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I have herpetic stomatitis. Im not taking any medication because i can't afford. How long will it heal. I've had since last saturday. ?
Up to two weeks: Self limited disease so does not need medication.
Aphthasol (amlexanox): There are a variety of treatments, but Aphthasol (amlexanox) is one of the most commonly prescribed. It works as an antiallergic and antiinflammatory. However, sometimes avoiding the triggers can help just as much as the treatments. I am interpreting this to be aphthous stomatitis, but there are other forms of stomatitis.
Tissue inflamation: Stomatitis is an inflammation of the mucous lining of any of the structures in the mouth, which may involve the cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, throat, and roof or floor of the mouth. This can be caused by conditions in the mouth itself, such as poor oral hygiene, dietary protein deficiency, poorly fitted dentures, or from mouth burns from hot food or drinks, toxic plants and intrinsic factors.
Inflamed mouth: Inflammation (-itis) of the mouth / oral cavity (stoma) may result from canker sores / aphthous stomatitis, the ulcers of lupus, behcet's, or low neutrophils, necrotizing gingivitis (trench mouth), coxsackie virus herpangina, meeting herpes simplex i for the first time, tobacco, and many other causes.
See below: Several causes representing several diseases. Hook up with a family doctor you trust.
Not the same: Stomatitis is usually “aphthous , ” in which case we don’t know the cause, or it can be caused by viruses other than herpes. Herpes typically causes lesions on the lips. Stomatitis usually occurs in children with the first episode. Since almost all adults already have hsv-1, telling partners isn’t necessary, but it’s reasonable to avoid kissing or oral sex when you have oral ulcers or cold sores.
Initial cold sore : Herpes stomatitis is usually contracted by infants. Most of us will get it and then be susceptible to cold sores on our gums and lips. This is because the virus never leaves our bodies and can be triggered into becoming active by stress, hormones, sunlight, etc. The virus will follow a nerve ending out, which is random, and the reason they can appear in a variety of places.See 5 more doctor answers
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None specific: Normally there are no associated problems, however it amy be associated with food sensitivity, herpes simplex, or reflux. Stress is a factor in some individuals. A food diary can be helpful in pointing to certain foods, however if you eat wheat every day, blood tests amy identify a gluten sensitivity.
Agree: Agree. Additionally, in young kids the most common causative agent is coxackie virus (subtype b19) and can present as "hand foot mouth" syndrome. Herpes simplex viruses can also cause canker sores or cold sores. Pain meds and mixtures of topical meds (miracle mouthwash) can help. "trench mouth" or secondary infections are treated with antibiotics. Otherwise it is self limited.See 5 more doctor answers
Geographic tongue: You are probably referring to a condition called "geographic tongue" or migratory glossitis. It is a benign condition, due to personal variation. It leaves splotchy areas that look like a map, and actually move around over time. No treatment is needed, nor is there anything that can be done. You tongue will just have extra character!
Aphthous ulcer: Are small, benign but painful ulcers of the mouth and throat. They generally resolve on their own in 10-14 days. There are various over the counter remedies that help control the pain.