Ulcers Myths and Facts

Ulcer – Myths vs Facts


Last Modified: December 19, 2023


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Mouth ulcers can be confusing. People say a lot of things about them, but not all of it is true. Some say spicy food causes them, others think they’re contagious. So, what’s real and what’s just a story?

Let’s debunk some myths and facts about Ulcers!


  • Spicy Food Causes Ulcers: While spicy food might irritate an existing ulcer, it doesn’t cause it. Ulcers are often due to stress, injury, or certain acidic or abrasive foods, but not solely because of spiciness.
  • Ulcers are Contagious: Mouth ulcers aren’t contagious. They’re typically caused by local trauma, stress, or sometimes an underlying health condition.
  • Only Adults Get Ulcers: Children and adults both can get mouth ulcers. They’re fairly common in all age groups.
  • They’re Always a Sign of Cancer: Ulcers can be a symptom of various conditions, but they are rarely a sign of cancer. Usually, they’re harmless and heal on their own.


  • Linked to Certain Conditions: Mouth ulcers can be associated with conditions like celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, or vitamin deficiencies (like B12, iron, or folate).
  • Stress Can Trigger Them: Stress can weaken the immune system, making one susceptible to mouth ulcers. Managing stress might help reduce their frequency.
  • Usually Not Serious: Most mouth ulcers heal within a week or two without treatment. If they persist for longer than that or if you’re getting them frequently, it’s a good idea to consult a healthcare professional.
  • May Require Treatment: Sometimes, severe or recurrent ulcers may need medical attention. Topical treatments or medications can help ease discomfort and speed up healing.
  • Good Oral Hygiene Helps: Maintaining good oral hygiene can prevent some mouth ulcers. Brushing gently, using a soft brush, and avoiding abrasive toothpaste might reduce irritation.

Remember, if you have concerns about mouth ulcers, it’s always best to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate mouth ulcer treatment.

Dr. Nayanika Batra

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