An ulcer is a sore on the skin or a mucous membrane, accompanied by the disintegration of tissue. Ulcers can result in complete loss of the epidermis and often portions of the dermis and even fat. An ulcer that appears on the skin is often visible as an inflamed tissue with an area of reddened skin. A skin ulcer is often visible in the event of exposure to heat or cold, irritation, a problem with blood circulation, infections or even autoimmune diseases. Skin ulcers can also be caused due to a lack of mobility, which causes prolonged pressure on the tissues. Sometimes skin cancers can develop ulcers as their first sign which brings them to a patient’s attention.
One should see their dermatologist when ulcers are found.
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