Venous ulcer returned.

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Well, it came back again. I had finished wound care and within a couple weeks , the ulcer reopened. Week after week, wound care, wrapping cleaning compression. Only to have it open again. I tried to manage it myself. But it became infected, I got cellulitis and a fungal infection. I was admitted in hospital for 6 days. IV with antibiotics. So, I could not smoke a cigarette for 6 days. Hmmmm. Well. Let me see if not smoking helps. I've been told how bad smoking is on the veins. Let's see if this helps. I will keep you updated. Has anyone else quit smoking and seen improvement in their health? Please respond. Terry

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    I'm so sorry to hear that your ulcer has come back, that must have been very disappointing after it healed.  I don't know if stopping smoking helps or not, I know the nurses want me to lose weight so my ulcers will heal, I am very obese.  I've had an ulcer on both legs for 3 years now and I have compression bandaging.

    Anyway Terrycafe, good luck if you do try and give up smoking, it's not easy I'm sure.  Best wishes to you.

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      HI Alison , thanks for your response. I just got back on the forum. I'm glad I did, because there is much support here. Most people don't understand unless they have gone through it. Let me know how you are doing. Thanks. Terry

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    Hi ! Please let me know about smoking!!! I smoke also and am curious if it really slows down the healing of leg ulcers!!!
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      Hi coral. I just saw your message to me. Well. Everything I have learned so far, smoking is a huge problem in wound healing. Some doctors will not even do surgery until the patient quits for a few months. It's been tough, but I have quit. I want my health. So tired of not feeling good. Oh. Plus I'm trying to lose the weight. It all will help. I see very few thin people with vein problems like mine. I'm about 50 pounds overweight. Let me know what's going on. Terry

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