You were referred to us for leech therapy, and the doctor who administered the treatment told you about its potential side effects and contraindications. This information sheet will give you and the subsequent care physician im- portant details regarding further treatment. Once the leeches have finished extracting blood, the target region is covered with a thick absorbent dressing, which should be left in place until the fol- lowing day. We recommend that you refrain from all strenuous activities on the day of the treatment and elevate the treated limb as frequently as possible. You will have been given additional dressing material. If the primary dress- ing becomes soaked with blood from the leech bite, then cover it with the additional dressing material. Contact our institute/practice if heavy bleeding continues or if you are worried about any other side effects. Call the regular number during office hours or the following number after hours:
We recommend that you come in to have the dressing changed on the day
after the treatment, and that you present for a check-up three to seven days
Once the leeches have dropped off, the leech bite will be covered with a thick absorbent dressing which may restrict your movements. Loosely fitting clothing or wide (open-toe) shoes should be worn over the dressing. It is not advisable to drive a car during this time. State medical programs and basic medical insurance policies usually do not cover the costs of leech therapy. If you have any further questions, please call us during office hours for
The dressing should be changed on the day after treatment. This should pre- ferably be done at our institute/practice. Itching and reddening of the skin around the leech bite may occur. These symptoms are usually harmless and are presumably part of the leeching ef- fect. They usually respond well to simple remedies such as curd compresses, ice, and insect bite ointments (antihistamines Contact us or another physi- cian immediately if the symptoms become more severe (fever, chills, circu- lation problems, etc Approximately one week after treatment, we will contact you to ensure that the treatment was completed properly. This quality control measure is loi your safety and for our records.
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