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Mouth Ulcers

Symptoms and treatment of canker sores

Mouth ulcers can happen to anyone, at any age, and they can be quite painful to those who suffer from them. Many people suffer recurrent mouth ulcers, also called canker sores, which can be caused by a variety of medical and physical issues. Though they are painful, mouth ulcers can be treated easily and inexpensively.

Causes of Mouth Ulcers

Canker sores are known as aphthous ulcers and are caused by a number of conditions and physical triggers. For example, you might develop a mouth ulcer from biting the side of your mouth or the inside of your lip, or from eating or drinking something acidic, such as a grapefruit or an orange. Wisdom tooth eruption may lead to ulceration around the site of the tooth, and many people who suffer from stomach problems also experience canker sores. Some people may also experience canker sores as a result of stress or, in women, menstruation.

Certain diseases and conditions can also cause canker sores. Oral thrush and other infections may trigger mouth ulcers. If you experience a cold or stomach flu, your body's compromised immune system can cause your mouth to ulcerate. Canker sores can be an effect of chronic diseases, such as celiac disease and Crohns Disease.

Canker Sore Treatment

Most canker sores heal on their own, without treatment, but you can use an over-the-counter canker sore remedy to help relieve some of the pain. These remedies often numb the sore, making it less noticeable and painful when you're drinking, eating and talking.

You can try a natural remedy, such as applying a wet black teabag, which contains tannin, directly onto the sore. This is often recommended by doctors to help with pain. Other home remedies include a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water, followed by milk of magnesia, or a homemade mouthwash. Sometimes, a simple salt-and-water mixture can help you in the process of getting rid of mouth ulcers.

If you experience recurring mouth ulcers, see your doctor. This may be a sign of another problem. Although mouth ulcers can be very painful, they are easily treated and usually go away on their own within three to five days.

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