February 12, 2007

Mouth ulcers or aphtae: How to get rid of them. Part II


Before the mouth ulcer

- Tingling or burning
- Red knobs

When the ulcer appears

- Appearance of one or more small ulcers inside the lips, or cheeks, or palate (soft palate) or underneath the tongue
- White, yellow or gray cover
- Pain when eating, talking, or sleep difficulty.


The doctor will ask you about your medial history and will examine your aphtous ulcers. If these ulcers repeat frequently, the doctor will look for an underlying cause as vitamin or mineral deficiency or an immune system disorder.

If the mouth ulcer can not get healed, it can be taken a small sample or biopsy to analyze the tissues under the microscope to detect cancerous cells.

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February 10, 2007

Mouth ulcers or aphtae: How to get rid of them. Part I

Part I

What are they?

Aphtaes are small, painful and superficial mouth ulcers. They usually come and do, after a brief or long period between two outbreaks. They are not contagious.
What causes them?

They cause is unknown, but some of their triggers are:

- The abnormal response of the immune system against the superficial mouth tissue.
- Genetic predisposition
- Food allergies or sensitivity to certain foods as chocolate, nuts or citric fruits.
- Mouth tissues injury (rough tooth brushing)
- Nutritional deficiencies

Risk factors

A risk factor is a something that increases the chances of contracting a disease or disorders

- Family history of aphta sufferers
- Bad absorption of nutriebnts- Ptrolognued temperature
- HIV or Aids
- Stress
- Hormonal changes in women.

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