canker sores - page 3
I've had a rash of patients lately that have had terribly sore mouths. Some from antibiotics, some from stomatitis, and some from an exacerbation of psoriasis. Most look like canker sores,... Read More
Feb 26, '07There is a very rare disease called Behcet's Disease that has canker sores as one of the main symptoms. It is an autoimmune disease that attacks the blood vessels, kind of like Vasculitis, but the main symptom is canker sores. This is a highly under diagnosed disease and very few general practitioners know about it. It is treated by a Rheumatologist, and the meds that are commonly prescribed are Colchicine and Plaquenil. People who suffer from this disease can have other symptoms that range from genital lesions and small red spots on their legs all the way to blindness and other more devastating symptoms. Some of the patients have been known to complain to their doctors about mouth ulcerations on a continuous basis only to be told that they have Herpes of the oral kind and or genital Herpes when these mouth ulcers were accompanied by genital lesions as well. Behcet's is not at all sexually transmitted though some of the symptoms can mimic Herpes. These patients suffer tremendous pain as anyone who has these sores can attest to. The sores can be anywhere in the mouth though usually not outside of it on the lips. They can also have anywhere from 1 to like 20 sores at a time and the one sore may be as large as a quarter. Symptoms can be somewhat continuous or not as frequent as this disease is marked by exacerbations and remissions. The sores may also be the typical size as well. Behcet's is more common in Japan and the leading cause of blindness in males. In the US it is more common in woman and does not usually progress to such an extent that it causes blindness or severe problems. It does however cause extreme pain in these patients where they cannot eat, drink, sleep, concentrate, they sweat and have anxiety as it can be severe enough to activate the sympathetic nervous system just slightly. Again the pain is severe and often a pain med such as Vicodin is needed to help these people have somewhat of a normal life during exacerbations that can last 3 weeks out of 4, for months on end. The meds prescribed generally suppress the immune system just enough to prevent these symptoms from ruining there life. Just food for thought guys!