Although some people make the mistake of saying canker sores instead of fever blisters or cold sores, canker sores are not related to the Herpes Simplex Virus, but are ulcers (one or more) that appear on the inner cheek, gums, tongue, or inside the lips of the mouth and they hurt like crazy, often your chin, jaw or whole side of your face ache.
They are caused from eating foods that are too acidic (strawberries, tomatoes, pineapple, tomato sauce, salsa, etc.) or drinking certain beverages. These same foods and beverages may also trigger a HSV breakout. So, it is important to see your doctor if you are not sure what you are actually dealing with. Contrary to what you may hear, HSV can definitely infect the inside of the mouth with blisters. When these blisters erupt they often look like canker sores (raw, painful craters).
Canker Sore Remedies
Canker Sores can be treated with some of the same natural remedies as HSV.
Increase your L-Lysine. L-Lysine is a crucial amino acid, which restores pH balance. L-Lysine supplements may cause abdominal pain, diarrhea and possibly the formation of gallstones when taken long term. It’s completely safe in its natural food state. Foods richest in Lysine are Beef, Tuna, Turkey, Pork, Plain Organic Yogurt and Milk. If you are a vegetarian or vegan you still have Peas, Chickpeas, Lentils, Soybeans, Kidney Beans, Navy Beans, Almonds and Walnuts to choose from. You may also crush a Lysine tablet, make a paste with a drop of water or honey and apply it to the canker sore for a few minutes. Add a bit of Aspirin to the mix to reduce pain. It won't hurt you to swallow either of them.
For terrible pain, place a throat drop known for numbing action, such as Cepacol, on the canker sore. In addition, rinse with salt water (the saltier the better) at least 3-4 times per day.
Vitamin B-12. Most people suffering from canker sores are deficient in vitamin B-12. For best absorption, use a B-12 nasal spray.
Alum (an herb) formed into a paste heals canker sores quickly. However, it must only be dabbed onto the center of the sore with a Q-tip, as it may burn healthy skin tissue.
Place a Zinc lozenge directly over the canker sore and let dissolve. Use as directed on the package. Do not exceed total Zinc levels of 50 mg per day.
Jason's Seafresh Toothpaste or Squigle Toothpaste have been helpful in preventing canker sores.
OTC (over-the-counter) ideas for healing canker sores are Canker Melts, Canker Cover, Canker Care Plus (+), and Biotene (for dry mouth, which can be a cause of canker sores).
While most of these are not, by any means, old world remedies, they will do in a pinch to relieve symptoms of canker sores. Of course, the best remedy is to avoid those foods, beverages and other things that go in the mouth that cause them.
HSV triggers are detailed in my HSV Trigger Report, which is FREE when you subscribe to The Herpes Lady, and even further on in my e-book, The Old World Diet & Natural Remedies for Putting Herpes in Remission, but particular triggers for cold sores (HSV-1) are alcoholic beverages, smoking, caffeine, sugar, acidic foods, such as strawberries and oranges, spicy or hot foods, certain sensitivities to food additives, and emotional stress.
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Whirligigs ~ Testicles
Accoucheur ~ A male mid-wife.
Kingsevil ~ A disease or swelling of the cervical lymph nodes.
Valitudinary ~ Subject to sickness; crazy.
Chime-Child ~ A child born on Sunday who was immune to witchcraft, could see ghosts, and was a natural healer.
Periblepsis ~ A delirious stare of the eyes.
Wormland ~ A churchyard.
Green-Sickness ~ A disease incident to virgins; sickly paleness, with green tint of complexion.
Tissek or Tissicky Cough ~ A tickling faint cough.
Multiplying Medicine ~ An elixer of the alchemists, used in making and multiplying gold.
Peat-Reek-Whisky ~ Highland whiskey, distilled over peat fires.
Belly-Brussen ~ A distended stomach or having a protuberant stomach.
Oint ~ To smear with an unctuous substance (usually having to do with painting or disguising something).
Farbed-Up ~ Confused
Nyctobasis ~ Somnambulism; to walk in one's sleep.
Roozles ~ Wretchedness of mind and body.
Coolth ~ Coolness (opposite of warmth).
Pharmacopolist ~ An apothecary.
Laver ~ To wash (before dinner).
Gothicism ~ To be rude or rudeness.
Desuetude ~ Lack of use.
Splay the Bream ~ To cut up that fish.
Doctor of Skill ~ A physician.
Pimpish ~ Dainty in the matter of food (taking in small quantities.)
Dendranthoplology ~ The theory that man sprang from trees.
Fash ~ Care, trouble, anxiety.
Satisfy Colon ~ To satisfy one's hunger.
Neurasthenia ~ Debility or impairment of the nerves.
Trollibags ~ The intestines.
Cothish ~ Faint, sickly, ailing.
Fogo ~ A disagreeable stink or smell.
With Squirrel ~ Pregnant
Pottinger ~ A cook, apothecary, druggist (Scotland).
Pomster ~ A quack doctor; to treat illness without knowledge or skill.
Bleflummery ~ Vain imaginings.
Venefice ~ A practice of poisoning.
Fish-Whole ~ As sound as a fish or healthy.
Weaponsalve ~ A salve that was supposed to cure the wound by applying it to the weapon that caused it.
Overset ~ To recover from mental shock.
Fordolked ~ Wounded.
Witchify ~ To bewitch.
Wamblecropped ~ Humiliated
Naufrage ~ Shipwreck
Peffle ~ In a nervous state.
Measondue ~ A hospital or poor house.
Dead-Nip ~ A blue mark on the body not caused by an injury or any known cause...sometimes called a witch's nip.
Sadly On ~ Expressing that a person is ill or in a bad way.
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