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As the global prevalence of chronic diseases rises, the rates of skin ulcers, and all the complications that accompany them, increase with it. As the population ages, wound care becomes a more vital practice. The good news is that advancing technologies ensure treatments are keeping pace with need.

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1. Skin Ulcer Stages

There are four stages of skin ulcer development. At stage 1, texture and color change, swelling occurs, and the area feels warmer than normal. The top layer wears away in stage 2, forming a tender, painful sore. At stage 3, the tissue beneath the skin further erodes, resulting in a small crater and, in some cases, visible fatty tissue. The final stage involves necrosis, which can inflict extensive damage to muscles, bones, and tendons.

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