Allergic contact stomatitis masquerading as apthous stomatitis: a case report


  • Shivani Sharma Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, M. S. Ramaiah Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Rakesh N. Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, M. S. Ramaiah Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Shweta Sharma Department of Opthalmology, Government Medical College, Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir



Allergic contact stomatitis, Apthous stomatitis, Topical corticosteroids


Allergic contact stomatitis is a rare disorder, which most clinicians are not familiar with. These lesions may be indistinguishable clinically and histopathologically from various other lesions. We present a case of a young female who visited us with a complaint of painful ulcers over her tongue for the past 5 days. After a thorough history and clinical examination, a provisional diagnosis of apthous stomatitis was made and treated accordingly but with no relief.  On carefully eliciting the history again, the patient confirmed using a new herbal toothpaste. The patient was advised topical corticosteriods and to avoid the new toothpaste. All the lesions healed completely in a week. 


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