When I eat spicy or salty foods I often get mouth ulcers, is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening, as they are very sore when I get them?

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Mouth Ulcers

When I eat spicy or salty foods I often get mouth ulcers, is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening, as they are very sore when I get them?

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The mouth is protected by a lining and when this lining is broken and the sensitive skin underneath is exposed, a mouth ulcer occurs. They can be the size of a pin head but no less painful than larger ones and the condition can recur if you are susceptible to them.

There are many causes of mouth-ulcers and yes hot, spicy or salty foods can cause them, as too can badly fitting dentures. The only way to deal with the problem long-term is too avoid such foods or to the remove the dentures and have them refitted.

Mouth ulcers can also occur when you are run-down so take a multivitamin and mineral supplement and look at ways you can improve your diet. If an ulcer lasts longer than three weeks you should seek medical advice.

How to treat mouth ulcers with alternative treatments

If you find your mouth ulcers are recurring you may be deficient in iron, folic acid and Vitamin B12, therefore, consider taking supplements.

Add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to four tablespoons of water and dab the area with cotton wool soaked in the solution. Try not to swallow, but rinse mouth out with cold water after ten minutes.

Hypericum is a great pain reliever and Calendula is an effective antiseptic. They should be used in tincture form, by adding one teaspoon to five tablespoons of boiled, cooled water and used as a mouthwash.

Other mouthwashes include making up a tea out of dried sage leaves; adding lemon juice to warm water or adding two teaspoons of sea salt to warm water.

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