Post #27

Frickin’ mouth ulcers

6th October 2003, lunch time | Comments (21)

Upset girl and her stuffed toys

I’m pretty hacked off — I’ve got mouth ulcers.

Yes, I know we all get mouth ulcers, I expect you’ve had them, but I get mouth ulcers.

Sometimes I can’t talk for a couple of days, sometimes I can’t clean my teeth without spitting blood for 5 minutes. My mouth hurts all the time, I can’t eat certain foods and I look like I’ve been given a fat lip.

I’ve currently got eight of the damn things. They can be up to the size of my little-finger nail and last for 2 months at a time.

Do you get all that?


Well don’t go wasting one of your Genie-in-a-lamp wishes on it, it’s a lousy thing to have. Sure, it’s not life-threatening, but it’s enough to make a person feel pretty miserable.

So, that’s why I’m hacked off.

Bloody things.


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  1. Matt:

    I've heard sauerkraut (sp?) is good for those.

    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  2. Dunstan:

    Sauerkraut? Really?

    That has vinegar in though doesn't it?
    Oh, no, I see you can use salt, or vinegar, or wine:

    So, really it's just old, salty cabbage?


    Hee hee, I like this recipe:

    Posted 2 weeks, 6 days after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Matt
    Inspired: ↓ Sian
  3. Sian:

    My Uncle swore by using red pepper on his Ulcers. I thought he was mad but looks like there is logic to it:

    Posted 2 months, 2 weeks after the fact
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  4. Dunstan:

    Oh, well thanks for that Sian, but actually peppers (both the hot and the 'salady' ones) are on my list of things to avoid as they're the same family as tomatoes. Ulcers abound if I eat them.

    But thank you for the thought :o)

    Posted 2 months, 2 weeks after the fact
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  5. Dunstan:

    Maybe the bloke in that comment meant tummy ulcers?

    They're different...

    Posted 2 months, 2 weeks after the fact
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  6. Sian:

    Hmm and Hmm. I shall consult the oracle (Mother) and see what she comes up with, she normally has a family recipe or suggestion for such things.

    Posted 2 months, 2 weeks after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dunstan
  7. Dom:

    Try, L-lysine, acidophilus or SLS-fre toothpaste... at least one of them should help! Good luck, mouth ulcers are a curse.

    Posted 4 months, 1 week after the fact
  8. Dale:

    Dear Hrumpf

    I totally sympathise, I've had them 3 1/2 years. I've done a total food elimination diet (to rule out food intollerance), had a colonoscophy (to rule out Chrones), had allergy testing, done trial of losec (to reduce stomach acid), trial of nexium (acid pump inhibitor), done course of halopac (combined losec/antibiotic). SLS toothpastse (I changed brands 6 times), swabs for herpes, hand foot and mouth and naturapathic treatments, ensyme L-Lysine and good multivitamin are generally recommended. I also tried Collial Silver, barley grass, acidophillous and a few others. My ulcers have been really bad the last few days, I switched doctors and now trialling Prednisolone (steriod), despite the possible bad side effects. Apparently the dose starts high (50mg) gets reduced to 25gm in ten days and then reduces to as low as possible over 6 months (hopefully just a couple mg). Then you try going off it completely. Good luck to you, I really feel for you. Cheers Dale (Australia)

    Posted 6 months, 2 weeks after the fact
    Inspired: ↓ Dunstan
  9. Dunstan:

    Holy cow!

    Well, Dale, it's nice to know (in an awful way) that I'm not alone in this :o/

    Good luck to you too, fella.

    Posted 6 months, 2 weeks after the fact
    Inspired by: ↑ Dale
  10. Jo Dodds:

    Hi Dunstan, the bastards suck, don't they? I've had em for nearly 3 years but am now looking at possible link to stomach ulcers, heliobacter etc. My GP is next to useless & reckons I should just put up with them and it's just depression - Well who wouldn't be?!!!

    Good luck - if I find a miracle - or a common sense GP I'll let you know.

    Posted 1 year, 3 months after the fact
  11. Steve:

    I totally sympathize with you too.

    I'm pretty much in the same boat and still hunting high and low for anything that will get rid of the little blighters quicker - or stop them for appearing to begin with!
    The best thing I've found so far is Corsodyl Mouthwash []. If I use it when they start to show their ugly, little, white, puss-filled heads, then I can usually stop them from bursting, and we all know that that is when the pain really kicks in. The down side is this stuff can stain your teeth and tongue if you don't use it right; but nothing a trip to the dentist can't solve.

    I also found quite informative. It's run by a doctor who’s a sufferer too, and he's been compiling a survey of all things that can trigger mouth ulcers. Did you know that it all stems from a bacterial imbalance in your mouth…

    All the best

    Posted 1 year, 3 months after the fact
  12. Marsha:

    I have heard that salt can do the trick. What have you heard about that? I get them as well and yes they hurt like hell. Mine are caused from stress. Let me know if you find a cure. Also I heard that alum is good for it as well as salt if you can handle the burning it is suppose to work.
    Good luck....

    Posted 1 year, 6 months after the fact
  13. Vic Rantala:

    For years I suffered from mouth sores. Four years ago my lips and tongue would swell about once a month. The interval between swelling became shorter and shorter until after a year it was daily. I discovered it was due to sodium lauryl sulfate also known as SLS. I confirmed this discovery by testing with ultra pure SLS from a chemical supply house - Spectrum s1331 for about $35.00 for 25 grams. I applied a one percent solution to a single small spot on my lower lip. Unexpectedly the solution migrated to my tongue and caused it to swell which can be dangerous. (I have had a visit to the emergency ward for anaphylactic shock.) I immediately drove to my allergist to display my finding. He kicked me out and said never darken his doorway because I was a nut to experiment on myself. I drove home downcast after being rejected so. But there was some consolation - I had discovered the source of my allergy - sodium lauryl sulfate. I had spent over $1500.00 total in doctor's allergy test and discovered nothing. My three allergist had complained to me that there seems to be an epidemic of these symptoms which they have not been able to resolve. They do the test in their office which takes less than a half hour. I have discoved that my reaction usually takes several hours before swelling occurs. It would require a technician to follow the patient for 2 to 24 hours to discover if they were possessed this type of allergy. Most toothpaste, hand soaps, shampoos, and liquid dish soaps contain SLS. I use liquid lye soap (which I make myself) for washing and salt for toothpaste. The swellings and mouth sores are gone.

    Posted 1 year, 7 months after the fact
  14. Dave:

    I used to get mouth ulcers regularly, and boy do I mean regularly. Usually in 2's and 3's too. Now though i buy the cheapo brand of 15% alcohol mouthwash from the supermarket and rinse round with this everytime after brushing my teeth and bingo, problem solved. I still get the odd one now and again, (usually when i forget to buy the mouthwash), only takes 1 or 2 days of missed rinsing. This only goes to prove this is the effective agent. It definitely works for me though, and is so simple I wish I'd thought of it before.

    Hope this knowledge helps someone else like it helped me.

    Posted 1 year, 9 months after the fact
  15. Dreww:

    heyhey! common mouth ulcers are usually down to poor diet! try getting more vitamin c into ure diet by the means of fruit n veg or take supplements. ure skin will improve and ulcers will tend to stay away. plus try and eliminate fizzy drnks and high sugar stuff from ure diet. i heard they can also be caused by stomach acid getting its way into your mouth wen u sleep so just prop your head up! lol
    sinse i changed my diet i never get ulcers,acne and my complexion is nice and clear too :D
    try it! lol
    drew :p

    Posted 1 year, 9 months after the fact
  16. Ally:

    If they're lasting 2 months at a time, I would recommend you see your dentist asap. I work at a dentist and it's very important you get them checked out. It's normal for them to go after a week, but to last that long is not common.

    Posted 2 years after the fact
  17. Nev:

    My sympathies with anyone suffering from these 'frickin' painful things. I have suffered for years now and found very little to comfort me short of having my head chopped off! I have found recently that chewable liquorice (from Holland and Barrett) is good for relieving the pain. L-Lysine is certainly worth trying. A word of warning though - soluble aspirin as a mouthwash is very effective at reducing pain but it wasn't until my ulcers got bigger when I noticed that many soluble analgesics contain Sodium Laureth Sulphate - WATCH OUT!

    Posted 2 years, 2 months after the fact
  18. Elaine:

    I have finally had success in getting TOTALLY rid of mouth ulcers, after suffering constantly for more than eight years.I had a gastroscopy, to check for heliobacter bug and this was negative(6 years ago).Recently went on ocean fishing trip and was very seasick. This did not get better and felt very sick for a week, so new doc gave me Nexium to see if it would help my upset tummy and almost right away the ulcers cleared up .I have just finished a two month course and am hoping they don't return. Obviously, even though the test was negative, there was some kind of bug, as Nexium is an antbiotic. Good luck. Elaine.

    Posted 2 years, 5 months after the fact
  19. Alex:

    Yeah, I get them too. Mostly stress related. But I've realised what helps is regularly changing your tooth brush, brush at least twice a day. Oraldene mouthwash helps a lot, but when it's really bad, I get the old TCP out and dilute a little bit with water. No one will go near you because of the "clinical" smell, but it will heal any ulcers in your mouth. After the mouthwash, I just cover the ulcers with bonjela, and it's good. Diet is really important, i agree with everyone else on that one. And drink loads of water. Also make sure you dont use the same bottle of volvic or evian to save on money (yes, own up, you do it too :)). The plastic will hoard bacteria after two or three uses. All the best everyone

    Posted 2 years, 5 months after the fact
  20. Alicia:

    I found a way to get rid of ulcers in my mouth fast. Take a pack of powdered "Goody's" or "Standback" and put some on a q-tip then coat the sore with the medicine. It hurts like hell but the sore will be gone the next day.

    Posted 2 years, 6 months after the fact
  21. Anne:


    I know exactly how you feel. Mine are so painful at the moment so i started looking up the net on how to get rid of them. I have about seven in my mouth at the moment, on my tongue (they are the worst), on the side of my mouth and one even on my lip...........i thought only cold sores were on your lip, but no i get ulcers there too. I discovered mine are caused from eating too much sugar (particularly red coloured jelly lollies like snakes, musk sticks, etc, any lollies full of sugar) and i get them when i'm stressed and run down too. I hate them so much. I wake up in the morning so grumpy and irritable because they are SO bad then.
    I get them ALL the time. In fact, i think i have them more often than i don't.It is so bad when i bite them too. I have had some about 2cm x 2cm sometimes. They just won't go away no matter what i try, all i know is that they KILL and i fell like screaming at everyone when i have them. I think brushing your teeth more and rinsing in salt water help abit, but not much.
    Good luck all you mouth ulcer sufferers.
    Let me know if you find a magical cure! :)


    Posted 2 years, 7 months after the fact

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