An Overview to Mouth Ulcers
Mouth ulcers, also called as canker sores, are the small lesions that you see developing at the base of your gums on inside your mouth. These may not be contagious but can be very annoying especially in making you uncomfortable while talking, drinking and eating. What triggers the development of these sores?
Getting To the Root of Mouth Ulcers
Here are the possible causes of your sores.
Infections (Can be fungal, viral or bacterial)
Minor injury in your mouth caused by dental work, accidental biting, sports or hard brushing
Reaction to your mouth rinses or toothpastes that have sodium lauryl sulfate
Influx in your hormones during your menstruation
Response to an allergy caused by mouth bacteria
Sensitivity to acidic foods like pineapples, citrus, strawberries, even coffee and chocolate
Vitamin deficiency, especially iron, folate, zinc and B-12
Their formation may also be an indication that you are suffering from HIV/AIDS, Celiac disease, malfunctioning immune system, Bechet’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
Evaluating Your Symptoms: Do You Suffer From Mouth Ulcers?
To begin, know that you may be dealing with minor, major or herpetiform sores. The minor ones are just small and oval in shape that typically heal in a week or two. The major types tend to be larger and deeper so they can lead to scarring and can take six weeks before healing. The herpetiform sores are just pinpoint sized and form in clusters. Here are the alarming signs for these sores.
Diarrhea or having high fever every time you have sores
Large sores, unusual to the three types
Severe problem or difficulty when drinking and eating
Formation of new sores even before the old ones are healed
Uncontrollable pain that cannot be managed even by natural or over the counter medications
Sores that extend up to your lips
Sores that do not cause pain but are more than 3 weeks old
Mouth Ulcers and Treatments
Pain or discomfort can be lessened with these treatments:
Drinking chamomile tea, myrhh or licorice. To make treatments more effective, you may need to consider introducing a healing herb into your diet.
Rinsing with baking soda and saltwater
Applying some ice on your sores
Place some damp tea bags on your sores
Intake of nutritional supplements high on zinc, folic acid, B12 and B6.
You may also want to start taking an acai berry supplement. Research has shown that a supplement such as the acai berry may be able to provide you with a number of benefits.
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