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Recurring Ulcers in Mouth

01/20/2011

Question:

Hi I get frequent painful ulcers in my mouth that seem to take forever to heal. They generally last for 2 weeks or more. I`ve mentioned this to my dr but she doesn`t seem to be concerned however I`ve always heard that mouth ulcers lasting more than a week is a sign of something more serious...Is this true? If so what kind of dr to I need to see about this?

Answer:

Already healed ulcers might not be concerning. But if anything persists more than two weeks, or if these chronic ulcer problems continue, I recommend you to be seen by an ENT or oral surgeon. Thanks.

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Response by:

Enver  Ozer, MD Enver Ozer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University