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[af′thē] pl. aphthae
Etymology: Gk, aphtha, eruption
a small, shallow, painful ulceration that usually affects the oral mucosa, but not underlying bone. Aphthae occasionally may affect other body tissues, including those of the GI tract and the external genitals. They do not appear to be infectious, contagious, or sexually transmitted. See also aphthous stomatitis,foot-and-mouth disease. aphthous, adj.


(1) Canker sores.
(2) A nonspecific term for any ulcer of a mucous membrane;


Coldsores, see there; herpetic ulcers.


Plural of aphtha.


Small, superficial, and often painful ulcers of the inside of the mouth and sometimes of the skin of the genitals. See also APHTHOUS ULCERS.

Patient discussion about aphthae

Q. Is it possible to prevent appearance of oral aphthae? I get these a lot and lately I've heard it comes as a result of stress or weak immune system. Is that true? Is there a way to make it go away forever????? anyone who has ever had this annoying thing in his mouth knows what I'm talking about... I know all the possible curing ways- I'm looking for prevention now...thanx!

A. welcome to my life! every time the air get's a little dry i get 1-3 aphthae and can't eat for the next 4-6 days. so i investigated a little, and i'm sorry but right now no one really knows what causes them. they know that from some reason the body get's an immune reaction in the oral mucosa and that causes an ulcer. but a friend of mine went to an Ayurveda therapist that told him to stop eating tomatoes and eggplants (in any way, cooked,baked,fried) and he says he stop getting aphthae. so you might try Ayurveda for prevention. it could help...

Q. aphthous stomatitis can someone please explain me what it is? and what is the best way to treat it?

A. A canker sore (aphthous stomatitis) is an illness that causes small ulcers to appear in the mouth, usually inside the lips, on the cheeks, or on the tongue. What causes aphthous stomatitis (canker sores)?
The exact cause of this disease is not known. There are many factors that are thought to be involved with the development of canker sores, including:

Weakened immune system
Certain allergies may cause the lesions to appear, such as:
Citrus fruits
Viruses and bacteria

The following are the most common symptoms of aphthous stomatitis. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
Ulcers in the mouth, usually inside the lips, on the cheeks, or on the tongue
Ulcers that are covered with a yellow layer and have a red base
For the full article:
http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/info/oral/diagnose/aphthous-stomatitis.htm Hope this helps.

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Often vulvar aphthae are misdiagnosed as a sexually transmitted disease.
Aphthae often are preceded by fever, malaise, and sore throat, followed quickly by vulvar pain and ulcerations, suggesting that the aphthae are precipitated by a viral syndrome.
The prodrome plus vulvar aphthae "doesn't make it Behcet's disease," which is a chronic, systemic disease, she added.
In 20 percent of patients with recurring aphthae infections, deficiencies such as iron, folate and vitamins B-1, B-2, B-6 and B-12 are being found.
Even certain toothpastes can predispose a patient to aphthae outbreaks.
Oral manifestations of Crohn's disease other than aphthae occur in as many as 9% of patients.