Canker sores or mouth ulcers can be an annoying topic for all. They cause a lot of discomfort and pain in the mouth, especially during consumption of food. These blisters in the mouth are called aphthous stomatitis. About 20% of the population are affected by apthous ulcers at any one time. Women are supposed to be at higher risk than men as they get affected by recurrent canker sores. The blisters can affect anyone, but is generally common among people aged between 10 to 40. Though there are no preventative measures with regard to aphthous ulcers, a few effective treatments do help.
Many over the counter drugs are used in the treatment of mouth ulcers. However, the most common medication is the topical oral paste called Aphthasol. Canker sores disappear only after a period of 2 to 3 weeks without medication. But if medicated, the chances of alleviating their pain are higher. Since there is no preventative, one can just expedite the healing process.
How is a canker sore caused? Canker sores or mouth ulcers are autoimmune conditions caused when the immune system reacts to something in the mouth. When the body’s immune system goes on alarm regarding something in the mouth (maybe a food item or too many germs), they attack the foreign body, resulting in canker sores. A canker sore will generally have the look of a crater, with a gray center and red, raised circular margin. Any acidic item or spicy food can evoke stinging pain in the canker sores.
Aphthasol usage: Aphthasol acts as a soothing agent when applied on the blisters. An oral paste, it is topically applied on the sores for about 4 times a day, usually after breakfast, lunch, dinner and at bedtime. Apply the aphthasol paste after cleaning the blisters with cloth. There is no need to rub the paste on the ulcer. You can just take ¼ inch dab and apply it gently on the surface of the sore. 10 days of treatment is ideal.
Aphthasol don’ts: Though there is no preventative for mouth ulcers, there are a few don’ts that help with prevention or further outbreak of canker sores:
1. Toothpaste: Don’t use a toothpaste that has a lot of sodium lauryl sulfate or SLS as an ingredient. It has a detergent-like action which dries the mouth and causes irritation to the mucous membranes. This can lead to frequent canker sores.
2. Acidic foods: Don’t take foods or drinks that are too acidic or spicy in nature. This can aggravate the pain of your blisters. Also, eliminating such food can lessen the frequency and duration of a canker sore outbreak.
3. Salty or crunchy food: Don’t take too much such food as they can alarm the immune system, resulting in formation of canker sores.
4. Brushing: Don’t brush aggressively as it can cause trauma to mucous membranes resulting in mouth ulcers.
5. Stress: Don’t stress yourself too much. Personal or work stress can affect your body, causing blisters in the form of mouth ulcers.
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