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My War With Canker Sores

At some point in grade school I started suffering with canker sores in my mouth. I clearly remember getting in trouble for not finishing lunch because the pain in my mouth was worse than the punishment from the nuns. They were white or yellow with a red ring around them and lasted a week or more. They may be tiny but the pain they produce is huge and they make eating agony. Apparently about one fifth of the population suffers from canker sores.

Also known as aphthous ulcers, canker sores happen in your mouth hence the pain when eating and drinking. They occur on the tongue, lips, base of the gums and inside of the cheek and lips – any part of the mouth that moves. They don’t seem to discriminate as I have had them in all those locations, usually alone but occasionally in a cluster of three or four.

{I can always feel them coming. There is a burning or tingling then a tiny bump pops up. It sends out shooting pain anytime I bump it on a tooth or with my tongue. After about 24 hours it splits open and the shallow wound appears. Big ones are up to an inch but mine are usually smaller. I’ve heard some people also get a fever and feel listless.|There is usually a slight burning or tingling when I am getting a canker sore. Not long after, the small lump comes out and there is a stabbing pain anytime it comes into contact with my teeth or tongue. Within twenty four hours the bump opens to reveal a shallow sore. Mine are usually about ¼ to ½ inch big but I’ve heard of others being up to an inch long.|When they first start I feel a tingly, burning sensation and not long after a small bulge pops up which send stabbing pains through my mouth when I hit it with my tongue or tooth. In twenty four hours the bulge pops and it becomes an open sore. Usually about ¼ to ½ inches in diameter some can be up to an inch in length.}

Canker sores are a type of mouth ulcer and for some reason occur more often in women than in men. They can appear at any age but usually between the ages of 10 and 40. I was about 10 when I first started getting them but am over 40 and they still crop up though not as frequently as they used to.

After some research I found they can be related to a poor diet, mouth injury, diet deficiencies, stress, hormones, menstrual periods and many other causes. It’s also common to see them appear with viral infections. Prone to run in families, they can also be linked to genetics and the immune system.

I’ve tried everything to ease the pain. Normally it lasts a week or more and some over the counter solutions are worse than the pain as you need to place them directly on the sore. Mouthwashes, salt rinses and home-made remedies have all crossed my path but none of them give me enough relief to get a night’s sleep.

Thankfully they aren’t contagious like cold sores and can’t be spread by kissing or sharing food but they are caused by the herpes simplex virus which can pass from person to person. If you have a sore located outside the mouth around your lips, chin or even nostrils it’s a cold sore. Canker sores are always in the mouth.

The best day ever was when my niece recommended I try all natural Aftazen. I prefer all natural products and it worked wonderfully. I had the first good night’s sleep ever in all the years I have had canker sores. Now I recommend it to everyone.

About the the Author
Fed up with Canker Sores? Thousands of people suffer each day from them so if you want to know how to get rid of canker sores then read this informative article. It explains what canker sores are and what causes them as well as outline basic canker sores treatment. No more canker sores..now theres a nice thought!