These small but painful ulcers occur in the mouth. They can develop on the gums, the tongue, inside the cheek or on the lips. Canker sores have a white center and a red border, they are contagious and occur most often in females. They vary in size from as small as a pinhead to the size of a quarter, and tend to appear quickly lasting for 4 - 21 days.
Canker sores can be triggered by a number of things including food allergies, stress, fatigue or poor dental hygiene. It is also suspected that people who are deficient of iron, folic acid or vitamin B12 are more prone to canker sores.
What Can Help
A Chamomile mouth wash can soothe these painful ulcers. Place powdered chamomile into warm water and mix. Rinsing mouth 3 or 4 times daily is suggested. (see Chamomile in Herb Section for information on safety and allergic reactions)
How to Help Avoid Canker Sores
Try to reduce stress - stress is often a major factor to recurrent canker sores
Avoid eating those thing that can trigger attacks - chewing gum, sucking lozenges, chocolate, coffee and smoking are common culprits
Eat plenty of salads & onions
Avoid sugar and processed or refined foods
Supplements Worth Considering
Vitamin B complex, 50mg daily - Improves immune system and aids healing
Acidophilus - helps maintain healthy balance of friendly bacteria
Garlic - natural antibiotic, stimulates immune system
Zinc lozenges, do not exceed 50mgs daily - improves immune function
Disclaimer: The information presented is for information purposes only. It is based on scientific studies or traditional usage. Consult a health care professional before using supplements or making any changes in prescribed medications. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease