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Chronic canker sores, tongue looks like world map. One spot clears then appears on other side. Excellent hygiene. What is causing this?

Chronic canker sores, tongue looks like world map. One spot clears then appears on other side. Excellent hygiene. What is causing this?

Are you sure?: Are your canker sores painful? Canker sores are very painful. If not, you may have a condition called geographic tongue. This is a benign and many people are unaware they have it. Google it for more information. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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Canker Sores (Definition)

Almost everyone is infected with this herpes virus. The first episode is usualy in early childhood. It is dramaticaly different from all the later events. The virus is always present. When your immune system is weakened (stress, disease, almost anything) the viri end up stronger than your immune system. They do their job, and ...Read more


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What causes canker sores?

What causes canker sores?

Several: The exact cause of most canker sores is unknown. Stress or tissue injury is thought to be the cause of simple canker sores. Certain foods -- including citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables (such as lemons, oranges, pineapples, apples, figs, tomatoes, and strawberries) -- can trigger a canker sore. Sometimes a sharp tooth surface, dental appliance, braces, or ill fitting dentures can trigger them. ...Read more

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Are canker sores permanent?

Are canker sores permanent?

No, canker sores: Are not permanent. If you have a seemingly permanent lesion than it needs to be checked by your dentist. It may not be a canker sore. ...Read more

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What causes my canker sores?

What causes my canker sores?

Canker sores: See> http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/canker-sore/basics/causes/con-20021262

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How do you treat canker sores?

How do you treat canker sores?

L-lysine: Try a lysine gel cap pierce it and put the gel on your sore. Anti-viral creams like Denavir (penciclovir) can also be very useful. ...Read more

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Can citrus cause canker sores?

NO!!!: But any acidic materiel will sting on contact with an aphthous ulcer, suddenly making you aware of it. ...Read more

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Why canker sores grow in size?

Why canker sores grow in size?

Get it checked: Canker sore typically heal in about 10-14 days and once they form they do not keep growing. If the sore in your mouth is growing, please se a dentist and have it checked. It may be ore than just a canker sore. ...Read more

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Can kisses cause canker sores?

Really canker sores?: Answered before on healthtap, canker sores are common aphthous ulcers of the surface of the mouth that occur situationally, often in response to stressors, are bacterial or viral, & can be treated topically w/many otc products that reduce local discomfort & potentially speed healing. However, a # of systemic diseases cause canker sore-like lesions--crohn's, behcet's, std (sexually transmitted). ...Read more

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What is best for canker sores?

What is best for canker sores?

Best: TIME: Though i routinely prescribe nsaids to control pain from canker sores during the 3-5 days that they are uncomfortable. In rare cases, called "major aphthae" i will prescribe a short course of oral corticosteroid--especially if the lesion/s interfere with swallowing or speech. If on other areas, can be cauterized with a laser or chemicals. If Ibuprofen doesn't cut it, call your dentist for help. ...Read more