What Are Canker Sores

What Are Canker Sores

Medically referred to as aphthous ulcers, canker sores are characterized by shallow lesions that affect your oral tissues. Remarkably similar to cold sores, canker sores are generally uncomfortable. But unlike cold sores, canker sores are typically isolated only to the soft tissues of your mouth and to the base of your gums.

Most episodes of canker sores do note require medical treatment, as it goes away on its own, within a 10-15 day period. Professional dental help is required, however, when an unusually prominent canker sore develops, or in cases when canker sores fail to heal even after 2-3 weeks time.

Symptoms

Canker sores usually appear as yellowish oval-shaped patches within mildly inflamed red borders. These patches usually appear on the inside surfaces of your mouth, on your tongue, cheeks, gums, and even on your soft palate.

People who are afflicted with canker sores typically feel a tingling or burning sensation, most commonly on their inner cheeks, the inside of the lips, and the surfaces of the tongue. Each patch of canker sore usually takes to 2-3 days to form and fully develop. These patches are most painful in their first 3 to 10 days.

Understanding Oral Lesions: Types Of Canker Sores

Understanding Oral Lesions: Types Of Canker SoresMedically referred to as aphthous ulcers or aphthous stomatitis, canker sores are small painful blisters that grow on the inner surfaces of the mouth such as on the lips, on the linings of the cheeks, and even on the surfaces of the throat.

Canker sores usually appear as white-grey-yellow patches inside a swollen reddened border. Canker sores are among the most common types of oral lesions affects approximately 20% of the entire adult population around the world.

Types Of Canker Sores

Canker sores are often misunderstood as being the same with cold sores or fever blisters. A good way to tell one apart from the other is to determine the site of the lesion. Cold sores usually occur outside the mouth, most commonly on the areas under the nose or around the chin. Canker sores, on the other hand, grow on the inside surfaces the mouth.