Canker sore is also called as Aphthous ulcer which is a painful ulcer in the mouth. Although the name canker sore is given to this disease, it is not cancerous.
It is a common type of mouth ulcer which many of us get. The exact cause of canker sore is not defined but some are of opinion that it is caused by virus.
A person can get canker sore if the immunity level is lowered. It can occur when he has a mouth injury, dental fixtures and other dental procedures. In some people, it can be as a result of biting the tongue suddenly. People get canker sores when they get emotional or stressed. Women are likely to get ulcers in mouth during menstrual days. Another common cause for canker sore is deficiency of vitamin B12 and folic acid.
Symptoms of canker sore are painful, tiny reddish spots on cheeks and lips. It may also be present in palate and below the gums. The color of the sore is usually white or yellow. In very rare cases, the person may get fever and feel discomfort.
Canker sores do not require any treatment. It will fade away after 3 or 5 days without taking any medicine. You can try home remedy like applying the mixture of hydrogen peroxide on the affected area. Apply yogurt on the part which will soothe the ulcerous growth and heal it completely. Avoid taking hot and spicy foods. Prepare a mixture of lukewarm salt water and gargle it many times a day.
If any of the home remedies does not work, you can try over the counter medicines and ointments for healing the ulcer. In severe cases, you can consult the doctor who may prescribe you mouth gel like Lidex and other mouthwash.
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