Aarush started screaming the moment he ate a morsel from his breakfast. He refused to eat any more as he could feel a burning sensation in his mouth which was very painful. His mom asked Aarush to open his mouth and found sores in his mouth which was causing inconvenience.
Mouth sores or canker sores are small sores that are always found inside the mouth. They usually occur on the inside of the cheek and lips, parts of the mouth that can move. Mouth sores are rarely seen in clusters. They generally pop up alone. Though canker sores are smaller in size, they are very painful.
How do they look?
Most individuals generally feel a burning sensation or tingle in their mouth before the actual sore appears. They may notice a red bump immediately in a day or two. Then after a day the red bump burst and an open shallow, yellow or white wound which generally has a red border is seen.
Mouth sores are not contagious and do not spread by sharing food or kissing someone.
No one knows what causes mouth sores. They just appear time to time it is most seen in women and people in their teens.
There are various reasons which causes mouth sores
Though they are not contagious they can run in families. For e.g. if your parent or sibling get canker sores then it is more likely that you will develop canker sores because of the genes that you share with them.
Dr. Alka Bhedi renowned physician from Fortis Hospital adds “Constipation or poor digestion system leads to mouth sores.” Fatigue or poor immune system could also result in canker sores
It is assumed that canker sores have a direct connection with stress. As exam time nears or you are stressed, canker sores develop. It is a sign of how much stress you are under. These sores vanish as soon as you are stress relieved.
- Vitamin and iron deficiency
It is assumed that women more than men develop canker sores. Dr. Alka Bhedi, from Fortis hospital says, “Deficiency in Vitamin B complex or iron also results in mouth sores. Women are more anemic and stressed compared to the male and hence women generally get them. Many women also get mouth sores during certain times in their menstrual cycle.”
Physical trauma caused due to accidental biting, toothbrush abrasions, or dental braces can cause mouth sores by breaking the mucous membrane.
A food allergy or vitamin deficiency could be a contributing reason to the canker sore. Dr, Alka Bhedi, suggests, “Having a balanced diet which has vitamins and fiber on a regular basis can prevent mouth sores.”
There is no treatment needed for mouth sores as most canker sore disappears on their own within a few days. It is advised to avoid eating spicy and acidic food as they can be extremely painful on the wounds. You need to be careful while eating nuts as they can rub or poke the sore thereby causing more discomfort and pain.
For any discomfort or for recurring mouth sore it is advised to consult the physician.