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how much time will a venous ulcer using compression bandages take to heal?

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Dr. Douglas Joyce
Phlebology 40 years experience
Temporary fix: Venous ulcers are the result of major underlying venous disease which usually can be corrected. If done properly, the ulcers will heal in most cases and rarely return. Compression can heal ulcers but 40% of them return in the first year.

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How do you tell the difference between ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease?

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Are there other illnesses with symptoms similar to peptic ulcers?

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What is the treatment for ulcerative colitis?

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2 complex tosay here: Depends on extent of disease, severity of disease, response to meds. Diet may affect symptoms, more so than inflammation. Lots of medical rx available, including oral, rectal meds. Can include steroids, antiinflammatories, immune modulators, biologics, antibiotics, probiotics, and surgery. See your md/gi md for specifics.

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