Learn About Mouth Ulcers

What is the definition of Mouth Ulcers?

Mouth ulcers are sores or open lesions in the mouth.

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What are the alternative names for Mouth Ulcers?

Oral ulcer; Stomatitis - ulcerative; Ulcer - mouth

What are the causes of Mouth Ulcers?

Mouth ulcers are caused by many disorders. These include:

  • Canker sores
  • Gingivostomatitis
  • Herpes simplex (fever blister)
  • Leukoplakia
  • Oral cancer
  • Oral lichen planus
  • Oral thrush

A skin sore caused by histoplasmosis may also appear as a mouth ulcer.

What are the symptoms of Mouth Ulcers?

Symptoms will vary, based on the cause of the mouth ulcer. Symptoms may include:

  • Open sores in the mouth
  • Pain or discomfort in the mouth
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What are the current treatments for Mouth Ulcers?

The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms.

  • The underlying cause of the ulcer should be treated if it is known.
  • Gently cleaning your mouth and teeth may help relieve your symptoms.
  • Medicines that you rub directly on the ulcer. These include antihistamines, antacids, and corticosteroids that may help soothe discomfort.
  • Avoid hot or spicy foods until the ulcer is healed.
Who are the top Mouth Ulcers Local Doctors?
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Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa

Istanbul, TR 

Gulen Hatemi is in Istanbul, Turkey. Hatemi is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Mouth Ulcers. They are also highly rated in 20 other conditions, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Behcet Disease, Mouth Sores, Mouth Ulcers, and Uveitis.

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NYU Center For Musculoskeletal Care

New York, NY 

Yusuf Yazici is a Rheumatologist in New York, New York. Dr. Yazici has been practicing medicine for over 28 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Mouth Ulcers. He is also highly rated in 9 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Mouth Ulcers, Mouth Sores, Arthritis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. He is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine and licensed to treat patients in New York. Dr. Yazici is currently accepting new patients.

 
 
 
 
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Graduate School Of Medicine, Nippon Medical School

Kanagawa, JP 

Mitsuhiro Takeno is in Kanagawa, Japan. Takeno is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Mouth Ulcers. They are also highly rated in 6 other conditions, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Mouth Sores, Mouth Ulcers, Behcet Disease, and Vasculitis.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Mouth Ulcers?

The outcome varies depending on the cause of the ulcer. Many mouth ulcers are harmless and heal without treatment.

Some types of cancer may first appear as a mouth ulcer that does not heal.

What are the possible complications of Mouth Ulcers?

Complications may include:

  • Cellulitis of the mouth, from secondary bacterial infection of ulcers
  • Dental infections (tooth abscesses)
  • Oral cancer
  • Spread of contagious disorders to other people
When should I contact a medical professional for Mouth Ulcers?

Contact your provider if:

  • A mouth ulcer does not go away after 3 weeks.
  • You have mouth ulcers return often, or if new symptoms develop.
How do I prevent Mouth Ulcers?

To help prevent mouth ulcers and complications from them:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day.
  • Get regular dental cleanings and checkups.
Oral thrush
Canker sore (aphthous ulcer)
Lichen planus on the oral mucosa
Mouth sores
What are the latest Mouth Ulcers Clinical Trials?
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Main Objective While Treating the Ulcers is to Reduce the Discomfort and Accelerate Healing. Thus the Purpose of the Study is to Find Out Therapeutic Role of Topical Folic Acid on Oral Ulcerations
What are the Latest Advances for Mouth Ulcers?
Case Report: Pyogenic Arthritis, Pyoderma Gangrenosum, and Acne: A Single-Center Experience and Literature Review.
Treatment of Severe Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura Associated with COVID-19.
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Neonatal oral myiasis caused by the larvae of Sarcophaga ruficornis (Diptera: Sarcophagidae): a case report.
What are our references for Mouth Ulcers?

Daniels TE, Jordan RC. Diseases of the mouth and salivary glands. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 397.

James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM. Disorders of the mucous membranes. In: James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM, eds. Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 34.

Pham KL, Mirowski GW. Oral disease and oral-cutaneous manifestations of gastrointestinal and liver disease. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 24.

Simon L, Silk H. Diseases of the mouth. In: Kellerman RD, Rakel DP, eds. Conn's Current Therapy 2021. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:1029-1034.