Mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers: small but fierce

Although this subject is not the most glamorous topic in the world, mouth ulcers are a type of oral injury that, has affected almost all of us throughout our lives. For this reason we thought it necessary to write an article explaining one of the most effective and powerful ingredients for the treatment of sores.

According to the Colgate website it is necessary to differentiate between mouth ulcers, cold sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis. All of them are considered oral injuries, but there are some differences to take into account.

  • Mouth ulcers or canker sores are small painful ulcers, with a white background and red border. One of its main characteristics is that they have a recurrent character, that is, they usually reappear after a while. They appear inside the mouth (unlike cold sores) and although the exact cause is not known there are factors such as stress, allergies, and emotional disturbances, among others, that are directly related to their appearance
  • Cold sores, manifests as a group of blisters that can appear on the lips or in some nearby areas, such as the chin. It is caused by a virus so once the person has been infected the virus remains in the body and, therefore, may reappear at different times.
  • Leukoplakia is similar to a mouth ulcer but usually appears on the inside of the cheek, gums or tongue, and has a thicker, whiter texture. As explained on the Colgate website, this ailment is usually related to smoking or chewing tobacco or biting one’s cheek, among others, and, in addition, 5% of cases turn into cancer.
  • Candidiasis is an infection caused by the fungus candida abicans and is characterized by the appearance of creamy yellow or red plates on the surface of the mouth.

How to treat them naturally

There are different ways to cure a mouth ulcer, one of the best known is to use water and salt rinses, since salt is a powerful antiseptic, cheap and easy to get. We can also use sodium bicarbonate or spread the wound with hydrogen peroxide. But the real revolution for the treatment of mouth ulcers is called sea buckthorn.

From this shrub we can obtain fruits or berries that have a high content of Omega 7, a fatty acid with large amounts of vitamin C, A, E, BQ and K. Sea buckthorn oil is a powerful skin regenerator which nourishes and moisturizes the mucous membranes of the whole body, from the inside out. It is proven by different studies that this oil improves the quality and hydration of the mucous membranes, as well as the elasticity of the skin.

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