Friday, October 27, 2017

Canker sores and mouth ulcers; how to avoid and relieve pain

For years, I've been suffering from canker sores.
Canker Sores are white ulcers that forms inside the mouth.  They are quite painful and can last 7 to 10 days.  There are many theories about canker sores, however, there's no simple explanation as to how to avoid outbreak.

It is important to note that Canker sores are not transferable to others by contact.  Canker Sores differ from Cold Sores (HSV-1)

Here are some suggestions as to why you may develop a canker sore:
1.  Fatigue
2.  Stress
3.  Compromise to immune system
4.  Food allergies or sensitivity
5.  Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS)

Sodium Laurel Sulfate is a detergent in most toothpastes, it provides the foaming action.   It is best for people with canker sores to avoid this ingredient in their mouth.  Foaming detergent will irritate your mouth.  Check the ingredient list on your toothpaste.  So far, the most accessible toothpaste that is SLS free is Biotene for Dry Mouth.  You can purchase at most drugstores and supermarkets.  There's a paste and gel.  The Original paste has a better taste and consistency.

Food allergy or sensitivity is another important contributor to an outbreak.  Most people do not realize that there are foods that they are sensitive to.   Allergies and sensitivity will produce different reactions.  For me, cooked or raw onions and red wine will trigger canker sores.  Also, acidic foods, like oranges or orange juice, may also irritate mouth.  It is best to avoid or limit these foods.

What to do when you have an outbreak.
Sleep and rest is the best remedy.  I use  Sanjin Melon Frost Spray to relieve pain.  It works instantly.  It comes in a small bottle and it's made from watermelon rinds.  It is a fine powder, grey in color, tastes awful, but it immediately relieves the discomfort.  When dusted directly on the canker sore, it temporarily provides relief from pain.  It was invented by Chinese herbalist to sooth canker sores due to fire in the stomach.  It's made with watermelon and Glauber’s salt.  There's information on how to make your own Melon Frost.

I simply purchased my bottles from for approximately $10.  Well worth stocking up.
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San Ramon, CA

Cold sores, herpes (HSV-1) for Lip Permanent Makeup Procedures

Common question asked by Permanent Makeup Artist when performing lip procedures..."Have you ever had cold sores or fever blisters?"  On average, 1 in 3 clients will answer "Yes".  Cold sores are highly contagious and is transferable to others.

Cold sores or fever blisters pop up on the lips or surrounding skin around the lips.  You may feel a tingling sensation around the mouth.  They are clusters of sores, red in color, and secrete a clear fluid.  They are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1).  HSV carriers have periodic outbreak due to fatigue, stress, compromise to their immune system, over exposure to sun/wind, or  trauma to the lips or mouth area.  Upon outbreak, average duration of time to heal is 2 weeks.  During outbreaks, it is highly contagious to others.   May transfer to others via sharing of utensils, food, toothpaste, kissing, etc...

For those people that are not an HSV-1 carrier, Permanent Makeup lip procedure cannot give you herpes.   The artist uses single use sterile needles, therefore, it is safe.

However, if you are an HSV-1 carrier, the trauma of needling your lips will cause an outbreak.  To avoid an outbreak, it is recommended that you take an anti viral medication few days before and after the lip procedure.  There are several on the market and they do vary in strength. Please consult with your doctor for a prescription.  Lysine- L is not effective and therefore should not replace perscribed anti viral medication.  
To clarify, cold sores should not be confused with canker sores.  Canker sores form inside the mouth, gums and tongue.  It appears as a white ulcer.  Canker sores are not contagious to others.  It is an auto immune deficiency or triggered food sensitivity.  Average duration to heal is 7 to 10 days.
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San Ramon, CA
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