WHAT ARE CANKER SORES?
Canker sores, also called recurrent aphthous stomatitis, are one of the most common forms of sores in the oral cavity. The size of the lesion is between 2 and 20 mm. They are usually painful, burning and extremely sensitive, hindering normal eating, sometimes even speaking. Lesions are often recurrent. Canker sores are a common phenomenon that affects 20% to 50% of people. They are more common in women and teenagers, most likely due to hormonal changes, and in winter and spring.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- recurrent episodes of oval or round superficial sores on the mucosa
- yellowish-white papillae with a characteristic red border on the mucosa
- the focal points are painful, especially in contact with acidic foods
- swollen lymph nodes or glands and fever may occur
INFECTIOUSNESS AND TRANSMISSION
Canker sores are not contagious. They can break out in anyone, regardless of gender and age. They form in the oral cavity, on the tongue, the inside of the lips, the cheeks or on the gums.
WHAT ARE THE TRIGGERS '?
Aphthous ulcers are caused by allergic reactions (delayed hypersensitivity) to mucopolysaccharides produced by bacteria when they pass into mature forms. They are often connected with certain dental procedures, stress, and hormonal changes. A continuous recurrence can be a consequence of a hidden health problem, such as food allergies, gluten intolerance, vitamin B12 deficiency, or systemic diseases such as ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.
HOW TO GET RID OF APHTHOUS ULCERS?
Aphthous ulcers heal very slowly. Smaller ones can disappear spontaneously after 2 weeks without treatment. In the case of large and persistent canker sores, however, the symptoms should be controlled using appropriate methods and products. Prescription drugs such as Kenalog, Orabaza (main ingredient: triamcinolone acetonide) or mouthwashes, laser light and supplements can be used to cover the painful area of the mucosa with propolis or hyaluronic acid in the form of a gel.
During treatment, it is recommended to consume probiotics or yogurt and vitamin B12 supplements (1000 micrograms every night before bed). Spicy foods, sweet snacks, acidic foods (including wine), and the use of toothpaste containing sodium lauryl sulphate should be avoided.
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