If you have a wound in your mouth that causes severe enough pain to prevent you from talking and eating, know that you are not alone. Many healthy people complain of recurrent mouth sores. The most common recurrent mouth sores are herpes and aft. (aphthous ulcer) when seen in the mouth, it is difficult to separate one from the other. Since the cause and treatment of these two lesions are completely different, their separation is very important.
WHAT IS HERPES?
These are a common name given to fluid-filled bubbles that often appear on the lip. It occurs in the mouth, especially in the gums. Although it can also be seen on the hard palate, it is rare. Herpes is usually painful, and the pain occurs several days before the appearance of the lesion. These bubbles burst within hours and become crusty.It takes 7-10 days. Causes: herpes occurs when the herpes simplex virus becomes active. This virus waits quietly and insidiously in patients who have previously had this infection and becomes active in situations such as stress, fever, trauma, hormonal changes, and exposure to sunlight. Recurrent lesions tend to settle in the same place.
CAN HERPES SPREAD?
Yes The amount of time it takes to fully recover from the outbreak of herpes is the riskiest period for the spread of the infection. The virus can also infect your eyes, genitals, other organs and other people.
If a lesion occurs, mucous membranes such as the inside of the mouth, inside of the nose, sexual area should be protected against infection.
Don't squeeze the herpes and blow it up.
Wash your hands carefully when touching someone or before touching your eyes or genitals.
Despite all warnings, it should be noted that the herpes virus can also be transmitted without herpes.
Treatment: currently, there is no definitive treatment, but intensive work is being done on this issue.An antiviral agent such as 5% Acyclovir ointment can be used. Contact your doctor or dentist for information about the latest developments.
WHAT IS AFT?
Aft are small, superficial ulcers that appear on the tongue, soft palate, inner parts of the lips and cheeks. They are quite painful and last 5-10 days. Causes: the best evidence available about the causes is stress, trauma, acidic foods (tomatoes, citrus fruits, etc. changes in the local immune response occur in cases such as exposure to local irritants.
CAN APHTHOUS ULCERS SPREAD?
No. Because the cause is not bacteria or a virus, its local spread or transmission to someone else is out of the question. Treatment: treatment occurs directly with the elimination of the disturbing conditions mentioned earlier and protection from infection. An externally used corticosteroid drug, such as triamquinalone, also helps. Currently, no definitive treatment has been found. Other wounds: for mouth wounds that do not heal for more than two weeks, you