Signs of an infection
A venous leg ulcer can be susceptible to bacterial infection.
Symptoms of an infected leg ulcer can include:
- worsening pain
- a green or unpleasant discharge coming from the ulcer
- redness and swelling of the skin around the ulcer
- a high temperature (fever)
- an unpleasant smell coming from the ulcer
When to seek medical advice
Contact your GP if you think you have developed a venous leg ulcer. They're unlikely to get better on their own, as they usually require specialist medical treatment.
You should also contact your GP or leg ulcer specialist if you have been diagnosed with a venous leg ulcer and have symptoms that suggest it could be infected.