Mouth ulcers are quite common and irritating. These painful, open sores are white in color, surrounded by an inflamed red border. More often than not, they appear on the inside of the cheeks, lips, under the tongue, and on the floor of the mouth.
There may be many reasons for the occurrence of the ulcers but some of the types of ulcers are:
- Minor ulcers:
These are the most common type of ulcers (aphthous stomatitis) and are caused in 80% of the cases. The healing time for minor ulcers is usually 7 – 10 days.
- Major ulcers:
Also called as large ulcers, these types of ulcers occur in 10% of the cases of aphthous stomatitis. These are known as major aphthous ulceration. Usually this kind merges with adjacent ulcers and forms a larger ulcer. They are often very painful.
- Herpetiform ulcers:
This ulceration is very painful and is formed as a result of an infection with herpes simplex. In this type you notice frequent recurrence of lesions more than minor or major aphthous ulcers. Mostly women are affected by these in comparison to men. These ulcers occur in clusters of 100 small painful ulcers.