Aphthous Ulcers Information and Treatment
Aphthous ulcers are also known as canker sores.
They are temporary sores that may occur anywhere in the mouth except
on the gums, lips, or roof of the mouth. Benign as burning or
tingling sensation and tend to be small and shallow. Women are
generally affected more often than men. A red spot or bump usually
forms,which develops into an open ulcer. They can occur one at a
time or as a group of sores. Although these sores are not serious,
other mouth sores may be. Aphthous ulcers that occur in conjunction
with symptoms of uveitis, genital ulcerations, conjunctivitis,
arthritis, fever or adenopathy should prompt a search for a serious
Aphthous ulcers are a common and painful problem.
The term "aphthous" is a derivative of the Greek word "aphtha" which
means ulceration. They are a shallow ulcer with a white or
whitish/yellow base surrounded by a reddish border. Canker sores
usually appear on the inner surface of the cheeks and lips, tongue,
soft palate, and the base of the gums. Aphthous Ulcers is a very
common type of skin disorders but is very dangerous also. Aphthous
ulcers are single or multiple ulcers of the inside of the mouth that
tend to recur. The lesions may affect patients at any age although
the peak occurrence is in young adults. The ulcers are shallow and
are often accompanied by soreness and pain. The ulcers usually last
one to two weeks.