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I have a friend with terrible mouth ulcers. Potentially caused by stress. Can you give me some advice to help them out?

I have a friend with terrible mouth ulcers. Potentially caused by stress. Can you give me some advice to help them out?

Depends on cause: Aphthous stomatitis involving the common canker sore can occur in up to 15% of americans, and may involve some bacteria like staph epidermidis. However, similar-appearing aphthous ulcers can be seen with herpes, crohn's disease, and other systemic disorders, if you have multiple aphthous ulcers or frequently recurring ones, drop the salt (!) and please have the lesions checked out. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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I have ulcers in my mouth and small red acnes under l the skin in my chest what it would be and may stress be a cause for it?

I have ulcers in my mouth and small red acnes under l the skin in my chest what it would be and may stress be a cause for it?

Stress is good: Most "stress" is helpful -- it keeps us from doing nothing and wasting our lives, and provides the discomfort we need to make us achieve and be fulfilled. The "stress" that comes from abuse or impossible situations needs to be managed, and we can learn new patterns of thinking to cope better. Acne and mouth sores are only marginally stress-related & best managed medically. Cheers. ...Read more

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How can canker sores or mouth ulcers be caused by stress?

How can canker sores or mouth ulcers be caused by stress?

Stress & mouth sores: The reason stress can cause mouth sores is that stress can cause a decrease in your immune system. This in turn can cause different types of problems like apthous ulcers, or stress ulcers to arise in your mouth. Other lesions like herpes simplex, or canker sores on the lips also will arise because the virus causing the lesion is left unchecked by the decrease in the immune system. ...Read more

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When are mouth ulcers considered as herpes? I have a huge ulcer on my bottom lip. Can it be caused by stress?

When are mouth ulcers considered as herpes? I have a huge ulcer on my bottom lip. Can it be caused by stress?

Yes/No: Oral herpes is caused by hsv (virus). Once you are infected, the virus stays in your nervous system and affect your body at times of stress. Without the hsv, stress only will not cause cold sores. Ulcers by herpes (hsv) are called cold sores, and share recognizable characteristics in their size, locations, etc. Culture or blood test can be done to confirm this viral infection. ...Read more

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My face became all dry and I have a ulcer at the corner of my lip.. It pains when I open my mouth.I do have exams.. Is it related to stress?

My face became all dry and I have a ulcer at the corner of my lip.. It pains when I open my mouth.I do have exams.. Is it related to stress?

It depends: Psychological or physiological stress may precipitate many of dermatologic conditions by affecting the state of the immune system. Nevertheless, the mouth ulcers can be caused by an infectious agents, such as yeast and bacteria, medications, but can also be caused by immunobullous disorders. A proper evaluation by a primary care physician or dermatologist would be warranted. ...Read more

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I'm having oral ulcers, i often have them during my exams or when i'm in stress. I need advise on how to get of these mouth ulcers.

I'm having oral ulcers, i often have them during my exams or when i'm in stress. I need advise on how to get of these mouth ulcers.

Mouth ulcers: If you're talking about herpetic ulcers, my colleagues' suggestions of Acyclovir and lysine may be helpful. For apthous ulcers (aka canker sores), swishing with salt water may help -- also chewing dgl tablets, and sucking slippery elm lozenges can help your mouth lining heal. B complex vitamins help, and avoiding toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulphate (a foaming agent commonly found). ...Read more

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I get mouth ulcers during exams.The doctor says its stress related.It gets very painful and the gels i apply don't really work much.What do I do?

I get mouth ulcers during exams.The doctor says its stress related.It gets very painful and the gels i apply don't really work much.What do I do?

Apthous ulcers ideas: These ulcers can be really painful. You can suck on zinc lozenges, or chewing deglycyrrhizinated (dgl) licorice tablets may help your mouth lining heal. You can avoid toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulphate in it, since this may make recurrence more likely. Slippery elm lozenges may help also. Take a b-100 b complex vitamin daily. ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep and feeling bit stressed bring on mouth ulcers if so how do I stop them ?

Can lack of sleep and feeling bit stressed bring on mouth ulcers if so how do I stop them ?

Sleep deprivation: Sleep deprivation is known to be associated with a temporary "weakening" of your immune system. There are certain immune modulators (proteins involved in fighting infections) that are decreased with sleep deprivation and since mouth ulcers are generally viral in origin decreased sleep can definitely cause them to reappear. Ultimately, try to get more sleep. ...Read more

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What is the difference between mouth ulcer, canker sore, cold sore, and stress sore?

What is the difference between mouth ulcer, canker sore, cold sore, and stress sore?

Mouth sores: All of these types are related to the fact that viruses are present at all times and when the patient is susceptible, i.e., tired, under stress, not eating well, etc, the ulcer appears. Antiviral drugs may helpful but they need to be taken at the first symptoms, abreva is an oct medication that can be purchased and applied with q-tip to the affected lip area. See your dentist if needed. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more