Pyoderma Gangrenosum

Pyoderma gangrenosum is a uncommon condition that causes large, painful ulcers, most often in legs.

The causes of  the disease is unknown , but it appears to be a disorder of the immune system. People who have certain underlying conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease or rheumatoid arthritis, are at higher risk of pyoderma gangrenosum.

The ulcerations can develop quickly and disappear with the treatment, although its recurrence is common.

Pyoderma gangrenosum.

Symptoms of Pyoderma gangrenosum

Pyoderma gangrenosum often begins with a painful red bubble, which can often be mistaken for an insect bite. This bubble becomes a very painful sore that increases rapidly.

The disease appears frequently in the legs, but it can affect any area of the body, having a predilection for the skin that surrounds scars from previous surgical operations, including growing inside other ulcerations.

Risk factors.

Certain factors may increase your risk of pyoderma gangrenosum, including:

  • The condition is slightly more common among women. And it usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 50, though it can appear at any age.
  • People with a digestive tract disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease are at increased risk of pyoderma gangrenosum.
  • Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of pyoderma gangrenosum.
  • People with blood disorders (hematologic malignancies) are at increased risk of develop this condition.


Patients with pyoderma gangrenosum probably also develop:

  • Depression
  • Uncontrolled pain
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Loss of mobility


Due to It is not possible to completely prevent the occurrence of the disease. If you have the condition avoid injuring your skin, this includes the surgeries If you have the condition, try to avoid injuring your skin. Injury or trauma to your skin. Therefore, even the scars derived from some surgery can cause the appearance of new ulcers.

When to see a Skin doctor

Talk to your doctor or ask for our online skin disease diagnostic service. if you develop a painful, rapidly growing skin wound.




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