The exact cause is not known. But many factors are thought to be involved with the development of canker sores. These are:
Canker sores are usually first seen in children and teens from the ages of 10 to 19. For about 3 in 10 children affected, canker sores come back for years after the first outbreak. They can’t be spread from one child to another.
Canker sores that keep coming back may be related to celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, or HIV infection.
Each child may feel symptoms a bit differently. Below are the most common symptoms of aphthous stomatitis:
Canker sores usually heal in 7 to 14 days. They tend to come back.
Your child’s healthcare provider can usually make a diagnosis with a complete health history and a physical exam. But he or she may also order these tests to rule out other causes:
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
The goal of treatment is to help ease symptoms. Treatment may include:
Your child may feel better if he or she does not eat spicy, salty, or acidic foods. These foods may make the mouth more irritated.
Call your child’s healthcare provider if the sores:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider:
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