APHTHOUS ULCERS AND COLD SORES—DIFFERENCES? Albuquerque dentist
Although many dentists and physicians treat aphthous ulcers, also known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS), the same as they treat cold sores (caused by herpes simplex virus), they have very different causes and presentations. The disease often presents as a red circle of inflammation around a white, ulcerated area. The disease almost always occurs on the oral mucosa, instead of attached gingiva and lips, as herpes simples does.
Research at the Sahlgreska Academy has recently shed more information on a variety of causes for RAS. RAS is not caused by a virus as herpes simplex is, so anti-virals provide no benefit for RAS. The research at the Academy indicates that there may be many complex interacting factors contributing to the disease.
Among the causes listed in the report, food allergies, hereditary factors, and bacterial imbalance in the mouth all can play a part. Most treatment is directed at reducing the symptoms of the disease, which can be debilitating and very painful.
An article about this study in sciencedaily.com can be read by clicking here.
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