Many patients with diabetes struggle with Diabetic Foot Ulcers (let’s call them DFUs for the sake of simplicity). DFUs are a concern for the growing population of diabetic patients around the world. It is estimated that 19–34% of patients with diabetes are likely to be affected with a DFU at some point in their lifetime. The International Diabetes Federation reports that 9.1–26.1 million people will develop DFUs annually in the US alone. They can be tricky to treat, and many diabetic patients struggle with non-healing ulcers for months or years.
The exciting news is that the science of wound care has advanced significantly over the past few years. There is now an effective treatment solution called Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care, which revolutionises how DFUs are managed. This treatment has been endorsed by Diabetes SA. This product has already helped many diabetic patients and can help you too! But before we tell you more, let’s take a step back and understand a little bit more about DFUs.
What exactly is a DFU?
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in patients with diabetes and is commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Anyone who has diabetes can develop a foot ulcer.
What causes DFUs?
DFUs may be caused by a combination of factors. The first is diabetic patients who have raised blood glucose for extended periods. This leads, amongst other things, to a reduced blood supply, especially to the lower leg areas. The poor blood circulation then leads to skin breakdown and the development of DFU’s. Other reasons include irritation, friction, pressure or trauma to the feet. Sometimes patients are unaware of an ulcer starting since they have a reduced or complete lack of sensation in the feet due to nerve damage (a condition is called neuropathy).
Prevention is the best medicine! Research has shown that the development of a foot ulcer is preventable. Most importantly, work with your medical practitioner to manage your glucose levels. Also exercise regularly to stimulate blood circulation – something as simple as a walk can make a big difference. It's also very important to give your feet the TLC they deserve. Having a check-up with a podiatrist twice a year is recommended.
Why is it so important to treat a DFU effectively?
If you think you have a DFU, it's important to seek help from a medical professional such as a podiatrist as soon as possible. DFUs do not heal without medical intervention. If left, they turn into chronic wounds that become larger, more painful and possibly infected, combined with an offensive odour. The longer you leave them, the more complicated it is to treat them. Neglecting an ulcer could ultimately lead to amputation as the final resort.
What is Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care?
A revolutionary wound spray that treats wounds and burns, that has proven to be highly effective to treat DFUs. The main active ingredient is our medical-grade hypochlorous acid or HOCl. We call this the human immune molecule for good reason. Inside the white blood cells of each human, there is an ingenious process at work that forms this immune molecule with the formula HOCl. HOCl is manufactured by the white blood cells in response to infection or injury – both conditions that are present in the DFU. HOCl has phenomenal pathogen-killing powers, including the ability to destroy those germs even when they are hiding inside biofilm (a slimy secretion that keeps them safely out of reach of antiseptics and antibiotics).
Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care contains high concentrations of our pharmaceutical-grade HOCl that is manufactured in a laboratory under medical conditions, using a proprietary process that is not altogether different from the way our white blood cells work. HOCl is not only a strong germ killer but also reduces inflammation in wounds. Wounds with less inflammation are less painful and heal more quickly. The eradication of infection also means that wounds quickly stop smelling bad. Because the concentration of the immune molecule is so much higher in Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care than in the white blood cells, it can support the body’s ability to heal that much faster.
How to treat a DFU the Trifectiv Plus Way
It's important to treat an ulcer holistically. Work with your medical practitioner to learn how to best manage your diabetes through diet, medication, exercise and appropriate footwear. Treating the DFU with Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care is very simple and affordable.
- The first step is to debride the DFU. This is best done by a podiatrist or other medical practitioner as it involves removing any dead tissue from the wound. Debridement reduces the risk of infection and, when done by a professional, is also usually pain-free.
- Next, dress the wound correctly to create the ideal healing environment. All you need is clean non-sterile gauze, a crepe bandage, possibly a compression stocking to reduce swelling and a bottle of Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care. The wound is sprayed with Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care. Whilst this is air drying, a few sheets of the gauze may be sprayed until wet, but not drenched. These are then placed into and over the wound, ensuring all surfaces of the wound are in contact with the wet gauze. The gauze is then firmly secured with a crepe bandage.
- If swelling is present in the lower leg then we recommend wearing a compression stocking daily. The dressing may be changed at the most every day and at the very least every third day. It is not necessary to clean the wound with any other products or to use any other antiseptic lotions or ointments. Ordinary antiseptic products may help infection but they also have a toxic effect on the delicate cells that are responsible for wound healing.
DFUs are a concern for the growing population of diabetic patients around the world. However, with Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care, know that you have effective treatment at your fingertips.
Trifectiv Plus Wound & Burn Care is proudly endorsed by Diabetes SA