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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 72-76

Systemic management of recurrent aphthous stomatitis

Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, C.S.I. College of Dental Sciences and Research, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

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A Winnifred Christy
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-6360.175033

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Recurrent aphthous stomatitis is the most common chronic disease of the oral cavity, affecting 5–25% of the population. The underlying etiology remains unclear, and no curative treatment is available. Local treatment will suffice for the majority of aphthous ulcers and only in the case of continuous outbreaks and symptoms systemic drug should be prescribed as pain is intense, and topical treatment is unable to afford symptoms relief. Systemic therapy is indicated in such situations with the triune action of providing symptom relief, promoting wound healing, and preventing recurrence. A PubMed search with the keywords of aphthous ulcers and systemic management was done, and all clinical trials and review articles in English literature from 1985 to 2014 were retrieved and compiled.

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