Canker Sores

Overview

Causes of Canker Sores

Consider bowel flora imbalances due to parasites, poor digestion, food sensitivities, chronic constipation, diarrhea or Crohn's disease. Canker sores rarely, but still may, result in an infectious agent, i.e. coxsackie, a viral infection. Canker sores may be precipitated by:

  • Stress
  • Extreme heat
  • Marked physical exertion
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Hot weather
  • Fever
  • Local trauma from ill-fitting dentures
  • Nutritional deficiencies
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Symptoms

  • Small (1 cm) or large ulcers (may leave scarring)
  • White centers with red surrounding rim that last for 10 days to 2 weeks
  • Women are affected more than men and occur most commonly from 10-20 years of age
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Management

Diet to Combat Canker Sores

  • Avoid Mono wheat diet (contributes to canker sores)
  • Vary grains
  • Avoid foods that irritate such as citrus, coffee, alcohol, refined sugar, spicy foods, smoking and certain mouthwash
  • Since many cases may be due to food sensitivities, avoid milk, cheese, wheat, tomato, vinegar, lemon, pineapple and mustard
  • Cut down on acid-forming foods such as animal products, beans, seeds, or just balance with fruits and vegetables

Therapies for Canker Sores

  • Specific combination of vitamins and minerals
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Mouthwash with sage and chamomile
  • Juice therapy
  • Topical solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide IV therapy (very effective)

At the Houston Wellness Clinic, the doctor will not only provide canker sore managements but will also advise the patient on how to avoid getting them in the future. There may be an underlying condition that is causing this problem, or it could be as easy as a change in the patient's diet. Our medical specialist is dedicated to finding the source of the problem, not just managing the symptoms.

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