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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can vitamin c cause an allergic reaction of mouth? such as, inflammation of the mouth and/or gums.

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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics 22 years experience
Possibly: But it is also can cause sores and inflammed gums if you are taking megadoses (more that is recommended on the bottle).
Dr. David Kam
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Not likely: All food, medications including vitamins can cause allergic reaction but the possibility of allergic reaction to vitamin c is unlikely as it is present in most fruits and vegetables. The lack of vit c causes scurvy with bleeding gums. It is an very old disease seen in sailors who eat no vegetables. Mega dose of vitamins can be toxic to your body! see a periodontist for you gum condition.
Last updated Jan 10, 2015

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