Gangrene: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention


What Is Gangrene?

appendix or Antibiotics. You might get antibiotics through a needle (called intravenous, or IV) to treat or prevent infection.

Oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can treat wet gangrene or ulcers related to diabetes or peripheral artery disease. You spend time in a special chamber filled with oxygen at a higher pressure than oxygen found in the outside air. Experts think this high level of oxygen fills your blood and speeds tissue healing. Oxygen therapy may also slow the growth of bacteria.

So that you don’t get gangrene again, your doctor will need to find out what’s blocking your blood supply and treat that condition. You might need vascular surgery, such as bypass surgery or Frostbite also blocks blood flow and can lead to gangrene.

  • Protect your feet if you have diabetes.
  • Protect your feet if you have peripheral vascular disease.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have swelling in your legs that makes it hard to put shoes or socks on.