What is aphthous ulcer?

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.
Canker sores. Aphthous ulcers (canker sores), are small, shallow lesions that develop in your mouth or at the base of your gums. Unlike cold sores, canker sores don't occur on the surface of your lips and aren't contagious. They can be painful, however, and can make eating and talking difficult. Possible causes: citrus fruits (e.g., oranges and lemons), physical trauma, stress, lack of sleep.

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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...

What are aphthous ulcers caused by, and why only some people get them?

Aphthous ulcers. 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 please have the lesions checked out. Read more...
Prevention. The reaction of people to acidic foods is very variable. Some people are just more susceptible to reactions to acidic foods and drinks, like orange juice, pineapple juice, fruits, tomatoes, and others. Stress and anxiety also create problems sometimes. As far as i know, prevention is difficult except for keeping track of what you eat/drink and when you get the sores. Read more...

What helps for aphthous ulcer?

Nothing really. Unfortunately not much can be done for those pesky buggers. They take about 14 days to run their course. It is counterproductive to try to put anything on them. They need to dry out so to speak. If you get them frequently...your doctor can give you a prescription for Acyclovir. Over the counter methods includes taking Lysine which can be purchased at many stores. Try to avoid spicy or aci. Read more...

Just finished 10 days of amoxicillin for dx strep throat. Nnow developed what seems to be aphthous ulcers. 1 on tonsil. Can I wait it out a few days?

Yes. As long as u r fine and have not developed other symptoms u can wait and observe. Meanwhile u can continue to gargle with soft warm water. Stopping brushing ur teeth for a few days may allow the aphthous ulcers to heal quicker. Clean teeth using toothpaste and ur clean finger and swishing ur mouth with water. If the ulcers persist then u shd be seen. . Read more...
Street throat. Unless your Dx of Strep Throat was based on a throat swab test you were likely treated for a viral problem. And the ulcers are part of this. With it out as not much one can do. Read more...

How to cure an aphthous ulcer?

Aphthous ulcers. There is no quick cure but using a combination of liquid mylanta and liquid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and applying a small amount of the combination on the ulcer multiple times a day will cut down on the pain and may help heal it a little quicker. Read more...
Palliation Therapy. Researchers are not sure of the cause of aphthous ulcers. There is no known preventive measure. Treatment is palliative as dr hummel said with low level laser therapy able to relieve pain and accelerate healing with about 5 minutes of trea. Dment. Biolase waterlase iplus or md works well in my practice, of the lasers I have tried. Read more...

How do I know if I have had an aphthous ulcer on my clitoris?

Be checked. Ulcers in the genital area need to be properly evaluated, could be as benign as little trauma to siphilis or even cancer. Please go see your doctor. Read more...
Tough answer. First for you to have an aphthous ulcer there, you had to have oral sex with an infected person. The ulcer is a "cold sore' that is self limiting and is not genital herpes. Only way to verify it would be to be tested. A swab will be taken of the ulcer by your ob/gyn and cultured. There is no other way to determine the answer. Read more...

Any household products or OTC medicines that can cure aphthous ulcer (oral ulcer) effectively and quickly?

Aphthous ulcer. There is no cure for aphthous ulcers (canker sores, but a product called kanka can give some relief from the discomfort. Read more...
Yes, Listerine. Listerine purple bottle 30 second rinses 2-3x/day help it heal faster. If you use the mouthrinse when it first develops, it will keep it small and possibly not develop into a larger size. It goes away much faster than the usual 2 weeks long time frame of pain. Read more...
Ointments. There are several prescription ointments for canker sores that sooth and heal. There is also an ointment called kenalog (triamcinolone) in orabase that acts like an oral bandage to soothe and protect. You should consult your dentist. No real cure for most people. Mostly preventative and protection. Read more...