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Mouth ulcers

April 22nd, 2016 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Mouth ulcers)
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Mouth ulcers are considered common and irritating for most individuals. These are characterized as open sores with whitish appearance with a reddened inflamed border that causes pain. Take note that mouth ulcers usually develop on the inside of the lips, cheeks, on the floor of the mouth and under the tongue.

The ulcers can be caused by foods, constipation, hormonal changes, excess acidity, hereditary factors, accidentally biting the cheek, stress and deficiency in Vitamin B complex, vitamin C, iron and other nutrients.

A mouth ulcer is not a dangerous condition and heals within 7- 10 days. As for herpetiform ulcers, they take a longer time to heal. Major ulcers are deeper and 10 mm in diameter in size. In addition, herpetiform ulcers form in clusters of a large number of small ulcers.


Mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers can be caused by stress or injury to the tissue.

  • Mouth ulcers can be caused by stress or injury to the tissue.
  • Some foods such as citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables which include oranges, lemons, apples, tomatoes, strawberries and figs can make the mouth ulcers worse.
  • A sharp surface of the tooth or dental appliance such as braces or ill-fitting dentures.
  • Underlying conditions such as nutritional deficiency, impaired immune system, celiac disease, gastrointestinal tract disease and Crohn’s disease.
  • Medications such as painkillers, beta-blockers and medications for chest pain can cause side effects which include mouth ulcers.


  • Fever
  • A painful sore on the tongue or inside the mouth, soft palate, back area of the roof of the mouth and inside the cheek
  • Physical sluggishness
  • Sores that develops in the mouth that are round, white or gray in color with a red border
  • Swelling lymph nodes


  • Apply an ice pack on the affected area to numb the pain caused by the mouth ulcers. Apply a cold compress immediately as soon as the symptoms are experienced which includes tingling and burning sensation before the development of the shallow ulcerations.
  • Avoid eating spicy or acidic foods. Use a soft toothbrush when brushing the teeth.
  • Apply aloe vera gel or juice on the affected area to lessen the discomfort and promote fast healing of the condition. Aloe vera functions as a natural antiseptic along with antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  • Coconut milk helps in relieving the pain caused by the mouth ulcers. Mix a few drops of honey to a tablespoon of coconut milk. Use this mixture to massage the affected area at least 3-4 times every day. Use coconut milk in rinsing the mouth. Coconut oil can also be used in massaging the affected area.
  • Sea salt and hydrogen peroxide have anti-inflammatory, disinfectant and antiseptic ingredients that help with mouth ulcers or canker sores. In a glass filled with warm water, add 2 teaspoons each of sea salt and 3% hydrogen peroxide and then mix well. Use this solution in rinsing the mouth at least 1-2 times every day. Just remember to avoid swallowing the solution.

Dyshidrotic eczema

April 22nd, 2016 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Dyshidrotic eczema)

Dyshidrotic eczema or pompholix is a skin disorder that involves the development of small-sized blisters on the palms, fingers as well as the soles of the feet. This condition is caused by exposure to cobalt or nickel, fungal infection, excessive stress and allergies. The skin with blisters becomes thick and scaly and results to itchiness, inflammation and redness.


  • Use a moist cold compress to help relieve the irritation. This helps lessen the itchiness and burning sensation caused by the eczema. It also minimizes the inflammation of the blisters and numbs the nerve endings that generate pain. Wrap the inflamed skin using the cold compress for at least 15 minutes up to 2-3 times every day. You can also wrap ice cubes in a small plastic bag and secure it with a towel before applying on the affected area. Avoid soaking the affected hands or feet in ice to prevent frostbite as well as aggravating the condition.
    Dyshidrotic eczema

    Use a moist cold compress to help relieve the irritation.

  • Aloe vera gel helps in soothing the irritated skin and lessens the tenderness due to dyshidrotic eczema. It also promotes fast healing of the condition. Aloe vera has antimicrobial properties that can help with eczema that is caused by fungal or bacterial infections. Apply the aloe vera gel on the affected area several times every day to lessen the inflammation and redness of the area as well as helps hydrate the skin.
  • Oatmeal helps soothe the irritation, lessen the inflammation and itchiness of the skin. Oat has anti-inflammatory ingredients which help soothe skin caused by the eczema. Apply oatmeal on the affected skin and let it dry. Rinse it off gently under running water. Another alternative is to use colloidal oatmeal that is mixed in a basin filled with water or a foot bath and then soak the affected hands and feet for at least 15-20 minutes every day.
  • Maintain moisture on the skin by applying ointments or creams such as petroleum jelly, vegetable shortening and mineral oil to help with the condition. After taking a bath apply, creams every day to help moisturize the skin and prevent dryness. If eczema causes itchiness and irritation, apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream 1% helps to lessen the pain and swelling.
  • Take the prescribed over-the-counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine to help minimize the itchiness and inflammation.
  • Avoid taking hot shower baths to help prevent drying of the skin. It is recommended to take cool or lukewarm baths at least 15 minutes regularly to help in hydrating the skin.
  • When taking a bath, use gentle soaps with natural ingredients, fragrance-free and contains natural moisturizers such as Vitamin E, olive oil and aloe vera. Avoid scrubbing the skin forcefully with a washcloth.
  • Wear protective gloves when using household cleansers to help avoid exposure of the skin to the chemicals.