Pyoderma Gangrenosum: When Your Skin Needs Extra Love

What is Pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG)?

Pyoderma Gangrenosum is a big, long word that means something is wrong with your skin. Often misdiagnosed as cellulitis (infection) vascular dermatitis, or DVT.  It’s like when your skin gets a boo-boo, but instead of getting better, it gets worse and turns into a big sore. Your skin is like a superhero that protects your body, but sometimes it needs a little extra help.

How Does Pyoderma Gangrenosum Look?

When you have Pyoderma Gangrenosum, you may have a sore on your skin that keeps getting bigger and bigger. It can be painful and oozy, like a volcano that’s erupting. Sometimes the sore can have a purple or blue color too. It’s important to remember that this is not your fault and you didn’t do anything wrong. Your skin just needs some extra care.

Why Does Pyoderma Gangrenosum Happen?

We really don’t know.  Many labs are still trying to figure out why Pyoderma Gangrenosum happens. Sometimes it can happen if you have another sickness or if your body is feeling stressed or tired. It’s like when you catch a cold because your body’s defense system is not working perfectly. But don’t worry, our doctors are really smart and they know how to help you feel better.

Is It Contagious?

No, Pyoderma Gangrenosum is not contagious. That means you can’t give it to your friends or family by touching them or playing with them. It’s just something that happens to your skin and it’s not their fault either. They can still give you lots of hugs and play with you like always.

How Does the Doctor Diagnose Pyoderma Gangrenosum?

When you go to the doctor, they will look at your skin and ask you questions about how you feel. They might even take a tiny piece of your skin to look at it under a microscope. It’s like when you and your friends play detectives and look for clues to solve a mystery. The doctor wants to understand what’s happening with your skin so they can help you get better.

How Do You Treat Pyoderma Gangrenosum?

Treating Pyoderma Gangrenosum is a team effort between you and your doctor. They might give you special creams or ointments to put on your skin. Sometimes, if the sore is very big or doesn’t want to go away, the doctor might give you corticosteroids or biological treatments  to help your skin heal. It’s important to follow the our instructions and be patient. Your skin will get better with time.

Can You Prevent Pyoderma Gangrenosum?

It’s not always possible to prevent Pyoderma Gangrenosum, but there are some things you can do to take care of your skin and keep it healthy. You can try to keep your skin clean by washing it gently with mild soap and water. You can also protect your skin from getting hurt by wearing clothes that cover it and using sunscreen when you play outside. Remember, your skin is like a shield that needs to be taken care of.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Skin

Stay Positive and Stay Strong!

Having Pyoderma Gangrenosum can be tough, but remember that you are a brave and strong superhero. It’s okay to feel sad or frustrated sometimes, but always try to stay positive. Surround yourself with people who love and support you. Remember, you are not alone in this journey.

Pyoderma Gangrenosum is a skin condition where big sores appear on your skin. It’s not contagious, and doctors can help you feel better by giving you special creams or medicines. Taking care of your skin and staying positive are important too.  Think you might have it?  WeTreatFeet treats this also.  Call 410-363-4343 or click HERE for an appointment


Q: Can Pyoderma Gangrenosum be cured completely? A: While Pyoderma Gangrenosum can be managed and treated, it may not be completely cured. However, with the right care and treatment, the sores can heal and become better.

Q: Is Pyoderma Gangrenosum a common condition? A: Pyoderma Gangrenosum is a rare condition, which means not many people have it. But don’t worry, doctors know how to help you.

Q: Can I go to school/play with my friends if I have Pyoderma Gangrenosum? A: Yes, you can still go to school and play with your friends if you have Pyoderma Gangrenosum. Just make sure to take care of your skin and follow your doctor’s advice.

Q: Will the sores from Pyoderma Gangrenosum leave scars? A: Sometimes the sores from Pyoderma Gangrenosum can leave scars, but not always. It’s important to take good care of your skin and let it heal properly.

Q: Can Pyoderma Gangrenosum happen again after it gets better? A: Unfortunately, Pyoderma Gangrenosum can come back even after it gets better. But remember, you have doctors who will always be there to help you.