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What Is a Canker Sore?

(February 7, 2011)

Canker sores in mouth

Canker sores are a very common occurrence and can cause a substantial amount of difficulty and uneasiness to your quality of life, albeit for a short phase. Canker sores are essentially open and shallow sores in the mouth that are also known as aphthous ulcers. While most presently inside the mouth, they can also develop on the tongue, inside of the cheeks and lips. One will also be able to notice the development of a canker sore before it actually appears as the area of the mouth is likely to experience a tingling or burning sensation before the red bump rises. Unlike most other mouth sores, however, canker sores are not contagious.

Although canker sores can affect any individual, studies have shown that they appear to be most common amongst teenage girls.

They are also known to be influenced to some degree by hereditary although the main cause of their development is still unknown. Because of the fact that canker sores are a very common occurrence throughout the world, there is usually a high demand for canker sore medicines or even home remedies for canker sores. However, no medication or treatment is really required when dealing with a canker sore as it will usually recede on its own after a period of about 7 to 10 days. However, the only factor that is likely to be prominent at this time is the amount of discomfort on faces when consuming foods that are acidic or spicy.

There are a number of over the counter medications that are easily available at your local chemist that should make it easier and reduce the amount of pain you experience when eating. Some of these medications will be in the form of a paste that needs to be applied directly over the canker sore while others may be a liquid that you will need to rinse your mouth with. Because of the fact that we do not fully understand the root causes of canker sore developments, there is no way of advising somebody on the various precautions he or she can take to prevent them from developing. In the event the canker sores last more than a couple of weeks, however, it is highly advised that you visit your doctor.
Submitted by C N on February 7, 2011 at 03:10


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