These unpleasant, painful mouth sores can make it difficult to eat, talk and most importantly – smile. If you get recurrent sores on your lips, get your health care provider to test you for herpes simplex. If you test positive, there is medication you can take which will decrease the amount of time the sore lingers and increase the time between outbreaks. Herpes simplex is in the family of chicken pox, shingles and genital herpes. It is not sexually transmitted like genital herpes.
Canker sores that occur inside the mouth are of a different nature. Many people get these painful sores during times of high stress. If you are one of the unfortunate 25% of the population getting recurrent mouth sores, try regular antimicrobial mouthwashes. Once you have an outbreak, use Benadryl liquid rinses or diluted hydrogen peroxide in warm water.
To prevent the canker sores, keep to a diet high in Vitamin B12 and of course manage your daily stress levels with meditation or yoga or tai chi.
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