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What causes genital ulcers?

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Genital ulcers are usually caused by sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes, syphilis, and chancroid (in which bacteria cause skin ulcers to form, usually on the genitals). They may also be caused by an injury or a reaction to a skin care product.

From: What Is an Ulcer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Lower Extremity Ulcers.”

National Health Service U.K.: “Venous Leg Ulcer,” “Mouth Ulcers.”

Circulation Foundation: “Leg Ulcers.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Leg Ulcers CME,” “Diabetic Foot Ulcers,” “Non-sexually Acquired Genital Ulceration.”

PubMed Central: “Venous and Arterial Leg Ulcers.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Diabetic Wound Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bedsores (pressure sores),” “Genital Herpes,” “Peptic Ulcer,” “Osteoarthritis: Overview,” “Canker Sore,” “Depression (major depressive disorder): Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors,” “Crohn’s Disease.”

American Family Physician: “Genital Ulcers: What Causes Them?”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Corneal Ulcer.”

NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Definition and Facts for Peptic Ulcers (Stomach Ulcers).”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “What is Osteoporosis and What Causes It?”

Celiac Disease Foundation, “What Is Celiac Disease?”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Chancroid.”

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Lower Extremity Ulcers.”

National Health Service U.K.: “Venous Leg Ulcer,” “Mouth Ulcers.”

Circulation Foundation: “Leg Ulcers.”

DermNet New Zealand: “Leg Ulcers CME,” “Diabetic Foot Ulcers,” “Non-sexually Acquired Genital Ulceration.”

PubMed Central: “Venous and Arterial Leg Ulcers.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Diabetic Wound Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bedsores (pressure sores),” “Genital Herpes,” “Peptic Ulcer,” “Osteoarthritis: Overview,” “Canker Sore,” “Depression (major depressive disorder): Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors,” “Crohn’s Disease.”

American Family Physician: “Genital Ulcers: What Causes Them?”

American Academy of Ophthalmology: “Corneal Ulcer.”

NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Definition and Facts for Peptic Ulcers (Stomach Ulcers).”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “What is Osteoporosis and What Causes It?”

Celiac Disease Foundation, “What Is Celiac Disease?”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Chancroid.”

 

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on March 14, 2019

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