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Mouth Sore

Mouth sores are common ailments that affect many people at some point in their lives. These sores can appear on any of the soft tissues of your mouth, including your lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, and floor and roof of your mouth. Mouth sores, which include canker sores, are usually a minor irritation and last only a week or two. 

The Symptoms of Mouth Sore —

In most cases, mouth sores cause some redness and pain, especially when eating and drinking. They can also cause a burning or tingling sensation around the sore. Depending on the size, severity, and location of the sores in your mouth, they can make it difficult to eat, drink, swallow, talk, or breathe. The sores may also develop blisters.

The Causes of Mouth Sore —

Several things can lead to mouth sores, ranging from minor everyday causes to serious illnesses. Usually, a mouth sore might develop if you:

  • bite your tongue, cheek, or lip
  • burn your mouth
  • experience irritation from a sharp object, such braces, retainer, or dentures
  • brush your teeth too hard, or use a very firm toothbrush
  • chew tobacco

these sores aren’t contagious. You may be more prone to them due to:

  • a weakened immune system because of illness or stress
  • hormone changes
  • a vitamin deficiency, especially of folate and B-12
  • intestinal issues, such as Crohn’s disease or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Occasionally, mouth sores are the result of — or a reaction to — the following:

  • over-the-counter or prescription medications
  • gingivostomatitis
  • infectious mononucleosis
  • oral thrush
  • hand, foot, and mouth disease
  • radiation or chemotherapy
  • autoimmune disorders
  • bleeding disorders
  • cancer
  • celiac disease
  • bacterial, viral, or fungal infection
  • a weakened immune system due to AIDS 

The Treatment of Mouth Sore —

Minor mouth sores often go away naturally within 10 to 14 days, but they can last up to six weeks. Some simple home remedies might help reduce the pain and possibly speed up the healing process. You may want to:

  • avoid hot, spicy, salty, citrus-based, and high-sugar foods
  • avoid tobacco and alcohol
  • gargle with salt water
  • eat ice, ice pops, sherbet, or other cold foods
  • take a pain medication
  • avoid squeezing or picking at the sores or blisters
  • apply a thin paste of baking soda and water

The Treatment Principle according to Ayurveda —

  • Tikta, Kashaya, Madhura Rasa, Ruksha Guna, Sheeta Virya Oushadhas are used.
  • Virechana with Trivrit Churnam (Avipatthi Churnam) — 15-30gms morning with hot milk in kapha jirnakaala around (Morning 9.30)

Kashayam —

  • Sapthaccadaadi Kashayam
  • Triphala Kashayam
  • Tiktakam Kashayam
  • Maha Tiktakam Kashayam
  • Chandanadi Kashayam
  • Sonitamrta Kashayam

Gulika (Can be given with kashaya) —

  • Kamadhuga Rasa
  • Amla Pittantaka Loham
  • Yashtimadhu Gulika
  • Stomatab

After the acute phase is over the following ghritas are prescribed.

Ghritam —

Virechanam —

  • Kalyanaka Gudam

For External Application —

  • Yasthimadhu Churnam
  • Triphala Churnam mixed with honey should be applied over the sore.

Kavalam (Gargling with honey) —

  • Sapthaccadaadi Kashayam
  • Yashtimadhu Kashayam
  • Triphala Kashayam; Triphala Yashtimadhu churnam
  • Aragvada Tvak Kashayam

Other Medicines —

  • Dhatri Loham
  • Gairika Bhasma
  • Pravala Pishti

Pathya Apathya —

  • Follow Pittahara measures
  • Avoid Coffee, tea, spicy foods and stress
  • Avoid constipation

Reference —

  1. Mouth Sore
  2. Principles & practice of Ayurvedic clinical medicine
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