Take under medical supervision: 50 mg of zinc (plus 1 to 3 mg of copper daily, to prevent depletion) and apply zinc-containing bandages or tape to the area. Supplementing with zinc may help some types of skin ulcer by facilitating tissue growth.
1,000 mg daily. Supplementing with vitamin C may help prevent skin ulcers and speed healing.
150 mg per day orally, along with topical application of 100 mg daily. In a controlled study, symptoms of diabetic skin ulcers improved in those treated with standard medications plus oral and topical Pycnogenol.
Apply a gel containing a partial benzyl ester derivative of hyaluronan under compression bandaging daily. A trial found that topical application of a hyaluronic acid compound with compression bandaging was significantly better than bandaging alone for healing chronic venous skin ulcers.
Apply an ointment or powder containing 1 to 2% herbal extract daily. Gotu kola extracts may be used topically to help speed wound healing.
Large amounts of folic acid given both orally and by injection could promote healing of chronic skin ulcers due to poor circulation.
1,500 mg with each meal. A preliminary report suggested that evening primrose oil improves blood flow to the legs and heals or reduces the size of venous leg ulcers.
Apply gel on gauze or dressings daily. Aloe has been used historically to improve wound healing and studies have shown it to be effective in healing skin ulcers.