule a visit with your doctor. Most venous leg ulcers
The Causes of Leg Ulcers
If you stop to think about, our veins are a lot like pipes in that they move fluids from one place to another. And, when there is an obstruction in a pipe, they tend to burst. While this is a mental illustration of “venous insufficiency,” it does describe how venous ulcers form. When veins are unable to transport blood from the limbs and back to the heart, blood begins to pool in the area. This causes localized high blood pressure in the lower extremities in a condition known by medical professionals as “venous hypertension.”
Persistent pressure in the lower portions of the legs damages and weakens skins tissue. If the condition doesn’t improve, pus and blood break through the skin, forming an ulcer.
There are a number of conditions that can lead to venous hypertension, including:
- Phlebitis (superficial vein swelling)
- Blood clots (deep-vein thrombosis)
- Varicose veins
- Lack of mobility
- Weakness in legs
- Leg injuries and trauma
- …and others
Females and seniors are more likely to develop leg ulcers, so if you fall into one or both of those groups, you should be on the lookout for any sores that appear on the lower portion of your legs. If you have been diagnosed with an arterial disease, you should talk to a physician, as the emergence of a leg ulcer can indicate a worsening of your condition.
Healing a Leg Ulcer
Since venous leg ulcers represent a vast majority of leg ulcer cases (roughly 85% of incidents), we are largely referring to this type in providing information on recovery. Under medical supervision, most types of leg ulcers will heal over time. Although health history, severity of the ulcer, and age can impact the length of your treatment.
Since infrared saunas have proven to be beneficial in preventing many of the causes of venous leg ulcers this is a type of therapy that is worth looking into.
Using an Infrared Sauna to Heal a Leg Ulcer
Infrared saunas are one of the safest and easiest ways to treat and prevent the re-emergence of venous leg ulcers. Infrared saunas have received backing in peer-reviewed journals for their ability to lower blood pressure, treat soft tissue injuries, improve blood flow, manage weight, and balance blood sugars — treatments that go after some of the primary causes of venous leg ulcers.
If you are female, senior, or have experienced a previous episode with a leg ulcer, the team at Good Health Saunas invites you to experience all the health benefits that come with regular infrared sauna use. Infrared saunas not only help in the treatment of many leg ulcer-related conditions, but also help boost mental sharpness, relieve stress, and reduce joint and back pain. These are all health benefits we should all be seeking to achieve, regardless of age or physical condition.
Here’s to your good health! View the various infrared sauna models offered on the GHS® website and find the one that’s right for you and your health goals.