Why Do I Get Recurrent Mouth Ulcers?


mouth-ulcerRecurrent mouth ulcers keeping you away from your favorite mouth watering food?

Is your child’s nutrition impaired due to recurrent mouth ulcers?

It’s probably time for you to see your doctor and find out the underlying cause. Any mouth ulcer which is non healing or spreading fast or persists for longer than 3 weeks should be taken seriously and doctor’s opinion should be sought for the same.

Solitary Mouth Ulcers:

A solitary mouth ulcer is most probably due to an injury to oral mucous lining caused by accidental biting of cheeks or tongue, mechanical injury due to dental braces, chewing or biting hard food or thermal injury caused to oral mucosa by excessively hot drinks etc. Solitary mouth ulcers mostly heal on their own unless there is cancerous pathology causing them.

Causes of Recurrent Ulcers in the Mouth:

  • Deficiency of Vitamin B12 in vegetarians

Another nutritional deficiency is Iron deficiency anaemia which is frequently found in Indian women

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Hormonal changes during every menstrual cycle are triggers for some women
  • Sensitivity to particular food like coffee or cheese
  • Some painkiller medications like Ibuprofen or Aspirin, or certain heart medications like Beta – blocker drugs or Nicorandil
  • When a chronic smoker stops smoking, due to chemical changes taking place in body after quitting. They start healing on their own as one’s body adapts to this new healthy habit.

Infections causing ulcers:

Sometimes recurrent mouth ulcers are infective in origin.

Fungal: Oral thrush is one such infection of oral cavity caused by a fungus – Candida Albicans. It leads to white plaque like lesions in mouth, inside of cheeks, on soft palate, tongue and even on tonsils.

Viral: Another infective disease causing oral ulcerations is Herpes Simplex Virus 1 or Human Herpes Virus 8 (usually associated with Kaposi’s Sarcoma). Although very rare, oral ulcerations may be caused bycoxsackie virus. Persons infected with HIV may also get recurrent apthous ulcers as a result of weak immune system due to Herpes Simplex Virus 1.

Serious medical conditions causing ulcers:

If there are persistent white streaks lining the tongue and inside of cheeks and on gums which looks like oral ulcers and is associated with burning pain it can be Lichen planus affecting oral cavity.

Radiation and chemotherapy for cancer of oral cavity or throat damage the oral mucosa and decrease body’s immune.

Autoimmune disorders (diseases caused when immune system reacts against one’s own body) like Coeliac’s disease or Behcet’s disease, Reiter’s syndrome, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Kawasaki disease cause recurrent ulcers directly or by affecting intake of vitamins and other nutrients.

Crohn’s disease which is an Inflammatory Bowel disease can affect lining of gut wherein linear deep ulcers are caused. Crohn’s disease also affects nutrient absorption from gut.

Cancer of oral cavity can present itself as a non-healing and painless ulcer which is slowly increasing in size.

Treatment of mouth ulcers requires correction of the underlying condition or deficiencies if any. When a person has nutritional deficiencies, homoeopathic medicines along with dietary corrections and vitamin supplements can improve gut absorption of vitamins, iron and other minerals

Homoeopathic treatment can also be used to improve immune resistance. Homoeopathic medicines also help manage stress and anxiety better and thus can control stress- related recurrent mouth ulcers. Contact us today to know how homoeopathic treatment for mouth ulcers at LifeForce can help you.

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