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Aspirin can aid bandage as the best treatment for leg ulcers

Best practice for venous leg ulcers is a firm graduated compression bandage to reduce venous hypertension, aid venous return and reduce peripheral oedema. Sadly, many healed ulcers recur within three months, possibly due to prolonged inflammatory response.

Bandage is the best way to reduce pressure on ulcers, but taking aspirin as well can improve healing time and help prevent recurrent episodes

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Aspirin can reduce this inflammation by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase, thereby blocking the production of several potent stimulators of inflammation.

Previous studies have shown that daily administration of aspirin (300mg) with compression bandaging reduces healing time when compared with compression alone.

The researchers aim to replicate these findings in a larger study and hope to show that low-dose aspirin is a safe and low-cost way to improve healing time and the number of recurrent episodes of venous leg ulcer.

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