The truth is that no one is completely alien to the world of aphthae.
What are aphthae?
Aphthae are round or oval small wounds that appear in your mouth. They are also called sores or ulcers.
Usually they are 2 to 8 mm in diameter. It is amazing that they are so small, because when you rub them with your tongue or your teeth, it feels as if you had a golf-ball in your mouth.
Aphthae appear on your inner cheeks, your tongue, your palate, or on your lower gums. They are yellow or white, surrounded by a redder area.
Usually, only one appears, but, occasionally, you could have more than 20 at a time!
Although they are annoying, we do not need to worry when we have them. Most of them heal by themselves, without leaving any scars.
Why do they appear?
How can we detect aphthae?
To have aphthae is no excuse to miss school. Usually they are small, and not so terribly painful to prevent you from doing anything. Therefore, one must be patient, and wait for them to go away.
For a few days, the aphtha will go with you everywhere.
What can we do when we have aphthae?
It is advisable to use a soft toothbrush, to eat soft things (yes, Swiss chard is soft…), to avoid hot, peppery or acid ingredients.
If you are very nervous, try doing some relaxing exercises. Your chemist can recommend useful products to reduce the pain.
You only see your doctor when you have aphthae in very exceptional cases.
Aphthae are not contagious among people. They do not appear after kissing somebody, or sharing the same glass.