Canker Sores (cont.)

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What should I do if I get canker sores frequently?

If a person suffers from frequent canker sores, there may be an underlying medical reason or illness that causes them. See a doctor or dentist if there are any concerns that canker sores are frequent.

Predisposition to canker sores may just be genetic. However, some diseases that affect the immune system such as lupus, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, or HIV/AIDS may cause frequent or recurrent canker sores.

Doctor's can order tests to determine if there is an underlying medical reason for a person's frequent canker sores.

Medically reviewed by Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, MBA, FAAFP; Diplomat, American Board of Family Medicine

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Femiano, F., Lanza, Alessandro. et al. Guidelines for Diagnosis and Mangement of Aphthous and Stomatitis. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. August 2007; vol 26: pp 728-732.

PubMedHealth.gov. Canker Sore.

University of Maryland Medical Center. Goldenseal.

University of Maryland Medical Center. Licorice.

WebMD.com. Canker Sores.

WebMD.com. Understanding Canker Sore Symptoms.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/9/2014

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