are you being driven crazy by mouth ulcers?...

Mouth ulcers, otherwise known as canker sores or aphthous ulcers, can be extremely painful. They occur on the inside of the lips, cheeks or under the tongue and are usually red with a whitish coating. 

Mouth ulcers can sometimes be a symptom of gluten intolerance (gluten is the protein in wheat and other grains). Beyond that, it is not really known what causes recurrent attacks, although there is a theory that they might be an autoimmune disease, with stress as a possible trigger. 

Deficiencies of vitamin B12, zinc, folic acid, and iron are thought to be contributing factors.

Most mouth ulcers heal within a week to 10 days on their own. Conventional medicine treats severe mouth ulcers with anti-inflammatory ointments such as Kenalog in Orabase, that is applied directly to the sore.

 An alternative remedy is alum powder, applied directly to the ulcer. It will burn for a few minutes, but can promote rapid healing.

Probiotics (products that help replenish the friendly bacteria in the digestive tract) are helpful. Open a capsule and apply the powder inside directly to the ulcer. Minimise the discomfort by avoiding acidic, spicy and abrasive foods such as nuts, all of which can be irritating. 

Switching to a mild toothpaste may also help reduce recurrences. You can also try the amino-acid l-lysine. 

» Recommended Supplements: A good quality Multi Vitamin & Mineral, Probiotics.
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