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Mouth ulcers include lesions, sores, laceration, abrasions, or any open break in the mucosa of the mouth, lips or tongue. Mouth ulcers may also be called stomatitis and are a symptom of a variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. Mouth ulcers can result from vitamin deficiencies, infection, inflammation, trauma, malignancy and other diseases and abnormal processes.
Mouth ulcers can occur in any age group or population. Mouth ulcers can be the result of a mild condition, such as a canker sore or excessive or overly aggressive tooth brushing. Mouth ulcers can also be the result of a moderate condition, disorder or disease, such as gingivitis or a cold sore. Mouth ulcers can also occur due to some diseases, disorders and conditions that can be serious, even life-threatening. These include oral cancer and leukoplakia.
Depending on the cause, mouth ulcers can be short-term and disappear quickly, such as when mouth ulcers occur due to ill-fitting dentures that are replaced by properly fitting dentures. Mouth ulcers can also occur chronically or long-term, such as mouth ulcers that happens with oral cancer or periodontal disease that is not treated.
Mouth ulcers can be the result of a wide variety of other conditions, including trauma to the mouth, teeth or gums, and as a side effect of certain medications, such as chemotherapy. For more details about causes, see causes of mouth ulcers.
Mouth ulcers often occur in conjunction with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Other common symptoms include mouth pain, bad breath, jaw swelling, tooth fracture, bleeding gums, unusual patches or rashes in the mouth or on the lips or tongue.
Diagnosing mouth ulcers and their root cause begins with taking a thorough personal and family medical history, including symptoms, and completing a physical examination. This includes an oral examination and oral X-rays. A full dental examination, performed by a dentist and/or periodontist (a specialist in periodontal disease) may be recommended is the cause is believed to be due to periodontal disease.
Diagnosing many common causes of mouth ulcers, such as oral thrush, cold sores and canker sores, can often be made by the symptoms and the appearance of the mouth ulcers. Making a diagnosis of mouth ulcers may also include performing a variety of tests to help to diagnose potential underlying diseases, conditions or disorders, such as oral cancer and leukoplakia. Tests can include biopsy of the mouth ulcers.
A diagnosis of mouth ulcers and their cause can easily be delayed or missed because symptoms of mouth ulcers may be mild or intermittent and for other reasons. For information on misdiagnosis, refer to misdiagnosis of mouth ulcers.
Treatment of mouth ulcers varies based on the underlying cause. Some conditions can be easily and successfully treated and cured, while others may require more intensive treatment and may not have an optimal prognosis. For more information on treatment, refer to treatment of mouth ulcers....more »
Diagnosing mouth ulcers and its cause may be delayed or missed because in some cases, mouth ulcers may not be severe enough or painful enough for a person to seek medical care. Mouth ulcers are a symptom of many different conditions, some potentially serious, such as oral cancer, so a thorough medical evaluation is needed to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the reason ...more misdiagnosis »
The following medical conditions are some of the possible
causes of Mouth ulcers.
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Treatment of mouth ulcers begins with prevention. This includes seeking regular dental care (twice yearly) and maintaining good oral hygiene, such as brushing the teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day.
Treatment plans for mouth ulcers are individualized based on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, ...Mouth ulcers Treatments
Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Mouth ulcers may include:
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The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible
causes of Mouth ulcers as a symptom.
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including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.
When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Mouth ulcers as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.
Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Mouth ulcers may include these symptoms:
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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Mouth ulcers. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
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causes of Mouth ulcers as a symptom include:
A loss of mucous substance of the mouth showing local excavation of the surface, resulting from the sloughing of inflammatory necrotic tissue. It is the result of a variety of causes, e.g., denture irritation, aphthous stomatitis (STOMATITIS, APHTHOUS); NOMA; necrotizing gingivitis (GINGIVITIS, NECROTIZING, ULCERATIVE); TOOTHBRUSHING; and various irritants. (From Jablonski, Dictionary of Dentistry, 1992, p842)
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The list of organs typically affected by Mouth ulcers may include, but is not limited to:
The list below shows some of the causes of Mouth ulcers mentioned in various sources:
This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Mouth ulcers. Of the 253 causes of Mouth ulcers that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:
The following list of conditions have 'Mouth ulcers' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have Mouth ulcers or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Mouth ulcers based
on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:
Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Mouth ulcers, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.
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Subtypes of Mouth ulcers:
Aphthous Ulcer (82 causes)
Medical Conditions associated with Mouth ulcers:
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Symptoms related to Mouth ulcers:
Mouth rash (15 causes), Throat rash (10 causes), Tongue color changes, Skin pigmentation changes (72 causes), Viral infection, Oral candidiasis (30 causes), Herpes simplex, Aphthous ulcer (82 causes), Anemia (926 causes), Chronic infections, Dietary deficiency, Chickenpox, Measles, Erythema multiforme
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