What is the reason for recurrent aphthous stomatitis?

Apthous stomatitis. Apthous ulcers or canker sores occur for various reasons or triggers. They are believed to be an auto-immune type lesion to several triggers, like trama. I have patients that get lesions when they drink red wine, or eat peanuts. They normally run their course for ten to fourteen days. They can be treated topically to relieve pain.
Canker sores. The cause of aphthous stomatitis or canker sores is not known. It is a common disorder and is frequently recurrent. It can also run in some families implying some genetic factor. Recurrence has been tied to lack of sleep, stress, citrus fruits, trauma from things such as coarse toothbrush bristles, abrasive food like chips, etc. No clear treatment seems to be uniformly affective.
Poor diet. Make sure that your diet, including between meals, is "god made" food. Taking a supplement of lysine (an amino acid) is helpful and you can get that at a health food store.

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What is the definition or description of: aphthous stomatitis?

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. Read more...

What are the tests for aphthous stomatitis?

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. Read more...

What sort of problem is aphthous stomatitis?

Stomatitis. We really dont know the cause. We believe is viral. It can occur on the tongue and gums. Very painful. May last 7-10 days. There is a paste we can prescribe for it. Sometimes we prescribe pen vk (a great oral antibiotic)if we are concerned about infection (it rarely occurs). Take tylenol, (acetaminophen) fluids.See a doctor if needed. Read more...
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. Read more...
Aphthous stomatitis. Also called canker sores, is a benign non-contagious mouth ulceration, mostly related to stress which affects the immune system, & rarely due to systemic diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases. Read more...
Several causes. In addition to the viral causes, there are also other causes. Stress, trauma, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal, allergies, and sensitivity to sls in toothpaste and immune deficiencies are other causes. Avoid acidic and spicy foods during outbreak. Generally the only teatment is symptomatic as suggested previously. Get checked if you have them frequently or if they are large. Read more...
Aphthous Ulcers. We don't really know the cause of aphthous ulcers. Trauma, stress and an autoimmune component are probably the most likely cause. Unlike cold sores, they are not caused by a virus. Here is a good resource for more information: http://www.Med.Nyu.Edu/content?Chunkiid=11983. Read more...

Do lots of people get aphthous stomatitis, or is it unusual?

Canker sores? 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...
Aphthous ulcers. I agree but if your mouth ulcers are associated with eye irritation or arthritis check with your doctor. I good treatment for benign apthous ulcers is lactivex solution rinced in the mouth and kenalog (triamcinolone) in orabase for more resistent cases. Read more...
Aphthous ulcers. Many people suffer from painful aphthous ulcers. One possible cause is a sensitivity to a common ingredient found in most toothpastes called sodium lauryl sulfate, a foam detergent. Switching to a toothpaste not containing this ingredient may prevent these painful ulcers to occur again. (biotene). Read more...

Are there some genetic reasons I get aphthous stomatitis off and on?

Probably not, but... If the reason for your aphthous ulcers are canker sores, then you may have acquired the infectious agent that causes the sores from a family member, but genetic predisposition is unlikely. However, if your aphthous ulcers are secondary to crohn's disease, then the answer is maybe. About 15% of close relatives of crohn's patients carry genes that predispose for this inflammatory bowel disease. Read more...
Possibly. The cause of aphthous stomatitis (canker sores) is unknown, but the disease has been linked to genetic, nutritional and immunological triggers as well as bacterial infections. People with recurrent lesions may have iron, folic acid, and certain b vitamin deficiency. There is evidence that genetics can modify the risk of recurrent sores, many with this condition have a family history of recurrence. Read more...

Is Aphthous stomatitis herpes or not? Can it cause std's in any way?

No. Aphthae are not herpes and are not STD. The cause is not known. Usually trivial, they may be painful. There are several treatments but usually nothing is needed. They are NOT due to any food nor are they due to "stress". Read more...

Does aphthasol (amlexanox) (rx) for canker sores (aphthous stomatitis) work?

Yes. The medication has two function: anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic. Remember that canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are different from herpes ulcers (cold sores). There are many triggers, and they are divided into minor and major. Symptomatic relief is usually all that can be provided -- and avoiding things that trigger the aphthae. Read more...