Management of Common Oral Sores

Mea A. Weinberg, DMD, MSD, RPh; Stuart L. Segelnick, DDS, MS

Disclosures

US Pharmacist. 2013;38(6):43-48. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

Oral sores can occur anywhere in the oral cavity and oropharyngeal region. Since not all oral sores are benign, a careful differential diagnosis is important. The two most common types are canker sores (recurrent aphthous stomatitis) and cold sores (herpetic lesions). Early intervention is important with both. The pharmacist will most likely be the primary source for recommending medications (e.g., topical corticosteroids, oral and topical antivirals) for the treatment of these conditions.

Introduction

Oral sores can occur anywhere in the oral cavity and oropharyngeal region, including the lips, oral mucosa (movable tissue inside the lips, vestibule, and cheeks), gingivae or gums (nonmovable tissue immediately surrounding the teeth), tongue, soft and hard palate, and throat. Most oral sores are painful and annoying and, in severe cases, can cause significant morbidity. The two most common oral sores are canker sores and cold sores. The pharmacist will most likely be the primary source for recommending medications for the treatment of these conditions.

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