Common symptoms of PV/MMP include a combination of the following:
- Multiple oral lesions
- May feel like water/blood blisters or cold/canker sores
- Can appear anywhere in the mouth and throat, including lips, tongue, and gums
- Can make eating food and swallowing very painful
- Skin peeling (i.e. peeling back of gums, losing skin on inside of cheek, etc.) can also occur
- Lesions don’t heal or are very slow to heal
- Lesions don’t heal and then reappear. They are different from cold or canker sores, which come and go.
- Lesions can also appear outside of the mouth on other areas of the body’s skin and mucous membranes, such as the scalp, back, legs, arms, nose, eyes, genitalia, etc.
The only way a patient can receive a definitive diagnosis of PV/MMP is through a biopsy. This should be performed by a dentist or dental specialist experienced in performing biopsies of these lesions. Our brochures (Understanding PV/MMP and the IPPF PV/MMP Awareness Campaign) are great tools for patients to provide to their dentists and hygienists when discussing symptoms.