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I have a friend with terrible mouth ulcers. Potentially caused by stress. Can you give me some advice to help them out?

I have a friend with terrible mouth ulcers. Potentially caused by stress. Can you give me some advice to help them out?

Depends on cause: Aphthous stomatitis involving the common canker sore can occur in up to 15% of americans, and may involve some bacteria like staph epidermidis. However, similar-appearing aphthous ulcers can be seen with herpes, crohn's disease, and other systemic disorders, if you have multiple aphthous ulcers or frequently recurring ones, drop the salt (!) and please have the lesions checked out. ...Read more

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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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I have ulcers in my mouth and small red acnes under l the skin in my chest what it would be and may stress be a cause for it?

I have ulcers in my mouth and small red acnes under l the skin in my chest what it would be and may stress be a cause for it?

Stress is good: Most "stress" is helpful -- it keeps us from doing nothing and wasting our lives, and provides the discomfort we need to make us achieve and be fulfilled. The "stress" that comes from abuse or impossible situations needs to be managed, and we can learn new patterns of thinking to cope better. Acne and mouth sores are only marginally stress-related & best managed medically. Cheers. ...Read more

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How can canker sores or mouth ulcers be caused by stress?

How can canker sores or mouth ulcers be caused by stress?

Stress & mouth sores: The reason stress can cause mouth sores is that stress can cause a decrease in your immune system. This in turn can cause different types of problems like apthous ulcers, or stress ulcers to arise in your mouth. Other lesions like herpes simplex, or canker sores on the lips also will arise because the virus causing the lesion is left unchecked by the decrease in the immune system. ...Read more

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When are mouth ulcers considered as herpes? I have a huge ulcer on my bottom lip. Can it be caused by stress?

When are mouth ulcers considered as herpes? I have a huge ulcer on my bottom lip. Can it be caused by stress?

Yes/No: Oral herpes is caused by hsv (virus). Once you are infected, the virus stays in your nervous system and affect your body at times of stress. Without the hsv, stress only will not cause cold sores. Ulcers by herpes (hsv) are called cold sores, and share recognizable characteristics in their size, locations, etc. Culture or blood test can be done to confirm this viral infection. ...Read more

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My face became all dry and I have a ulcer at the corner of my lip. It pains when I open my mouth. I do have exams. Is it related to stress?

My face became all dry and I have a ulcer at the corner of my lip. It pains when I open my mouth. I do have exams. Is it related to stress?

It depends: Psychological or physiological stress may precipitate many of dermatologic conditions by affecting the state of the immune system. Nevertheless, the mouth ulcers can be caused by an infectious agents, such as yeast and bacteria, medications, but can also be caused by immunobullous disorders. A proper evaluation by a primary care physician or dermatologist would be warranted. ...Read more

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I'm having oral ulcers, I often have them during my exams or when I'm in stress. I need advise on how to get of these mouth ulcers.

I'm having oral ulcers, I often have them during my exams or when I'm in stress. I need advise on how to get of these mouth ulcers.

Mouth ulcers: If you're talking about herpetic ulcers, my colleagues' suggestions of Acyclovir and lysine may be helpful. For apthous ulcers (aka canker sores), swishing with salt water may help -- also chewing dgl tablets, and sucking slippery elm lozenges can help your mouth lining heal. B complex vitamins help, and avoiding toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulphate (a foaming agent commonly found). ...Read more

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I get mouth ulcers during exams. The doctor says its stress related. It gets very painful and the gels I apply don't really work much. What do I do?

I get mouth ulcers during exams. The doctor says its stress related. It gets very painful and the gels I apply don't really work much. What do I do?

Apthous ulcers ideas: These ulcers can be really painful. You can suck on zinc lozenges, or chewing deglycyrrhizinated (dgl) licorice tablets may help your mouth lining heal. You can avoid toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulphate in it, since this may make recurrence more likely. Slippery elm lozenges may help also. Take a b-100 b complex vitamin daily. ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep and feeling bit stressed bring on mouth ulcers if so how do I stop them?

Can lack of sleep and feeling bit stressed bring on mouth ulcers if so how do I stop them?

Sleep deprivation: Sleep deprivation is known to be associated with a temporary "weakening" of your immune system. There are certain immune modulators (proteins involved in fighting infections) that are decreased with sleep deprivation and since mouth ulcers are generally viral in origin decreased sleep can definitely cause them to reappear. Ultimately, try to get more sleep. ...Read more

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What is the difference between mouth ulcer, canker sore, cold sore, and stress sore?

What is the difference between mouth ulcer, canker sore, cold sore, and stress sore?

Mouth sores: All of these types are related to the fact that viruses are present at all times and when the patient is susceptible, i.e., tired, under stress, not eating well, etc, the ulcer appears. Antiviral drugs may helpful but they need to be taken at the first symptoms, abreva is an oct medication that can be purchased and applied with q-tip to the affected lip area. See your dentist if needed. ...Read more

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What causes black ulcers on and under tongue?

What causes black ulcers on and under tongue?

Get it checked out!: Black ulcers on and under ones tongues are suspicious and need to be evaluated by a physician. They may need to be biopsied/ sample taken to make sure they are not cancerous and determine a cause.
There are benign ulcers but these are red based ulcers, painful and called canker sores. There are benign black tongue changes, called black hairy tongue, but this only occurs on the top of ones tongue. ...Read more

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Are stress ulcers a real thing? I don't understand how being stressed out could cause a mucosal break. How can emotions cause that to happen?

Are stress ulcers a real thing? I don't understand how being stressed out could cause a mucosal break. How can emotions cause that to happen?

H-pylori bacterial: Infection is the cause of ulcers. Having said that, stress can may any physical or psychological condition worse. Please get treatment / support for both. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What causes tongue ulcers?

What causes tongue ulcers?

Tongue ulcers: Some are the result of a viral infection from the herpes simplex virus. Some are mouth ulcers (aphthous ulcers), which are of unknown origin, but are thought to occur from stress, injury (biting the tongue), acidic foods, hormonal changes, allergies, or certain systemic diseases. ...Read more

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Can anxiety or long term stress cause ulcer?

Can anxiety or long term stress cause ulcer?

Many causes of ulcer: A stomach ulcer is literally a hole in the stomach lining. H.Pylori bacteria & use of nsaid's are independent but common risk factors, as are age, tobacco use, & prior history of ulceration. Admission to the ICU can result in stress-related ulceration within the first few days of hospitalization. Also, significant burns (curling's ulcer), head trauma (cushing's ulcer), sheering forces, cancer. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of a recurrent tongue ulcer in the same area?

What could be the cause of a recurrent tongue ulcer in the same area?

Should be evaluated: While it could be getting irritated from a chipped, pointy or rough adjacent tooth, any lesion that lasts for more than two weeks (or recurs in this case) should be seen by your general dentist or an oral surgeon to rule out other possibly more serious causes. ...Read more

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Could stress cause an ulcer in a woman in her mid 20s? What are the symptoms?

Could stress cause an ulcer in a woman in her mid 20s? What are the symptoms?

Yes: Ulcers in the twenties are common. It could be an infection, stress, genetic vulnerability, food, other illness, and so on. Go to your family physician and get a basic, thorough evaluation. If no other serious condition is found, a trial of antacids may very well clear this up. Some ulcers are bacterial in origin, and a regimen of antibiotics for a few weeks may clear that up. ...Read more

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I've had tongue ulcers for a yr. With cut marks on the sides. What could cause this?

I've had tongue ulcers for a yr. With cut marks on the sides. What could cause this?

HSV-1: The HSV-1 Virus is known to cause ulcerations and sores in the mouth. It is possible you have this, ...The same virus causes "cold sores" on the lips, etc. Some people have higher HSV-1 concentrations than others and are prone to these type of things. Get an eval to be properly diagnosed and treated. Good luck ...Read more

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Ulcer appears on tongue approximately every month. It appears in the exact same place every time. On the front of the tongue. What is the cause?

Ulcer appears on tongue approximately every month. It appears in the exact same place every time. On the front of the tongue. What is the cause?

Tongue lesions: Hello,
I usually have patients place the tongue in a comfortable position then slowly open and close the teeth paying close attention to the teeth and their anatomical wear and anatomy. It's probably associated to the teeth at the line of dental occlusion. See your dentist. ...Read more

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Can stress cause venous stasis ulcers to worsen?

Can stress cause venous stasis ulcers to worsen?

Stress Veins: Not specifically. Stress is never a helpful thing--we do not recommend stress to help cure our patients no matter what the disease may be. Venous stasis ulcers will worsen if the underlying pathology, increased pressure of the veins, is not addressed nor treated appropriately. Other causes of worsening ulcers can include an infectious etiology also. ...Read more

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Can doctors differentiate between ulcers causes by stress vs nsaids? Like in tests

Can doctors differentiate between ulcers causes by stress vs nsaids? Like in tests

Possible: Nsaids tends to worsen any ulcer but tends to induce multiple ulcers. Otherwise ulcer usually affects one or two areas. The diagnosis however would be primarily based on the history. Another common cause for ulcer is h pylori infection. ...Read more

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Can a tongue ulcer cause tongue cancer?

Can a tongue ulcer cause tongue cancer?

Not really: Tongue ulcers do not turn into cancers but they may be cancers to begin with. ...Read more

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Can Paroxetine help to heal a gastritis and ulcer if they are caused by stress and anxiety?

Can Paroxetine help to heal a gastritis and ulcer if they are caused by stress and anxiety?

Paxil (paroxetine) can help: Gastritis can certainly be worsened by stress. Paxil (paroxetine) can help if your stress, depression, or anxiety is so severe that it is causing impairment. It is not uncommon to have stress and anxiety show up as physical signs and symptoms. Diet and exercise can help, too. Good luck! ...Read more

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Stress makes everything worse. Why is this used as a diagnostic reason for the cause of IBS? They said the same thing about ulcers.

Stress makes everything worse. Why is this used as a diagnostic reason for the cause of IBS? They said the same thing about ulcers.

Because it is true: Our bodies react to stress w/ cellular preparation for flight or fight. All systems are affected. Energy is released to muscles, circulation and respiration peaks. It's harder to run or fight w/ full gut/bladder - so they are voided. Released hormones are irritating if exposure is chronic and brain chemicals too are altered. So, we try to reduce, avoid or manage stress. Right? Therapy helps. ...Read more

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I always get pimple under my tongue, what can be the cause of it? Usually one at a time, approx 1-2mm in diameter, afrer days it turns into an ulcer.

I always get pimple under my tongue, what can be the cause of it? Usually one at a time, approx 1-2mm in diameter, afrer days it turns into an ulcer.

Mucocele: Could be a mucocele. Underneath the tongue is a very common place for them and it may be rupturing after a few days looking like an ulcer. Mucoceles are caused by an obstructed or ruptured salivary gland duct, hence clear fluid within. Some mucoceles spontaneously resolve on their own after a short time. Others are chronic and requmucire removal through minimally invasive sx or the use of a laser. ...Read more

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Can stress cause stomach ulcer?

Can stress cause stomach ulcer?

Stress affects GI: Functioning, including stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation, increase or decrease in appetite, etc., and it certainly seems to contribute to ulcer activity in many people. But an australian physician discovered in 1982 that the bacterium helicobacter pylori plays a major role in stomach and duodenal ulcers. Manage stress and check with a physician about an antibiotic for stomach ulcers. ...Read more

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Will spicy food and stress cause stomach ulcers?

Will spicy food and stress cause stomach ulcers?

Stress - yes: Stress can cause stomach ulcers by increasing the acid production in the stomach. ...Read more

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If you have an ulcer caused by stress/high nsaid use, and continue to do so will you develop a bleed/other probs? How long?

If you have an ulcer caused by stress/high nsaid use, and continue to do so will you develop a bleed/other probs? How long?

Yes, you could: Definitely make it worse and if the ulcer develops further, it can erode the entire lining until it hits an artery, which can be very dangerous. Time is different for everyone. Some people this could take months or never progress, while others can take it for a few days and get into a dangerous situation. Best to have a scope done to see how bad the ulcer is and discontinue nsaids, start a ppi. ...Read more

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How can nervousness and stress cause someone to have a duodenal ulcer?

How can nervousness and stress cause someone to have a duodenal ulcer?

Increased acid: The exact mechanism may be more complicated but essentially stress increases the production of stomach acid. ...Read more

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Sir I had mouth ulcer now in tongue is there any specific cause? Any is treatment?

Sir I had mouth ulcer now in tongue is there any specific cause? Any is treatment?

Mouth Ulcer: Could be from an injury or if you have been run down just an outbreak of the coxsackie virus that causes cold sores. Treatment is time. It takes 7-10 days for cold sores to heal. If it last longer then see your md/dentist. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more