Canker Sore – Pictures, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Remedy

August 4, 20130 Comments

Canker sores are small blisters that occur on the oral cavity (mouth) on the base of gums. It is different from cold sores which occur only on the lips. Canker sores cause pain and it becomes difficult to eat and drink when blisters develop on the mouth. Canker sores are also called aphthous ulcers. No treatment is required for canker sores since it will disappear within a week. You can visit your doctor only if the blisters are large in size and you have discomfort and pain while eating.

Canker Sore Symptoms :

Canker sores are round shaped lesions with defined red border. It has a tiny white center and is formed in clusters. They are found in the oral cavity either below the tongue surface or inside the cheeks. Sometimes it develops on the base of the gums or on soft palate. It gives pain and burning sensation on the mouth before the blisters actually appears.

Minor canker sores are small and oval shaped blisters and heal on its own within 5-7 days. Major canker sores are less common and are large sized blisters with irregular edges. It takes around 5-6 weeks for healing and it leaves a scar on the mouth. Herpetiform canker sores occur in old age and are formed in clusters. They don’t have defined edges and they don’t leave any scar. Some people may get fever, pain and discomfort and difficulty in eating and drinking.

Causes :

Exact cause for the occurrence of canker sores is unknown. But some believe it develops due to the combination of many factors.

Various factors induce and trigger the development of canker sores are given below :

Diet that lacks in vitamins (particularly B-12), minor injury or trauma on the mouth during sports activities or minor accidents or due to dental fixtures, food sensitivity or allergic foods, bacterial infection, imbalance of hormone, emotional stress, toothpaste that contains sodium sulfate are some factors that trigger canker sores. Certain medical conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, HIV infection, Behcet’s disease and weakened immunity can trigger canker sore formation.

Who are at risk?

Women are more prone to get canker sores than men. People with family history of the disease will have increased chance for developing canker sores.

Tests :

Your doctor/dentist can easily identify canker sores by physical examination of the mouth.

Treatment :

Minor canker sores do not require any treatment since it will disappear within few days. But major sores that are large in size and those forming in clusters need to be treated. Mouth rinse is prescribed for reducing inflammation and pain caused by canker sores. Most of the rinse contains steroid dexamethasone. Antibiotics like tetracycline are given for healing.

Non prescription paste that contains Anbesol or Aphthasol can be used for reducing pain and swelling. You can apply the past several times a day for rapid healing. Medications like Tagamet and colchicines are given for canker sores though they are not intended for treating it. Oral pills that contain steroids are prescribed for managing severe canker sores. Cauterization is done for burning the tissue or lesions on the mouth. Alternatively you can include more of vitamins in your diet for easy healing.

Images, Pics, Photos and Pictures of Canker Sore :

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Lifestyle Changes :

For mild to moderate type of canker sores it is enough if you rinse the mouth using salt water or baking soda solution. You can repeat this rinse many times. You can apply drops of milk of magnesia on the sores for easy healing. Over the counter medications like benzocaine are useful in treating the symptoms. Maintain good oral hygiene to prevent canker sores.

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