Jan 18, 2001
Thanks for all your valuable info! Are canker sores the same as aphtous ulcers? I have a history of getting canker sores in my mouth but recently I've had recurring canker sores. Could this be the result of stress or maybe throwing up? I took an HIV test about a month ago and it was negative. Thanks for your help!
Response from Dr. Reznik
Canker sore is a commonly used phrase for aphthous ulcerations; in other words, they are the same thing. Whereas we do not know what causes canker sores (aphthous ulcerations) we do know that certain factors are usually involved such as stress, smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, etc. A direct correlation between canker sores and HIV status has not been determined, twenty years into the epidemic. What we do know is that major (large) aphthous ulcerations tend to be more painful and last longer in people with HIV/AIDS.
what is oral thrush?????
Are these warts? or something else?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.