# 4 - PERSONALIZING "SCD" > MOUTH SORES


 

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QUESTION:  I always have multiple mouth sores (stomatitis?) in my mouth (sometimes four or five at a time). They are really irritating and I can't enjoy my meal. I think my diet is pretty normal, however, I usually prefer meat to vegetables. Could you tell me what are the causes of this mouth sore and how I can prevent them? Do you have any suggestion on what kind of food or medicine I should take? Thank you very much for your help.

 

What you describe sounds similar to canker sores — acute, painful ulcers in the mouth that occur singly or in groups. You are probably right to think that diet has something to do with their formation. Deficiencies of iron, Vitamin B12, calcium, and folic acid have all been correlated with increased outbreaks of canker sores. So, a well-balanced eating plan — including vegetables! — would help this aspect of your problem. Many other things have been associated with canker sore formation: hormonal change, genetics, emotional stress or anxiety, and mechanical trauma (stabbing yourself accidentally with your toothbrush), to name a few. Perhaps with close attention, you can determine what triggers your canker sores and avoid or fix it.

 

In the meantime, popular and health care provider-recommended home remedies include rinsing the mouth out with salt water or applying hydrogen peroxide or milk of magnesia directly on the sore. For temporary pain relief, a benzocaine-containing ointment or liquid (available at the local drugstore) can be applied to the sore. As with many aches and pains, swallowing an aspirin or ibuprofen tablet may also help you enjoy your meals. Also, you may find your meals less aggravating if you avoid spicy, salty, or acidic foods.

 

If your sores last for longer than a week or if you have other symptoms of illness along with the sores, a visit to a health care provider would be in order.

 

Cracks or sores in the corner of the mouth can be rather annoying, like a paper cut — small, and irritating. Fancy medical terms for this condition include "angular stomatitis," "angular cheilitis," or "perleche."

 

A number of different things can be behind the development of such cracks:

  • yeast infections
  • vitamin deficiencies (vitamin B2 or riboflavin)
  • iron-deficiency anemia (low red blood cells due to too little iron)
  • allergic reaction to some substance (particularly products used on the lips, such as lip gloss/stick/balm, and even dental care/oral hygiene products, such as toothpaste)
  • poorly fitting dentures (or no teeth or no dentures at all)

Sometimes applying an anti-yeast cream [such as ketoconazole (brand name is Nizoral) that can be found over-the-counter (OTC) at your local drugstore] to the area will work. You can also mix it with a little dab of 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, also available OTC. Rub this mixture over the area 2 - 3 times each day. If you don't see improvement in under a week, or if the area becomes redder, more swollen, or terribly uncomfortable, you'll need to make an appointment with your health care provider or dermatologist. If you continue to have problems with cracking at the corners of your mouth, check with your health care provider to see if there are other measures you need to be taking, such as using vitamin or iron supplements, applying only petroleum jelly on the lips, switching to a milder baking soda based toothpaste, or being properly fitted with dentures.

 

Taken from:  www.askalice.com

Mouth sores are quite common with people who have malabsorbtion issues and a weakened immune system. My husband with Crohn’s and my brother with IBS had them for a while. B12 injections took care of them fairly quickly.  Also, my 83 year old mother with depression greatly improved by taking B12 injections.

 

Following a balanced SCDiet fanatically heals the intestines, maximizes absorption of nutrients, and rebuilds the immune system to fight against canker sores.