Experiencing a Canker Sore

Have you experienced having a canker sore? Painful, right?

I’ve always experience this mouth sore and every time I complain, my mother would say that I have a vitamin C deficiency. So I said to myself that I must lack Vitamin C because I always get a sore. I became curious and have a little search about it on the internet and read some important points on MayoClinic.

Definition (from MayoClinic.org):

Canker sores, also called aphthous ulcers, are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues in your mouth or at the base of your gums. Unlike cold sores, canker sores don’t occur on the surface of your lips and aren’t contagious. They can be painful, however, and can make eating and talking difficult. Most canker sores go away on their own in a week or two.

Most canker sores are round or oval with a white or yellow center and a red border. They form inside your mouth — on or under your tongue, inside your cheeks or lips, at the base of your gums, or on your soft palate. You might notice a tingling or burning sensation a day or two before the sores actually appear.

There are several types of canker sores, including minor, major and herpetiform sores.

Minor sores are small and oval-shaped, and heals within a week or two leaving without any scarring. While the major sores are larger and deeper which heals up to six weeks and leaves with a scarring. The other one, herpetiform sores, are pinpoint sizes but occur in clusters of 10 to 100 sores and heals up in one or two weeks.

You need to see a doctor if you experience:

  • Large canker sores
  • Recurring and persistent sores
  • Sores to your lips
  • Pain
  • Difficulty in eating and drinking
  • High fever

What are the Causes of Canker Sores?

The main cause of Canker sore is not clear but researchers said that a combination of many factors contribute that a person experience it. Such triggering factors included are:

Spicy or acidic foods
Accidental cheek bite
Brushing
Toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate
Food sensitivities (chocolate, coffee, strawberries, eggs, nuts, cheese and highly acidic foods, such as pineapple)
Lacking Vitamin B-12, Zinc, Folate or Iron
Emotional stress

Canker sores are common in women. Sometimes, it is because of hereditary or a factor in the environment that you may experience the sore. Remember, if the sore gets painful then it is time to go and see a doctor. If the pain is not that strong, there are some home remedies that you might want to do.

Home Remedies

* Rinse your mouth with salt water and baking soda (dissolve it with 1 tsp. soda in 1/2 cup warm water).
* Apply ice to the canker sore. Let it dissolve.
* Brush your teeth slowly and gently.

To prevent the canker sore to come back, you need to watch out the food that you are going to take. If there are food that you are allergic to, please do avoid them. Choose healthy food. You need to follow good oral hygiene habits like brushing your teeth and flossing regularly.

Source: MayoClinic.Org

Experiencing Chicken Pox

A parent called me today because her child was absent from my class because of chicken pox. After the class, one parent approached me and told me about his son’s condition. He had blisters on his arms as well as his forehead and I suspect it was also chicken pox. I told her mom to let her child rest at home first so that the virus won’t spread to other students.

Chicken pox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It is an itchy rash of spots that look like blisters and it can appear all over the body. A person who has chicken pox will experience a flu-like symptom and is required to stay at home and rest because this infection is very contagious.

Two years ago, one of my students also has chicken pox. I was having a class in the morning and later in the afternoon, I felt like I was having flu. My ears were so painful so I went to the doctor for a check-up. The doctor told me that my ears were okay so I went home and decided to sleep. I slept like a baby that I woke up at 7 o’clock in the evening. I was having fever and my body was painful. When I check on my legs, I saw small blisters. Until I noticed another small blisters kept coming out from my arms. I had chicken pox.

I was absent from work for 2 weeks. I stayed home and rested. My face looked horrible because of the blisters. Most of my friends who had chicken pox told me that the blister are very itchy especially when they are starting to dry up. However, I tried to use warm baths and oatmeal baths and it helped me with the itching problems. Actually, the itching was never a problem because I also used a cream to cool down the blisters.

Having chicken pox was never easy. You can’t talk to people because they might be contaminated. You can’t go out and have fun because the virus is contagious. You can’t do what you want because your body is very weak.

Anyway, if you want to get rid of the terrible experience of having chicken pox, getting a chicken pox vaccine will surely minimize your symptoms. Taking also Acyclovir would surely help but you will have to check with your doctor for the right dosage for it to be effective.

Is it an Eye Problem?

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My husband experienced some redness in his left eye yesterday. It was painful that sometimes it can cause headache. He was bothered about it so he went to see an eye doctor for his eye problem.  The doctor told him that is was Scleritis, an inflammation of the sclera of the white outer wall of the eye.

Most of the symptoms of having an inflamed sclera is a blurred vision, eye pain, red patches on the white part of the eye, sensitivity to light and tearing of the eye. In my husband’s experience, he had red patches on the white part of the eye and eye pain.

The doctor gave him a corticosteroid eye drops and thank God, his eyes are okay now. Although there are still small red patches on his eye but there is no more pain. I hope that by the tomorrow, the redness will be gone.

 

A Painful Menstrual Period

My menstrual period started today. This time, I’m having a painful menstrual period or what is commonly known as dysmenorrhoea.  I’m currently experiencing pain in my lower abdomen and at my lower back.  The pain just comes and goes so I decided not to go to work and just stayed at home and rest.

Whenever this happened, I usually try some home remedies which the doctor told me when I was in college. You too can apply it too. Here’s the list:

1. Apply a heating pad on your lower belly area. Since, I don’t have a heating pad at home, I use a bottle and placed it with hot water. After that, I cover it with cloth and put the bottle in my lower belly just bellow my belly button.

2. Drinking warm beverages will also help a lot.

3. Keep your legs raised while lying down, or lie on your side with your knees bent.

4. Take warm showers or baths.

5. Walk or exercise regularly, including pelvic rocking exercises.

There are other home remedies that are effective but these are my proven home remedies which I have tried and tested.

If the pain gets overwhelming and I am in the middle of my work, a single Paracetamol will help. The doctor told me I can take pain relievers such as Mefenamic Acid or Advil but sad to say I am allergic to any pain relievers, so I just settle on Paracetamol and it helps though.