Stomatitis is primarily an inflammation of the mucous membranes.
Stomatitis may be caused by a variety of different factors and presents with a wide spectrum of symptoms.
It can affect adults and children alike.
One of the most widespread types of stomatitis is aphthous stomatitis.
We have probably all at some point experienced the sudden appearance of painful areas in the mucous membrane of his or her mouth, painful to the touch and resembling small lesions.
This is what is known as aphthous stomatitis, which is characterised by the appearance of single or multiple aphthae in the mucous membranes of the mouth. The aphthae are oval or round, no bigger than a lentil seed, with defined edges with a narrow bright red border and a greyish yellow deposit in the centre.
The precise causes for this condition remain unknown. However it is very probable that it might be caused by the conditions in the digestive tract, allergic reactions and, of course, a viral infection. The frequent occurrence of stomatitis during ARVI would also point to the importance of the part played by viruses.
Stomatitis can present in a number of different ways, its progress at the beginning being practically asymptomatic and concluding with a raised temperature and general indisposition.
How do you treat stomatitis?