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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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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
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Canker Sores (Definition)

A very common herpes virus ...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

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What's causing my canker sores?

What's causing my canker sores?

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

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How to know it is canker sores?

How to know it is canker sores?

Canker sore: A canker sore is usually a bright red lesion in the mouth with an interior that may be yellow or white. They tend to be painful. Your dentist can diagnose if you have a canker sore. Read more

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What makes canker sores better?

What makes canker sores better?

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

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What works best for canker sores?

What works best for canker sores?

Canker sores: Are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. Complications of canker sores can include fever, swollen glands, and feeling run-down. If concerned, see your doctor for evaluation. Read more

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How come I get canker sores so much?

How come I get canker sores so much?

Hard to say: It is hard to say why you get a lot of canker sores. Some people are sensitive to sls in toothpaste or to cinnamon so try eliminating these. Try to reduce your stress. If you get a lot or if they are large you should see your doctor and have your immune system evaluated. Read more

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I was wondering are canker sores hard?

Sores: They can be depending on the location. Treat the symptoms. Read more

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Could you tell me what are canker sores and what are their leads to.?

Could you tell me what are canker sores and what are their leads to.?

Herpes simplex: 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

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Can canker sores bleed?

Sometimes: Canker sores or recurrent aphthous ulcers usually don't bleed but if they are deep ulcers and/or irritated with oral appliances or braces they may. You should see a dentist to make sure that you truly have nothing more serious than just canker sores. Read more

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How to treat canker sores?

How to treat canker sores?

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

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Why do canker sores bleed?

Why do canker sores bleed?

Ulcers: These are apthous ulcers. Their centers are devoid of protective epithelium. Any contact with this part of the ulcer hence causes bleeding! Read more

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How do canker sores bleed?

How do canker sores bleed?

Canker sores: Usually don't bleed. Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days. Read more

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Are canker sores contagious?

Are canker sores contagious?

NOT contagious: '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

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Is honey good for canker sores?

Is honey good for canker sores?

Yes: A recent study comparing honey to corticosteroids and other topical (Oranase), Honey produced faster reduction in size and pain, the resolution of the erythema was faster in the Honey group.
Eric T. Stoopler. A Natural Remedy for Canker Sores? Medscape. Oct 16, 2014. Read more

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Could oral sex cause canker sores?

Could oral sex cause canker sores?

Depends: A true canker sore is an auto-immune condition that is not contagious. It can occur as a result of different types of stress. However, a herpetic ulcer can be mistaken to be a canker sore. Herpetic ulcers are contagious and can be transmitted by oral sex. Read more

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How can I heal/prevent canker sores?

How can I heal/prevent canker sores?

Prevention: Do not go near anyone with open sores on any part of their body.
Warm water rinses and child teething salves.
Mainly time, 2 weeks for full healing. Read more

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Do canker sores bleed if you pop them?

Do canker sores bleed if you pop them?

Canker sores: 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

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Is it common to have canker sores bleed?

Is it common to have canker sores bleed?

Very common: The canker sores bleed easily, especially when brushing your teeth. They are harmless and heal by themselves after 7-14 days. Read more

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Can canker sores spread through oral sex?

Can canker sores spread through oral sex?

Not likely: Canker sores have not been proven to be caused by a virus or bacteria, and they are not contagious, or a sign of any other disease. Read more

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