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Mouth Ulcers

John53

I go leaps and bounds
I suffered from mouth ulcers a lot as a kid but grew out of it in my teens but 20 or so years ago I had chemo and a stem cell transplant and I started getting them again. I've spoke to the doctor about it and he blamed a low immune system and didn't offer any ideas on how to treat or prevent them. I've tried just about every over the counter medication I can find from the chemist but other than very temporary relief from the pain they seem to be a waste of time and money.

Does anyone have any remedies they think worth trying? I'm willing to give almost anything a go.
 

The Hammer

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Premium Member
@John53 I just use a numbing medication. Canker sores as they are called, are typically viral. Caused by the same virus that causes cold sores.

So if it's recurrent you might be able to get a retroviral with a prescription.

Edited: not OTC.
 
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John53

I go leaps and bounds
@John53 I just use a numbing medication. Canker sores as they are called, are typically viral. Caused by the same virus that causes cold sores.

So if it's recurrent you might be able to get an OTC retroviral with a prescription.

Thanks, I don't know what it means but I will write it down and ask the doc on my next visit.
 

Little Dragon

Well-Known Member
I suffered from mouth ulcers a lot as a kid but grew out of it in my teens but 20 or so years ago I had chemo and a stem cell transplant and I started getting them again. I've spoke to the doctor about it and he blamed a low immune system and didn't offer any ideas on how to treat or prevent them. I've tried just about every over the counter medication I can find from the chemist but other than very temporary relief from the pain they seem to be a waste of time and money.

Does anyone have any remedies they think worth trying? I'm willing to give almost anything a go.
I would suggest very strong brine solution as a mouth wash, salt water, at least 4 tbsps of table salt stirred and dissolved into a lukewarm glass of boiled water. It will sting like hell.
You can use this as many times a day as you like, since its just salt.
I am a former analytical chemist not a doctor, however it works very well for me. I had ulcers from undetected coeliac disease, helped enormously.
Again, it stings a lot. However the salt should help keep down bacteria in the ulcer and free up your immune system to deal with any viral issues.
 

John53

I go leaps and bounds
I would suggest very strong brine solution as a mouth wash, salt water, at least 4 tbsps of table salt stirred and dissolved into a lukewarm glass of boiled water. It will sting like hell.
You can use this as many times a day as you like, since its just salt.
I am a former analytical chemist not a doctor, however it works very well for me. I had ulcers from undetected coeliac disease, helped enormously.
Again, it stings a lot. However the salt should help keep down bacteria in the ulcer and free up your immune system to deal with any viral issues.

I was just reading the brine rinse solution in Hammer's link. I'm going to try it.
 

Revoltingest

Pragmatic Libertarian
Premium Member
I suffered from mouth ulcers a lot as a kid but grew out of it in my teens but 20 or so years ago I had chemo and a stem cell transplant and I started getting them again. I've spoke to the doctor about it and he blamed a low immune system and didn't offer any ideas on how to treat or prevent them. I've tried just about every over the counter medication I can find from the chemist but other than very temporary relief from the pain they seem to be a waste of time and money.

Does anyone have any remedies they think worth trying? I'm willing to give almost anything a go.
 

anna.

but mostly it's the same
I suffered from mouth ulcers a lot as a kid but grew out of it in my teens but 20 or so years ago I had chemo and a stem cell transplant and I started getting them again. I've spoke to the doctor about it and he blamed a low immune system and didn't offer any ideas on how to treat or prevent them. I've tried just about every over the counter medication I can find from the chemist but other than very temporary relief from the pain they seem to be a waste of time and money.

Does anyone have any remedies they think worth trying? I'm willing to give almost anything a go.

Many years ago, I had a very bad one (we call them canker sores) that was so painful I couldn't eat and it wasn't healing so I finally went to the doctor, and was prescribed "magic mouthwash." It was quite definitely magical, and I never forgot the core ingredients, but because it was mixed at the pharmacy, I wasn't sure if it was an equal parts mix of the three ingredients so I've just looked it up. Here's a variety of magic mouthwash formulas, mine was formula no. 2: Maalox, lidocaine, and Benadryl. I hope one of these will work for you. Good luck!

 

SalixIncendium

अग्निविलोवनन्दः
Staff member
Premium Member
I've had canker sores on and off since childhood. They've become a useful marker for me that lets me know my body has begun fighting another illness, as my immune system, which usually keeps them at bay, abandons the fight and is off to fight another illness.

Gargling in salt water, which isn't a form of pain relief, usually shortens the duration of them. Though annoying, the pain is bearable for me, but this might not be the case for everyone. In such case, an oral pain reliever cream such as Orajel can help.
 

SalixIncendium

अग्निविलोवनन्दः
Staff member
Premium Member
@John53 I just use a numbing medication. Canker sores as they are called, are typically viral. Caused by the same virus that causes cold sores.

So if it's recurrent you might be able to get a retroviral with a prescription.

Edited: not OTC.
Canker sores are but one type of mouth ulcer.

 

InChrist

Free4ever
I suffered from mouth ulcers a lot as a kid but grew out of it in my teens but 20 or so years ago I had chemo and a stem cell transplant and I started getting them again. I've spoke to the doctor about it and he blamed a low immune system and didn't offer any ideas on how to treat or prevent them. I've tried just about every over the counter medication I can find from the chemist but other than very temporary relief from the pain they seem to be a waste of time and money.

Does anyone have any remedies they think worth trying? I'm willing to give almost anything a go.
Yes, the best remedy is L-lysine, which is an amino acid. I use it immediately when I feel a mouth sore coming on. I usually take it 2-3 times a day for couple days and it stops the sore and eliminates the condition from progressing. Canker or cold sores usually erupt during times of stress or when the bodies immune system is run down, so B Vitamins, rest, and healthy foods are helpful. But L-lysine has always stopped them in their tracks.


 
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