Doctor insights on:
Herpetiform 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
Canker sores: Canker sores are the most common recurrent oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting and no treatment is required. If concerned, see your dentist after 10 days. ...Read more
Prevent canker sores:
The specific cause of canker sores (or apthous ulcers) is till unknown. Usually they occur when the immune system is weakened.
So the best way to heal them is to avoid getting them. Supplement with vitamin c (500 mg four times daily) and vitamin e (400 iu twice a day) and a multivitamin with magnesium and zinc (taken in the afternoon or evening for best absorption). Avoid stress.
Eat breakfast. ...Read more
Almost everybody gets exposed to the herpes simplex virus as a child. After that first exposure, the virus takes up residence in your body for life. Some evidence has been found in mummies. So, maybe for longer than life is possible.
Anyway, later on, when your resistance drops at times, these viri produce the sores. These things last about a week.
Almost everybody has this condition. ...Read more
Try Zilactin B,: An over the counter medication found in pharmacies. Dry area, apply thin layer, let it dry and turn white. Your dentist can prescribe a steroid in a delivery vehicle called orabase. Rx for that! Avoid toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulfate which can help cause. Avoid acidic foods. Be careful brushing not to gouge tissue. Lasers work very well, hope your dentist has one. Eat healthy! good luck! ...Read more
'cold sores' are caused by virus=herpes simplex. Canker sores are associated with dental work, extra brushing, mouth injuries, spicy or acidic foods. Toothpastes containing sodium lauryl sulfate have been implicated. Canker sores may also occur in immunosuppressed patients (or hiv).
Also noted are food sensitivities: chocolate, coffee, strawberries, nuts, cheese and acidic foods, e.g. Pineapple. ...Read more
Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are flat, grey painful ulcers that usually do not bleed.
Cold sores, which are caused by an infection of the herpes simplex virus, first appear as crusty blisters, and may bleed if "popped".
Check with your dentist to be sure exactly what the lesion is. ...Read more