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Mouth Ulcers

Painful abscesses in the mouth.

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Symptoms

  • Painful sores on the mucous membranes of the mouth.
  • Egg-shaped ulcers with a white centre.

Causes

  • Food allergy
  • Acid fruits
  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Poor oral hygiene, such as brushing teeth too vigorously
  • Gum disease
  • Sinusitis
  • Vitamin B deficiency
  • Immune system dysfunction
  • Poor digestive function
  • Stress

Natural Therapies

  • Supplement with a B vitamin plus vitamin C complex
  • Digestive bitters can help improve digestion
  • Rinse mouth with warm filtered salt water before bed each night after cleaning teeth
  • A mixture of oil of cloves and tea tree oil 50/50 can help with the pain and infection caused by mouth ulcers. Apply a very small dab onto the ulcer

Diet and Lifestyle Suggestions

Eat more red and yellow vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals, non-citrus fruit, lean meats and seafood. Repeated attacks could be a sign of being run down. Ensure you undertake moderate exercise, get plenty of fresh air and adequate sleep.

Remedy

Avoid spicy foods and any food known to cause problems, and reduce stress.

Important Notes

Consult your healthcare professional if the ulcers don't heal.

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Rebekah                       Rebekah

Hi Karen, I am sorry to hear of your son’s recurrent mouth ulcers. Mouth ulcers are generally an indication of a compromised immune system .They may be caused by a specific nutrient deficiency , for example the mineral zinc. I would suggest you obtain a child-specific vitamin supplement that contains zinc, vitamin C and vitamin A.
Other vitamins and nutrients that are supportive of the immune system include vitamin D, iron and herbs like echinacea and olive leaf. It is fantastic that he loves his fruit and vegetables. Limiting refined sugar is important as well, due to its detrimental effect on immune function.
I would also suggest you take your son to a naturopath or integrative doctor to have a personalised consultation and any biomedical testing that may be required.
Please call the Naturopathic Advisory service for any further advice or support on 1800 803 760 .Kind regards, Rebekah (a Blackmores naturopath)
, posted on 18 June 2014. Report Abuse

i have a 9 year old boy who eats well and loves fruit and vegies. he continually gets mouth ulcers and they are very painful. how can i help him pls , posted on 17 June 2014. Report Abuse

Leanne                        Leanne

Hi Wasti,

I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had a mouth ulcer for 2 months. It is important to assess your stress levels and general health, and ensure that you are supporting yourself as much as possible with a good balance of rest & exercise whilst striving for an optimal diet. This would include plenty of coloured vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins such as lean meats, seafood and eggs.

You could consider supplementing your diet with a multi vitamin & mineral supplement and immune-supporting nutrients such as zinc, vitamins C and E. Wasti, if you’d like to speak to a Blackmores naturopath please feel free to call us on 1800 803 760 or email advice@blackmores.com.au. Best wishes, Leanne (Blackmores naturopath)
, posted on 15 July 2013. Report Abuse

suffering with mouth ulcer right side of tongue + cheek for the last
2 months.For first month gel against fungus were used.Now using
KENALOG in Orabase for the last 15 days but progress is slow.Taking
spicy food as routine.
, posted on 12 July 2013. Report Abuse

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