Mouth Ulcers Symptoms and Cures
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Mouth Ulcers Symptoms and Cures

Common mouth ulcers are small, grey sores with an inflamed mucus membrane. They vary from match-head-size to 1/5 in (0.5 cm) across and are found on the gums, roof of the mouth, under the tongue and inside the lips and cheeks. They are triggered by infections, poor immunity, stress, accidental damage from broken teeth and scalding foods.
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Common mouth ulcers are small, grey sores with an inflamed mucus membrane. They vary from match-head-size to 1/5 in (0.5 cm) across and are found on the gums, roof of the mouth, under the tongue and inside the lips and cheeks. They are triggered by infections, poor immunity, stress, accidental damage from broken teeth and scalding foods.

Symptoms

  • Small, grey saucer-shaped sores
  • A surrounding red tender halo
  • Pain on talking and eating
  • Large ulcers cause pain in the underlying muscle and enlarged lymph glands

Cures

Vitamins and Minerals

Cabbage juice speeds the healing of mouth and peptic ulcers. Sip 7-10 fl. oz. (200-300 ml) daily, freshly juiced with a handful of mint leaves for added healing and improved flavor. Hold each mouthful in contact with the ulcers for as long as you can before swallowing.

Three major antioxidant vitamins - A, C and E - work together to boost immunity and strengthen mucus membranes. Beta-carotene, from which the body manufactures vitamin A, is found in brightly colored fruit and vegetables, and one carrot, for instance, yields almost twice the recommended daily amount (RDA) of beta carotene (1000 mcg). As much as 10-40 percent of beta-carotene is lost in cooking (depending on the method) so eat fruit and vegetables raw, or juice them. Vitamin C (RDA 60 mg) is found in citrus fruit, but the acid can aggravate mouth ulcers. Broccoli, cauliflower, kiwi fruit and peppers are other good source of vitamin C. Vitamin E (RDA 10 mg) heals mouth ulcers: take a 100-200 mg daily supplement and dab pure oil on ulcers as well. Found in vegetable oils, whole wheat, red cabbage, broccoli and nuts, vitamin E works best when coupled with selenium (RDA 50-100 mcg), which is present in bran, offal, seafood, wheat germ, egg yolk and garlic.

Herbal Medicine

Boil a handful of carrot leaves in 10 fl. oz. (300 ml) of water for 5 minutes; cool slightly and use as a gargle and mouthwash. Or rinse the mouth with 4 teaspoons (20 ml) aloe vera juice mixed with boiled water 3 times a day.

Aromatherapy

Dip a cotton bud in pure clove or tea tree oil and apply neat to ulcers several times a day. Add a single drop of essential oil of rose, clary sage, geranium or savory to a tumbler of tepid water and use as a mouthwash.

Homeopathy

Take 4 times a day for up to 5 days: Arsenicum 6c for a dry and burning mouth, and ulcers soothed by warm water; Mercurius 6c for stinging ulcers chiefly on the tongue, a coated tongue, bad breath, and loose, decaying teeth; and Nitric ac. 6c for painful ulcers on the soft palate (back of the roof of the mouth), with excessive saliva and bad breath.

Medical Treatment

Antiseptic mouthwashes and gels can be used to help relieve ulcer pain and promote healing. Some mouthwashes and gels may even contain a small amount of local anesthetic. In more serious outbreaks or in recurring cases, your doctor may also prescribe a course of vitamins, painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and/or a short course of a steroid such as prednisone.

Prevention

  • Treat colds, flu and feverish illnesses as soon as they appear.
  • Boost your immune defense system with lots of fruit and vegetables and extra vitamin C.
  • Avoid acidic, spicy or scalding foods, smoking, careless brushing and ill-fitting dentures.
  • Combat stress with yoga, relaxation, meditation and extra B vitamins.
  • Use a mouthwash twice daily.

Caution

  • Seek medical advice to rule out more serious causes such as blood disorders, shingles or side effects of drugs.
  • Very large or painful ulcers, or ulcers that persist despite treatment, require medical attention.

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Comments (1)
Rosie

I found this article very informative and I must recommend this one to all of my friends. Peptic ulcers develop in the digestive tract, largely, in the stomach or the duodenum. They are small areas of erosion or open sores in the mucus membrane lining the gut. I have found more Peptic Ulcers Symptoms at http://www.ulcerssymptoms.net/Peptic-Ulcers-Symptoms.html What do you think? Nice post. Keep going on.

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