Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Recurrent Mouth Ulcers

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 12:07 PM

Question: What can be done to heal and stop recurrent ulcers in the mouth, tongue, and throat?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Recurring ulcers of your mouth, tongue, and throat should be evaluated by a medical professional. They may be simple stress ulcers, or you may be vitamin deficient, or you may be unlucky enough to have some condition predisposing you to forming ulcers.

Some recurring mouth ulcers may be from a herpes virus of either type 1 (cold sore version) or type 2 (genital herpes) origin. Other very common mouth ulcers are bacterial. We have effective oral antiviral and antibacterial agents for both these infectious causes of mouth ulcers.

Occasionally, less common disorders such as selective vitamin deficiencies (B or C vitamins) or underlying immune related conditions or infections may be present and need further evaluation.

Recurring oral lesions should always be evaluated by a professional. Sometimes blood and/or lesion testing is advised, especially if lesions continue to recur despite intervention.

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