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  • Mouth ulcers :

    Common mouth ulcers are harmless but painful. They disappear without treatment. The origin of the word 'aphte' [mouth ulcer] comes from the Greek 'aptein' meaning 'burn'. Ulcers are superficial lesions on the buccal mucosa and the oropharynx (the part of the pharynx located behind the mouth).

    They form on:

    • the inside of the cheeks and lips
    • on the surface of the tongue
    • on the palate
    • on the gums
    • and in the throat

    Ulcers are generally yellow or grey-white. The exact reason for their appearance is not known. Food allergies, dietary deficiencies, tiredness, stress and hormonal changes are all elements which may cause the development of ulcers.


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