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Mouth ulcers lots of the time - what's going wrong
umm saw some new stuff advertised in the mway service station the other day, but can't remember what its called, you apparently swill it and it coats your ulcers for the day...one for the pharmacist thinks me...
Batter, my ds is getting a lot of ulcers too, I wanted to know what caused them and googled it yesterday but it didn't tell me anything but I was wondering if it was a vitamin deficiency of some kind. Sorry to hijack but we have the same problem and I don't know what to do either. So I hope someone can help us here.
Twigglett is right.... DS had this too and we asked the dentist who said so....
It is the season to have such things.... it's not anything to do with sugar but I found that tomatoes hurt their tongue so cutting out the ketchup is a good idea from that stand point.
Good luck batters - not talked to you in a long time!
batters - I suffered from really bad mouth ulcers (17 at once - ouch!)when under severe stress last year and the GP prescribed this which really is the best thing I've ever used.
It's a bit strange 'cos it forms a sort of jelly covering to the ulcer on contact, but it really does stop it hurting. It can also be used for children for a short period of time.
You may want to try a different toothpaste for your DD - I've heard that an ingredient (sodium lauryl sulphate?) can exacerbate mouth ulcers for some people.
I get these when run down - but last year I had a phase of several months when I had them all the time, one after another in different places. Then dp got them and after several trips to the GP it turned out we (and dd) had hand, foot and mouth. There's nothing you can do for it, but I did get prescribed some revolting glue-like paste for the mouth ulcers which did seem to clear them up after months of trying stuff like Bonjela to no effect. So might be worth a trip to the GP - or even a question to your pharmacist.
Pidge - sounds like the same stuff. I didn't think it was that revolting! Anything's better than the mouth ulcers!
You're right about hand foot & mouth - I think that's how ours started in the first place...
Yuk Mo2!! I thought it was like having a great big glob of gritty wallpaper paste sat on your tongue. I can't imagine a kid taking kindly to it. But it did work - so yes, definitely better than mouth ulcers in the long run. And I only had to apply it for a week or two.
I get loads of mouth ulcers - usually when I'm stressed or under the weather. I was told (by a doctor) that they can be worse as a result of a vitamin B deficiency and I've significantly reduced the number and severity by taking vitamin supplements. I don't know if this would help others.
I had in the back of my mind that vit B might be somethng to do with it as ds is veggie. Will have a look for B vit rich food Batters and will post a list, got to be worth a try. That link seems to say there isn't a particular cause doesn't it?
I get mouth ulcers a lot. My dad got them as a kid, and outgrew them. I seem to have inherited them, apart from the bit about outgrowing them. If ever I cut my mouth it turns into a painful mouth ulcer that takes about 2 weeks to heal. I've asked dentists, doctors, and pharmacists about what causes them. Opinions vary. Some say allergies. Some say lack of protein (which is not the case because I eat lots of meat and dairy). I've never heard that it was down to a weak immune system. But, to be honest, I'd be willing to test any theory that might have a shred of truth to it.
One thing that will give immediate but very short term relief is raising the PH in your mouth by brushing your teeth or eating a hard candy. Also, it could be a food allergy. But you'd just have to take note of what you/she eats when one comes on. This can be a rather tedious process. I have never been able to associate them with a food allergy.
It never occurred to me to take echinacea. I may try that after pregnancy (in June).
I'd second the idea of Adcortyl in Orabase, it's the only thing I've used which truly works. I was knocked over a while back and had a cut in my mouth which turned into a massive ulcer. The dr gave me Adcortyl and within 24hrs I could feel it was healing. It still hurt but wasn't stinging, iykiwm. Bonjela is a local anaethetic which soon wears off, whereas Adcortyl actually helps the healing process. I've also got a new product, Aloclair mouthwash, in my medicine cabinet but can't vouch for its usefulness as I've not had occasion to use it thus far. It claims to put a protective covering over the ulcer.
Twiglett, that link was interesting, esp the bit about the white coating on the ulcer. I always thought it was composed of dead cells but it's actually bacteria - yuk!!