Alright, lately I have been having canker sores in my mouth. They seem to heal and then come back again in another place and recently I have like 3 in my mouth at once. What could be causing this? Is it an STI or is it just an old fashion canker sore?
These my friend are related to a herpes symplex virus. They may come and go depending on several things, including stress from weather and personal stuff. Since herpes is a virus, you cant cure it, but you can treat it. Use Valtrex or ask your Dr about it.
Also, if you can, try to avoid direct or indirect contact with your canker sore and other peoples mouth during an outbreak (when you have them). Even sharing household items may spread the virus. If you smoke cigarrettes, that usually makes them worse, so try to cut down.
I'm going to call you on this one Sexpert.
I don't believe that Canker sores are related to HSV at all.
Recurrent canker sores afflict about 20 percent of the general population. The medical term for the sores is aphthous stomatitis.
Canker sores are usually found on the movable parts of the mouth such as the tongue or the inside linings of the lips and cheeks. They begin as small oval or round reddish swellings, which usually burst within a day. The ruptured sores are covered by a thin white or yellow membrane and edged by a red halo. Generally, they heal within 2 weeks. Canker sores range in size from an eighth of an inch wide in mild cases to more than an inch wide in severe cases. Severe canker sores may leave scars. Fever is rare, and the sores are rarely associated with other diseases. Usually a person will have only one or a few canker sores at a time.
Most people have their first bout with canker sores between the ages of 10 and 20. Children as young as 2, however, may develop the condition. The frequency of canker sore recurrences varies considerably. Some people have only one or two episodes a year, while others may have a continuous series of canker sores.
What causes canker sores?
The cause of canker sores is not well understood. More than one cause is likely, even for individual patients. Canker sores do not appear to be caused by viruses or bacteria, although an allergy to a type of bacterium commonly found in the mouth may trigger them in some people. The sores may be an allergic reaction to certain foods. In addition, there is research suggesting that canker sores may be caused by a faulty immune system that uses the body's defenses against disease to attack and destroy the normal cells of the mouth or tongue.
British studies show that, in about 20 percent of patients, canker sores are due partly to nutritional deficiencies, especially lack of vitamin B12, folic acid and iron. Similar studies performed in the United States, however, have not confirmed this finding. In a small percentage of patients, canker sores occur with gastrointestinal problems, such as an inability to digest certain cereals. In these patients, canker sores appear to be part of a generalized disorder of the digestive tract.
Female sex hormones apparently play a role in causing canker sores. Many women have bouts of the sores only during certain phases of their menstrual cycles. Most women experience improvement or remission of their canker sores during pregnancy. Researchers have used hormone therapy successfully in clinical studies to treat some women.
Both emotional stress and injury to the mouth can trigger outbreaks of canker sores, but these factors probably do not cause the disorder.
I do agree with vitamin B as a treatment, I used to use it as a kid and it helped. But I still say it's assosiated with one of the five herpes symplex types. At least that would be my conclusion.
>>>Infectious agents (both bacterial and viral).
The fact that substances characteristic of bacterial and viral infections have been isolated from canker sores suggests that bacteria or viruses could be causative in the formation of these mouth ulcers.
Just one of the many mysteries of life :laughing:
_>>>Infectious agents (both bacterial and viral).
Where are you getting that from?
I don't think they're related to HSV either. I went to the docs with my mom about a year ago because she gets them very frequently and he explained a lot about them.
~*~Smile, it's the second best thing you can do with your mouth.~*~
There are new studies just out relating them to the HSV virus.
Here is my battle with canker sores. First I will say that B1 and B6 vitamins help tremendously whenever I feel my membrane a little "out of whack".
I have never had them before in my life and one night I did not brush my teeth, drank alot of alcohol, ate incredibly rich food and may have had an open sore from bting my cheek. next morning was wow. For the next month and a half I battled incredible pain. Here is what I learned.
1. Kanka is awesome. Mellows pain and coats sores with a membrane to protect them. Do this constantly, those natural band aids help the sores heal. I could care less about the caution on how often to use.
2. I stopped eating almost for 8 days and lived on protein shakes. I lost 10 pounds and did ok, but it was hell on my colon..so add a few greens if you can, but eating anything was way worse.
3. Vicodin if you can get your doctor to prescribe. Did little for the pain, but it improved my mood to where I did not bite everyones head off, and I felt the pain but was able to ignore it, especially so I could sleep at night.
4. Yogurt, yogurt , yogurt!
5. I leared about SLS, holy cow its in everything! So read up on it, but basically its structure makes little cuts in your mouth, and guess what, almost every toothpaste has it, except Arm & Hammer toothpaste, not the box of baking soda (yuck), this one tastes good.
Using this method did not speed recovery, (10 days once i stuck to these methods)but made it bearable. I tried EVERYTHING on any web site. The homeopathic remedies worked about as well as a 7-11 Slurpee.
I have now stayed canker free for 3 months. Yogurt B vitamins and no SLS. I can still feel my mouth lining is not
where it used to be, but I can manage as long as hell does not return