Mouth sores are like little cuts or ulcers in the mouth. Various types of sores can appear anywhere within the mouth, including the inner cheeks, gums, tongue, lips, or palate.
Some sores may be raised, usually filled with fluid (in which case they are called vesicles or bullae, depending on the size), whereas others may be ulcers. An ulcer is a hole that forms in the lining of the mouth when the top layer of cells breaks down and the underlying tissue shows through. An ulcer appears white because of the dead cells and food debris inside the hole.
sores: Small ulcers with a
white or gray base and a red
border. They are also known as apthous ulcers. Unlike cold sores,
appear inside the mouth. And, they are not contagious. There may be
canker sore or several and they often return. Their exact cause is
but some experts believe that immune system problems, bacteria or
Cold sores: Cold sores can usually be found on or around the lips, and sometimes on the cheek, nose or even the eyes. Cold sores are itchy, painful blisters that eventually burst and scab. They last for about 1-2 weeks but usually reoccur.
Leukoplakia: Leukoplakia is a whitish patch that can be found on the inside of the cheeks, on the gums or on the tongue. Leukoplakia is due to an excess of cell growth which can be caused by a number of factors including tobacco smoking or chewing, the habitual chewing the inside of the cheeks, dentures or braces that do fit properly or any other constant irritation to the inside of the mouth.
Candidiasis: Candidiasis is also known as thrush or moniliasis, and is a fungal or yeast infection of the mouth caused by yeast reproduction in the mouth. People with dry mouth can easily contract Candidiasis due to lack of saliva which helps kill certain bacteria in the mouth. Candidiasis forms as small whitish bumps on the inside of the mouth.
It is also common for these ulcers to occur
after dental work,
when incidental abrasions to the soft tissues of the mouth are common.
A dentist can apply a protective layer of petroleum jelly before carrying
dental work in order to minimize the number of incidental injuries to
Chemicals such as aspirin or alcohol that are held or that come in contact with the oral mucosa may cause tissues to become necrotic and slough off creating an ulcerated surface. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), one of the main ingredients in most toothpastes, has been implicated in increased incidence of oral ulcers.
Opportunistic activity by combinations of
bacterial flora, such as aerobic streptococci, Neisseria, Actinomyces,
spirochetes, and Bacteroides species can prolong the ulcerative process.
Coccidioides immitis (valley fever), Cryptococcus neoformans (cryptococcosis), Blastomyces dermatitidis ("North American Blastomycosis") are some of the fungal processes causing oral ulceration.
Entamoeba histolytica, a parasitic protozoan is sometimes known to cause mouth ulcers through formation of cysts.
A common cause of ulcers is Coeliac disease, in which case consumption of wheat, rye, or barley can result in chronic oral ulcers. If gluten sensitivity is the cause, prevention means following a gluten-free diet by avoiding most breads, pastas, baked goods, beers etc. and substituting gluten-free varieties where available. Artificial sugars (Aspartame/Nutrisweet/etc) such as those found in diet cola and sugarless chewing gum, have been reported as causes of oral ulcers as well.
Symptoms usually begin with pain or
burning, followed in 1 to
2 days by an ulcer. There is never a blister. Pain is severe-far more
would be expected from something so small-and lasts 4 to 7 days. The
almost always form on soft, loose tissue such as that on the inside of
or cheek, on the tongue, the floor of the mouth, the soft palate, or in
throat. Ulcers appear as shallow, round or oval spots with a
and a red border. Most ulcers are small, less than ½ inch (1¼
in diameter, and often appear in clusters of two or three and usually
by themselves within 10 days and do not leave scars. Larger ulcers are
common; these are irregularly shaped, can take many weeks to heal, and
frequently leave scars.
People with a severe outbreak may also have a fever, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and a generally run-down feeling.
Symptomatic treatment is the primary
approach to dealing with
oral ulcers. If their cause is known, then treatment of that condition
recommended. Adequate oral hygiene may also help in relieving symptoms.
old remedy is applying a small amount of vinegar to the ulcer, this
pain for a short amount of time. Ulcers persisting longer than three
require the attention of a medical practitioner.
There are many homeopathic medicines for the treatment of mouth ulcers depending on the cause and severity of the condition. It can cure mouth ulcers and aphthae and also help in reducing recurrences. Homoeopathic medicines help in boosting the natural healing processes of the patient to treat and prevent them from recurring also. Moreover, homeopathy can treat diseases harmlessly for keeping us in good health.
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