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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Aptha

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Question: I have a small thing but big problem. It is "aphtha" in my mouth and on my tongue. I have it very often and it lasts about 2 weeks. Actually it is not just one. Sometimes there are four or five. I never eat, and it is hard to speak. If you kindly suggest some thing for my above problem I will be very thankful.

Answer: Apthous ulcers in the mouth are a chronic problem in some people. These can he caused by recurrent viruses(particularly herpes), different collagen vascular diseases, or usually unknown causes. It would be useful to culture an ulcer-if it is herpes treatment for herpes can be very effective. If no agent can be demonstrated, local treatment with benadryl or viscous xylocaine is helpful in treating the pain.

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