When she was 45 years old Mrs X started to get episodes of mouth ulcers every few weeks. These were painful and affected what could be eaten and drunk. At times it was difficult to speak, especially if there was an ulcer on the side of the tongue. The situation was affecting her work as a teacher. Mrs X tried some over-the-counter treatments, but the ulcers continued. Her dentist made a referral for a specialist Oral Medicine opinion. A diagnosis of minor recurrent aphthous stomatitis was made. The aims of care focused on identification of predisposing factors, correcting these and improving symptom control. Mrs X was reassured that there wasn’t a serious underlying cause. The ulcers now cause her fewer problems.
To find out more about this condition read the Patient Information Leaflet (PiL) prepared by the Society on Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis.