Consult Your Pharmacist - Advising Patients About Oral Ulcers

Steven Pray, Ph.D., R.Ph., Professor of Nonprescription Products and Devices, School of Pharmacy, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK

US Pharmacist. 2000;25(1) 

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Canker sores are the most common aphthous ulcer, but it is important to recognize and refer the more serious forms.

Oral ulcers are extremely common, with a host of disparate causes, as mentioned in this month's patient information.[1] However, among the most common oral ulcers is the recurrent aphthous ulcer, a term encompassing several subtypes of oral lesions. The etiology of each is poorly understood.


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