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Canker Sores:

Canker sores, also medically known as aphthous ulcers, are small ulcer craters in the lining of the mouth that are frequently painful and sensitive. The ulcers begin as small oval or round reddish swellings that usually burst within a day. The ruptured sores are covered by a thin white or yellow membrane and edged by a red halo. Canker sores are usually found on the movable parts of the mouth such as the tongue or the inside lining of the lips and cheeks, and usually last 10 days - 2 weeks.

The cause of canker sores is not well understood. Canker sores can be caused from a reaction of the immune system, bacterial infections, hormonal disorders, stress, trauma, heredity, food allergies or sensitivities (acidic foods such as pineapple), or deficiencies of iron, folic acid, or vitamin B12.

 

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