Ulcers in women and their symptoms are actually are no different than the ones that men can experience. Under the term ulcer we are going to understand a peptic ulcer. They represent sores and lesions that develop in the stomach, intestines, esophagus and even in the mouth and gums area. The latter are also known as canker sores or aphthous ulcers; however, the article will be about the first group.
Symptoms of ulcers in women that take place in the stomach, intestines and esophagus are the following -the most prominent ones are pain and burning sensation that can be long-lasting but can also last just for several minutes. It is very characteristic that such pain tends to aggravate at night and these night flares can be pretty bad. Sometimes the flares are accompanied by black stools as well as fast weight loss and throwing up blood. Besides, appetite alternations are also very frequent.
When it comes to the other group of ulcers in women, canker sores represent mouth ulcers that are either round or oval with a white or yellow center and a red border. It is common that they can heal without leaving any scars. Major sores have got irregular edges and are not so easy to heal. Some of them can actually take up to 6 weeks to get well and they leave scars at the place where a sore healed. Then come herpetiform canker sores – they go in clusters and have irregular edges as well. They take about a fortnight to heal and for the scar to appear. Other symptoms of ulcers in women also include fever and swollen lymph nodes.
Peptic ulcers are generally treated by medications for dealing with the H. pylori bacteria as long as they are responsible for ulcers – appearance. These medications also lower the level of acid in the stomach, therefore, making the recovery faster. In the list of such medications are included antibiotics and acid blockers as well as such remedies as antacids and proton pump inhibitors.
What concerns mouth ulcer treatments, the sores that appear in the mouth do not generally require any treatment as they tend to heal themselves. In case, they do not leave after a period of time, oral medications and nutritional supplements as well as mouth rinses and OTC pastes can be tried. In all the cases when these do not help, it is necessary to look for some underlying reason.