What is a canker sore ?
A canker sore is a superficial lesion of the mucous membrane of the mouth. The whole inside of the mouth can be affected (mouth, tongue, palate). The canker sore is usually yellow in color but can take on a red or purplish color when it is inflamed. The white color corresponds to the healing phase.
What are the symptoms ?
The canker sore can cause discomfort when chewing. A pain can appear during a too important rubbing or when the aphta is damaged or even pierced.
How long does a canker sore last ?
The canker sore usually disappears in a few days without any after-effects.
Is it contagious ?
The canker sore is not contagious and is not transmitted by saliva or by direct contact (kissing) or indirect contact (toothbrushes, cutlery, etc.).
What is the danger ?
Don't panic, the canker sore is benign and generally disappears without any after-effects. Vigilance must be exercised in the presence of a canker sore outside the mouth, the appearance of more than 5 canker sores at the same time or more than 6 canker sore outbreaks per year. The formation of a giant canker sore (more than 2 centimeters) must be monitored because this canker sore can cause scarring. In these cases, please seek medical advice.
What are the causes ?
Scientific studies have proven the responsibility of several elements in the formation of the mouth ulcer. We find :
- the consumption of certain drugs,
- a state of tiredness and important fever (for example during a viral infection),
- the consumption of certain foods rich in histamine,
- the use of toothpaste containing SODIUM LAURYSULFATE,
- the use of a toothbrush that is too hard and traumatizes the mouth by mechanical friction,
- a fragile dentition or in bad condition.
Which drugs cause them ?
Mouth ulcers can form during the normal use of certain medications :
- anti-inflammatory drugs,
- certain antibiotics,
- nicotine replacement therapy to stop smoking,
- anti-malarial drugs.
Under no circumstances should you stop taking your medication because of the appearance of a canker sore.
What foods cause canker sores ?
Some foods are said to be aphthogenic because they cause or participate in the formation of a canker sore. We find :
- dried fruits and especially nuts,
- the skin of fruits,
- citrus fruits,
To look after the aphta with essential oils
- The mouthwash with essential oil of CLOU DE GIROFLE to make AFTER THE MEAL allows an antiseptic action. Its use 3 times a day allows an effective result. Be careful not to use it on children under 6 years old. The treatment should not last more than 5 days.
To go further, see our article : "How to use essential oils ? ".
Treating canker sores with phytotherapy
- The ALOE VERA based oral gel allows an action against pain and inflammation. An application per day also allows to support the cicatrization and the faster disappearance of the mouth ulcer.
- Preparations based on RHUBARB root allow a miracle! It stings and it is very bitter but it is very effective to cauterize and make disappear even the most recalcitrant canker sores. Two applications a day for 5 days will give the expected result.
To go further, see our article : "Phytotherapy : how to use medicinal plants ?".
Treating canker sores with homeopathy
- The reference treatment combines CANTHARIS 15CH + MERCURIUS CORROSIVUS 5CH + RHUS TOX 15CH + BORAX 5CH + KALIUM BICHROMICUM 9CH
- In a simpler way, HOMEOAFTYL, 1 tablet up to 5 times a day allows to cure the aphthous condition.
- If there is a burn, it is possible to add ARSENICUM ALBUM 5CH .
To go further, see our article : "Homeopathy : When and how to take its granules ?".
- Avoid foods rich in histamine (nuts, strawberries, chocolate, citrus fruits, shellfish),
- Take care of your teeth,
- Adopt a toothpaste without SODIUM LAURYSULFATE,
- Adopt a soft toothbrush,
- Take a vitamin C cure.
Updated on 11 February 2023 at 22:38