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Is it any way possible to have genital aphthous ulcers?

Is it any way possible to have genital aphthous ulcers?

In a way: Aphthous ulcers occur in the mouth by definition, but similar genital ulcers are possible. They should be examined and considered in connection with your overall medical history as there are several possible causes. Some include various infections, drug reactions or systemic inflammatory diseases such as Behcet Disease. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Aphthous Ulcers (Definition)

Apthous ulcers affect the loose mucosal surfaces of the oral cavity (cheeks, lips, tongue, etc). They appear as a circular white ulcer with a red halo around the edges. The cause is unknown, but thought to be viral. The most common type, apthous minor, lasts about 10-14 days, are painful for the first 7-10 days, and heal on their own. There is also apthous ...Read more


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Is it any way possible to have genital aphthous ulcers? Because the ulcers in my vagina opening look just like aphthous ulcers in the mouth

Is it any way possible to have genital aphthous ulcers? Because the ulcers in my vagina opening look just like aphthous ulcers in the mouth

See GYN: That are a few autoimmune disorders which can cause aphthous ulcer-like lesions in the mouth and genital areas. You should first get the area examined by a GYN who may refer you to a rheumatologist especially if you suffer eye or joint symptoms as well. ...Read more

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Have just had a colonoscopy and they found some aphthous ulcers in my bowel. What are they?

Have just had a colonoscopy and they found some aphthous ulcers in my bowel. What are they?

Not aphthous ulcers: Aphthous ulcers are generally painful ulcers that occur in the mouth. Typically called 'canker sore', they are recurrent. Since aphthous means ulcer (latin, it's all in the latin), therefore it is a redundant term, and more accurate is the diagnosis of 'aphthous stomatitis'. Among the many associations with other problems, one is a colon disorder known as crohn's; but the ulcer is in the mouth. ...Read more

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Just had a colonoscopy. The report said they found some aphthous ulcers in my bowel. What are they?

Just had a colonoscopy.  The report said they found some aphthous ulcers in my bowel.   What are they?

Ulcers in bowel: The ulcers associated with ulcerative colitis are located in the colon, whereas ulcers in crohn's disease may be found anywhere in the gut from the mouth (aphthous ulcers) to the anus. Ulcerative colitis ulcers are typically shallow and more numerous, while crohn's disease ulcers are usually deeper and with more distinct borders. ...Read more

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What are aphthous ulcers?

What are aphthous ulcers?

Canker sore.: An aphthous ulcer is also known as a canker sore, often a painful circular lesion inside the mouth. It does not have one specific cause, but it can be brought on by many triggers such as stress, infection, vitamin deficiencies, or immune system abnormalities. Other than being painful, they are harmless and can be treated with topical oral agents. ...Read more

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What should I do for painful aphthous ulcers?

What should I do for painful aphthous ulcers?

Prevent trigger: See prior answers relating to these for much more discussion. Each person usually finds that certain things trigger them, e.g. Citrus fruits, lack of sleep, weight loss, iron, vitamin B12 or Folic Acid deficiency, trauma, braces. There are some systemic diseases associated with these: crohn's, behcets, celiac disease. Also think of hot drinks. Oragel topically or antiviral rx early on may help. ...Read more

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What are the chances I have aphthous ulcers vsherpes?

Could be both.: Herpes simplex of the mouth is a common cause of painful, recurrent ulcerations, caused by the virus, that stays indolent in the mouths/lips, and then when triggered by a 'cold' or sun or certain foods, etc, becomes an active lesion. Aphthous ulcer is a more general term, which is associated with many different causes, but not one cause. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: aphthous ulcers?

Canker sores: Apthous ulcers affect the loose mucosal surfaces of the oral cavity (cheeks, lips, tongue, etc). They appear as a circular white ulcer with a red halo around the edges. The cause is unknown, but thought to be viral. The most common type, apthous minor, lasts about 10-14 days, are painful for the first 7-10 days, and heal on their own. There is also apthous major and herpetiform apthous. ...Read more

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Reproductive Organs (Definition)

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more