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    Can you have bechet's disease and Ulcerative colitis?

    I have ulcers on my tounge and lips so I saw a GP who said I had cankers sores and behcet's disease because I have Ulcerative Colitis and gave me the medication Fungilin but I was told by my pharmacist that this is to treat fungal infection. is this normal treatment for bechets disease and is it related to ULCerative Colits?
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    For more than 25 years, Crohn’s & Colitis Australia™ (formerly the Australian Crohn’s and Colitis Association) has been making life more liveable for more than … View Profile

    Whilst Behcet’s and ulcerative colitis sometimes share similar symptoms as a result of inflammation in the body, they are quite separate conditions.   Canker sores (mouth sores) or ulcers occur in a number of conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease – most commonly Crohn’s, and can also develop from  problems confined to the mouth.  To help reach a diagnosis of Behcet’s disease requires looking into whether other tell-tale symptoms and signs are present which affect the eyes and genitals.  Having ulcers on the lips and tongue may suggest otherwise.  For proper assessment and diagnosis it’s important that you consult with your gastroenterologist who is treating your ulcerative colitis.  Fungilin is an anti-fungal used to treat candida yeast infections within the mouth.

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