What are all of these mouth sores anyway? They are uncomfortable, painful and just right down annoying. What are these, and is there anything that can be done? Well, lets research this and go find out.
A cold sore is a blister which appears primarily on the lips, but can also form on the nose, face and can form in clusters. The blisters are filled with a pale yellow fluid which crusts over when the blister bursts. The sores are itchy and painful.
A mouth ulcer are open sores of round and shallow white, with an inflamed edge that occur anywhere on the lining of the mouth, including the cheeks and inside of the lips. The ulcers sting and may make eating difficult.
Oral thrush is a fungal infection that appears as raised, creamy spots on the mucus membranes lining the mouth, lips and throat.
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, are highly contagious and can be passed to another person by kissing. Some people develop an immunity, but more often the virus remains dormant in the body hiding out in the nerve cells until you become stressed, ill or rundown. Certain weather conditions, such as strong sunlight or cold wind can also reactivate the virus.
Mouth ulcers are common in people with compromised immune systems, and often appear around a woman’s monthly cycle. Stress, being run down and ill-fitting dentures can cause mouth ulcers, but sometimes they appear for no apparent reason. Also, if a person has gingivitis, anemia, allergies or celiac disease mouth sores are often a symptom.
Thrush is caused by the fungus Candida albicans, which flourishes in the moist, warm areas of the body. The fungus is naturally present in the mucous membranes of the mouth, and its purpose is to maintain a balance of flora in the body, but when when the growth becomes excessive, it can cause symptoms.
Cold sores disappear in about a week without treatment, however an anti-viral cream (acyclovir) can shorten the time slightly. The only way to avoid cold sores, if you have the virus is to avoid getting stressed and rundown.
For mouth ulcers treatment will depend on the underlying cause, but in most cases hydrocortisone ointments or washes can be swilled around the mouth and may help avoid infection.
As soon as one suspects oral thrush, the sooner you get treatment the easier it is to eradicate. Oral thrush is usually treated with anti-fungal drugs such as clotrimazole, taken orally and swilled around in the mouth. Diabetics who contract thrush should contact their doctor immediately, and keep tight tabs on their blood sugar levels.
Some natural remedies for cold sores are vitamins A, B3, B5 and B complex with vitamin C, as well as the amino acid Lysine. Lemon juice mixed with water and applied to the sore may help dry it out.
For mouth ulcers a tincture made with myrrh applied to the sores should clear them within 48 hours, as well a heightened healthful diet that will solve the underlying reasons for the lowered immunity.
Oral thrush responds well to various herbal mouthwashes, as well as a heightened nutritional regimen. A person would be advised to avoid sugars and refined starches, alcohol coffee and tea and increase their intake of beans, whole grains, garlic, fruits and vegetables.
Healing herbs for cold sores:
St. Johns wort, Sage, Myrrh, Echinacea, Lemon balm
Healing supplements: Propolis
Healing nutrients and phytochemicals: Amino acids
Healing food for mouth ulcers:
Healing food for thrush
For a more comprehensive list go to: www.healingfoodsreference.com/mouth_ulcers.html
Most mouth sores, whatever their origin are painful and irritating, but many times respond well to natural treatments, which means that relying on conventional treatments might only be necessary for the more symptomatic and difficult cases. Either way, it is wise to consult your doctor for advice in these and all health matters.