Trench mouth (necrotizing ulcerative gingivostomatitis) is a
severe inflammation of mouth tissues. The gums are usually most
Symptoms of trench mouth may include:
Open sores in the mouth that ooze
Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Trench mouth is caused by a bacterial infection. It
commonly affects young adults who are under stress (such as college students
during final exams). People who smoke or use smokeless tobacco or who have
chronic medical conditions are also more likely to develop trench mouth.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger, MD