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Mouth ulcers

April 22nd, 2016 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared

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.

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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.

Causes

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.

Symptoms

  • 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

Treatment

  • 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.

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