When the limbs aren’t getting the blood flow that they need, the tissue in that area of the body begins to die from a lack of proper blood flow. This death of body tissue is known as gangrene. It often happens in the arms and legs and affects the toes and fingers. It can also occur in muscles and organs throughout your body. There are certain conditions that can increase your risk of gangrene and it’s important that you’re following instructions to improve your blood flow and reduce your risk of gangrene.

What is Gangrene?

Gangrene is when the tissues in your body begin to die and functionality can be lost. Common symptoms associated with gangrene include:

  • Severe changes in skin color
  • Swelling
  • Sudden and severe pain followed by numbness
  • Blisters
  • Skin that is cold to the touch
  • Foul-smelling discharge from a sore
  • Thin and shiny skin.
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

Gangrene can be caused by an infection, traumatic injury, or certain issues that lower your blood flow. Issues like diabetes, smoking, obesity, and certain immunosuppressants can increase your risk of gangrene.

How is Gangrene Treated?

When tissue is damaged by gangrene, there is no saving it, but you can prevent it from happening in the first place. You may need to combine forms of treatment for the best results. Your doctor might prescribe certain medications and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. You may also need surgery to correct certain issues and increase the flow of blood throughout your body.

Contact Your Doctor Today

Gangrene is a serious issue that could lead to further complications and even amputation. Find out how you can prevent gangrene from occurring. Contact your doctor at Pennsylvania Vascular Institute in King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Bethlehem, and East Stroudsburg, PA, for more information today at (800)296-9294.

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