Talk:Aphthous stomatitis

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  • Find a suitable secondary source to support content about Zinc and aphthous stomatitis  Done
  • Discuss the average frequency of episodes of ulceration e.g. per year  Done Altenburg 2008 states that in 95% of cases, ulceration occurs 3-6 times per year
  • Find a good quality source to support an overall average prevalence of this condition in the general population, which explains the derivation of such a figure. Currently we are using 20% supported by Neville et al, however there is no indicaiton in the source as to how this figure was come by.
    • I think the 20% figure is OK since it appears in more than one reliable source
  • Find a source that discusses aphthous ulcers of other sites in the body
    • RCT which talks about "esophageal aphthous ulceration": [1]. Need a secondary or tertiary source... if anyone finds something please update the article
    • No suitable secondary / tertiary source found for extra-oral aphthae. Potentially, this implies that it is not notable for the encyclopedia.
  • Build a "society and culture" section. A potential place to put all traditional/herbal remedies etc?
    • This section is started.
  • A photograph of severe aphthous ulceration, which multiple large ulcers. A pic of herpetiforme ulceration, with many tiny ulcers clustered together.

Article should be renamed "Canker sore," the preferred English term by 2,520,000 hits to 279,000. Also preferred in published medical articles; @ 20 to 14[edit]

Google hits, 2015 April 10. "Canker Sore" preferred by > 9 to 1 over aphthous stomatitis.

Canker sore 2,520,000 results (0.36 seconds) Aphthous stomatitis About 279,000 results (0.32 seconds) recurrent aphthous stomatitis, About 128,000 results (0.38 seconds) recurring oral aphthae About 9,870 results (0.31 seconds) recurrent oral aphthae About 28,600 results (0.70 seconds) (Google's suggestion) recurrent aphthous ulceration About 47,900 results (0.37 seconds)

Even in medical literature, "canker sore" is preferred "Canker sore" PMID About 20,400 results (0.55 seconds) "Aphthous stomatitis" PMID About 14,500 results (0.33 seconds)

"Canker sore" is not a medical term, and it is only used in North America. There is an archived thread on this in the past. Matthew Ferguson 57 (talk) 07:33, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

I don't think the North America thing should be removed. It was supported by a source. And many readers will have never heard that term before. Matthew Ferguson 57 (talk) 07:36, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Not a "medical term"?

This is so people can find information, right? Whether they already know medical terms or not? For very many Wikipedia searchers, "canker sore" is the term, and no others are known. The many North American Wikipedia readers who search "canker sore" and arrive at this article, should not have to read past the "also termed" area to learn that they have landed at the correct article.

Not a "medical term"?

More articles in PUBMED than, e.g., "recurring oral aphthae." Latin and medical are not synonyms.

Not a "medical term"?

Respecting the most common usages, one review begins thus:

Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS; Aphthae; Canker sores), a common oral mucosal disorder ...
Niharika Swain, Jigna Pathak, Leela S Poonja, Yogita Penkar
Etiological Factors of Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis: A Common Perplexity


Some other examples:

PMID 21977491 Clinical inquiry. What is the most effective way to treat recurrent canker sores? (2011)
PMID 15459950 Adhesive tablet effective for treating canker sores in humans (2004
PMID 8053847 Practice tip. Aphthous ulcers (canker sores) by Murtagh J. in Aust Fam Physician. 1994 Jun;23(6):1129 [note "Australian" Fam Physician]
PMID 1809853 Aphthous stomatitis (canker sores): a consequence of high oral submucosal viscosity (the role of extracellular matrix and the possible role of lectins) (1991)
PMID 6423612 Subjective response to lysine in the therapy of herpes simplex ("The study included subjects with cold sores, canker sores, and genital herpes") (1983)

Bailey J1, McCarthy C, Smith RF.

What is the most effective way to treat recurrent canker sores?

J Fam Pract. 2011 Oct;60(10):621-32.

Clinical inquiry.


Amlexanox appears to be most effective overall. Amlexanox 5% paste reduces ulcer size, pain duration, and healing time.

PMID 21977491

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Ocdcntx (talkcontribs) 23:30, 12 April 2015

You'll find that virtually all refs using the term canker sore are American. This is not an american encyclopedia but a global one.
when the term is used, it is typically in parentheses after the accepted medical terms, as a colloquialism. It is not a precise term. To some, it appears to include the lesions of herpes simplex, and to others it refers to any oral ulceration, and others still exclusively aphthous ulcers. An American slang term not a precise medical term, which while notable enough to mention in the lead, should not dictate the title of this article. Please review the archived threads of this discussion in the past for more info. Matthew Ferguson 57 (talk) 05:50, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
I agree that the imprecision and regional bias of "canker sore", combined, make it unsuitable for the article title. Sometimes we have a tension between the precision of "lay" (non-professional medical) terms and WP:COMMONNAME; in this case, it's pretty clear that we should go with the term most used in reliable sources, i.e. aphthous stomatitis. -- Scray (talk) 06:04, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Treatment should include Policresulen[edit]

Personally I consider it the best treatment. For those who are not familiar with Policresulen, it is a liquid thing, when apply on the ulcer, it will cause an immense pain that makes me cry. But after that a layer of died cells is formed, and as such pain is completely eliminated. It lasted for about 24 hours. Golopotw (talk) 14:13, 2 May 2017 (UTC)


Simplistic representation of the formation of a mouth ulcer

This image was recently added by User:SimplisticReps

Simplistic representation of the life cycle of mouth ulcers.[1][2]

A prior image was added by User:BedrockPerson who is likely a prior blocked account.

We now have User:יבריב attempting to edit war it into place. May need to take this to SPI / ANI.

Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 00:58, 25 November 2017 (UTC)

  1. ^ Talacko AA, Gordon AK, Aldred MJ, et al. (2010). "The patient with recurrent oral ulceration". ADA (Clinical research ed.). 55 (1): 14–22. doi:10.1111/j.1834-7819.2010.01195.x. 
  2. ^ Camila de Barros G, Maria Angela Martins M, Norberto Nobuo S (Jul 2009). "Psychological Stress and Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis". Clinics (Sao Paulo). 64 (7): 645–648. doi:10.1590/S1807-59322009000700007. PMC 2710437Freely accessible.  Vancouver style error: initials (help)