ISSN 2147-9720 | E-ISSN 2148-4279
Original Article
Is there any relationship between season/weather and oral ulcer in Behçet’s disease?
1 Department of Internal Medicine, Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine, Eskişehir, Turkey  
Eur J Rheumatol 2014; 1: 89-91
DOI: 10.5152/eurjrheumatol.2014.031
Key Words: Behçet’s disease, season, weather, oral ulcer
Abstract

Objective: Some rheumatic diseases are being influenced by weather conditions. We examined the relationship between oral ulcers and weather/season in Behçet’s disease (BD) patients and evaluated the oral ulcers’ characteristics by the patients’ perspectives.

 

Material and Methods: Patients with BD were evaluated using a self-questionnaire, including patients’ clinical and demographical characteristics and detailed characteristics of oral ulcers and the association with season.

 

Results: The most common site of oral ulcers was the tongue (89%). Of 90 patients, there were predisposing factors in oral ulcers. Among patients with BD, 30 believed that seasonal variation aggravated their oral ulcers, especially in winter and autumn.

 

Conclusion: The exacerbation of oral ulcers in patients with BD may be related to the seasons. The weather changes in our study are based on the patients’  impression; these should be confirmed by objective findings and clinical assessment in further studies.

 

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