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A 44-year-old female asked about a female:

14yr daughter has 4 canker sores in her mouth ( one being at the very back of her throat!) took halls and now when swallow feels like sandpaper why?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Herpes simplex 1: The most common cause of canker sores in the upper respiratory tract is the herpes simplex virus. Unfortunately, the virus is in the nerve and migrates to the skin or mucous membrane under stress such as a menstrual period. There is not much you can do. But the use of xylocaine (lidocaine) viscous, a topical anesthetic as a gargle may alleviate the pain.
Dr. Thomas Yash
Dr. Thomas Yash commented
Dentistry 46 years experience
Canker sores are not caused by a virus. Herpetic lesions or sores are possible from the virus.
Apr 18, 2014
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Canker sores?: First, who made the diagnosis of canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers? True canker sores are of unknown etiology but thought to be an autoimmune response, triggered by stress. She may have that or herpes simplex 1 virus (or both). Both are painful ; need to run their course. Halls may help or be further irritating to the mucous membranes. Consult with dr. Regarding diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
I think that Halls would really irritate the ulcers. See your dentist or an ENT specialist for diagnosis and relief of pain recommendations. In any event, they should run their course in 7-10 days.
Apr 18, 2014

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