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A 18-year-old female asked:

i get canker sores after eating chocolate. is it possible that i am allergic to chocolate?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Not likely: Food allergies tend to present like other allergies, with hives and anaphylaxis, not canker sores, which most frequently are caused by physical trauma (toothbrush, self bite, hard/sharp foods). There may also be a link to citrus fruits &/or vitamin deficiencies.
Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Yes, possible: Allergic reactions are most known to be of immediate nature, most dangerous because they can cause anaphylaxis with respiratory involvement. Less known are other types of 'allergies', which might produce inflammation of skin, lip, mucosas or other parts upon contact. Elimination diets with supervised challenge is one way to find out, traditional allergy testing might be negative.
Dr. Edward Zuckerberg
Dentistry 43 years experience
No: Canker sores are not a sign of an allergy, however you may be sensitive to an ingredient in the chocolate. Preservatives, especially sls or sodium lauryl sulfate have been shown to increase the occurrence of canker sores in sensitive individuals.
Dr. Lon Kessler
Specializes in Dentistry
Yes: In some cases that is a possibility. I would confirm with an allergist.

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A 18-year-old member asked:

How do you treat canker sores?

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Dr. James Eitner
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Salt water swish: Early on, you can try a salt water or hydrogen peroxide swish and spit. If the symptoms persist past a few days or recur frequently, see your dentist or doctor for an antimicrobial mouthwash, cortisone medication, or other solution.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

I get canker sores often. What is causing this?

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Dr. Thomas Yash
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You are susceptable: Basically, once you get canker sores, you will occassionaly get them again. This autoimmune lesion is set off by various triggers, stress, or trama. Some triggers could be foods(peanuts, spicy food), drinks (red wine), or a cold. It varies with the individual.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

Why do I get reoccuring canker sores?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Canker Sores: Canker sores are due to herpes simplex virus type 1. It is very very common. A ton of things can cause recurrent outbreaks. You can buy over-the-counter treatment or see your primary doctor who can prescribe as needed tablets for outbreaks or might opt to put you on daily suppressive therapy. Hsv-1 is painful and unsightly, but don't worry because stress only makes them happen more often.
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
The term "cancer sore" can also refer to apthous ulcers that occur on the wet mucous membranes inside the mouth. These are not thought to be due to herpes virus and they will not typically improve on herpes medications. Daily suppressive therapy with these medications (acyclovir/ famcyclovir etc.) will not usually be effective.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there meds and or oral rinse for canker sores?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Yes: Canker sores can be caused by many things. There is something prescribed called "magic mouthwash" which you could ask your doctor or dentist to prescribe. Also avoid acidic or spicy foods, chewing gum, etc.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

Can citrus cause canker sores?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Canker sores: The cause of canker sores is uncertain, but some people seem prone to developing them with large citrus intake. Most common cause is mouth trauma, as from overly vigorous brushing the teeth or accidentally biting the inside of one's mouth. Try limiting citrus intake to see if that makes a difference.

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