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recurrent cankersores
Posted by: Elise
Date: February 15, 2002 7:16 PM

I am plagued by cankersores. I currently have 8 in my mouth, one of which is very large. I visited my primary care physician yesterday. She prescribed an antiviral medication, FAMVIR. She also said that if the large cankersore does not show some improvement in a few days to call her. She will subsequently recommend me to a Ear, Nose and Throat doctor or Oral Surgeon. I recently read that recurrent cankersores can be caused, although rarely, from Behcet's syndrome. I am not sure if I should mention this to my doctor and ask about testing for it. I had another bout with these lesions in August of last year when I was under a great deal of stress. At that time I did see an oral surgeon as a result. He said that they were your "run of the mill" cankersore and not to be concerned. Any advice would be helpful. I should mention I have food allergies which include milk, corn, chocolate and shellfish. I do read all labels and avoid these foods as much as possible.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at May 19, 2008 2:36 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: recurrent cankersores
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 15, 2002 8:09 PM

Behcet's syndrome would involve sores at other locations in the body. Aside from over the counter pain pills, Anbesol, Orajel, Orabase and Zilactin-B (applied directly on the sore) may keep canker sores from becoming irritated by eating, drinking or brushing your teeth. You can also mix equal amounts of Milk of Magnesia and Benadryl Allergy liquid and swish a teaspoonful in your mouth for about one minute and then spit it out. If you do this every 4 to 6 hours, this may help with the pain. Zinc lozenges, vitamin C or vitamin B complex, using a sage-and-chamomile mouthwash or taking a lysine supplement may help canker sores heal faster. Using a toothpaste that does not contain SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) or other irritating ingredients, avoiding chewing gum, hard, crunchy or spicy foods may help. Brushing your teeth after meals, using a soft toothbrush and flossing every day will also keep your mouth free of food that might cause a canker sore.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at May 19, 2008 2:20 AM by Dr. Kennedy.



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