Conventional treatments for canker sores just don’t do enough. By the time you notice a canker sore developing, it’s too late to do anything other than mask and minimize your painful symptoms.
That’s why the Luminance RED device is such an exciting and innovative treatment option for canker sores. Clinical research proves that this FDA-cleared canker sore laser treatment heals and prevents canker sores without any unpleasant side effects.
Luminance RED emits a soothing yet powerful light treatment that heals and prevents canker sores in just two minutes a day. Arm yourself with all the information you need on canker sores to avoid painful symptoms and enjoy the fastest healing time possible!
What Are Canker Sores?
Canker sores, or aphthous ulcers, are shallow white lesions with inflamed pink borders that occur inside the lips and mouth. The sores are typically 1-4 mm in size, but complex sores can be larger than 5 mm. Though they are often confused with cold sores (HSV-1), canker sores are not contagious. Raw canker sores make it challenging to eat, sleep, and speak; even with traditional therapies, they often take 2-3 weeks to heal.
What’s the Difference Between Canker Sores and Cold Sores?
Cold sores and canker sores are often used interchangeably, but they’re actually two distinct problems. Let’s delve into the difference between them.
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. They develop as clusters of tiny, pus-filled bumps on the lips and around the mouth that last up to 10 days. Cold sores are more likely to be caused by HSV-1 than HSV-2, but both strains can appear anywhere on the body. Minor cold sore outbreaks can be mistaken for irritated skin or a pimple, and many people with cold sores never show symptoms after the first outbreak.
Canker sores are non-viral ulcers that form on the inside of the lips and cheeks. Unlike cold sores, canker sores resemble pink craters with a soft white border. Canker sores can be minor, appearing a few times per year and lasting around one week. For some, canker sores cause debilitating pain and last two weeks. Major lesions often cause scarring and make it challenging to eat and drink.
What Causes Canker Sores?
Canker sores are challenging to treat because they have no definitive cause. However, the most common triggers for canker sores include:
- - NSAIDs (Motrin®, Aleve®)
- - Vitamin deficiencies (low vitamin B12 or iron)
- - Foods high in citric acid, such as oranges, tomatoes, and some cheeses
- - Underlying autoimmune conditions (HIV/AIDs, Lupus, Behçet's disease)
- - Chronic high stress or a traumatic life event
- - A family history of canker sore outbreaks
Mouth ulcers are often a signal that the body is in distress. However, if you've made positive lifestyle changes and still can't figure out what causes canker sores for you, genetics may be to blame. You may have to accept that you're generally prone to canker sores, but that doesn't mean you have to endure lifelong suffering.
Treating Canker Sore Symptoms
Canker sores trigger painful and uncomfortable symptoms that you definitely don’t want to endure for days or weeks until the sore finally heals and disappears. Common symptoms include crater-like ulcers, painful sores, difficulty eating, and burning and prickling around the site of the sore.
Fortunately, you don’t need to ensure the full misery of these symptoms. All you need to do is identify a few simple treatments that directly tackle your worst symptoms and help you feel better.
Over-the-counter topical anesthetics like benzocaine (Kank-A), and Orajel provide safe, temporary numbing of painful sores. You can apply local anesthetics a few times a day to relieve discomfort until your canker sore heals completely.
Your dentist or doctor may also prescribe an antimicrobial rinse if you’re susceptible to canker sores. Listerine, Peridex, and Periogard are all popular options. They reduce the number of bacteria and microbes in the mouth, which can protect the gum tissue from canker sores in the future. The deep cleaning effect of antimicrobial rinses can also control plaque and prevent canker sores from becoming aggravated by excess bacteria.
Milk of Magnesia with Liquid Antihistamine
Milk of magnesia, best known by the brand name Maalox®, can be blended with Benadryl® or another antihistamine to alleviate the pain caused by your canker sore. Milk of magnesia is an antacid that coats your canker sore to prevent irritation, while antihistamines treat inflammation symptoms and create a sedative effect. If your canker sore is uncomfortable and prevents you from sleeping, this combination is a helpful solution.
Sage and Chamomile Tea
Chamomile has been a favorite natural remedy since ancient times. This herbal remedy is known to help heal wounds and ease pain with its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic compounds. You can use a chamomile tea bag as a warm compress to soothe angry canker sores or rinse freshly brewed chamomile tea in your mouth for the same effect.
Sage is another traditional herb that’s been historically used to treat inflammation. Add boiling water to fresh sage leaves and steep for five minutes, then swish the rinse around your mouth for two minutes. The antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent properties of sage are sure to relieve canker sore pain and bring much-needed relief to your mouth.
Lysine is an essential amino acid found in everyday foods, but supplementing with lysine may help address your worst canker sores. Up to 2,000 mg per day is considered a safe dose for preventative measures.
The Arrival of Canker Sore Light Treatment
Whether you struggle with canker sores, cold sores, or both conditions, you may feel frustrated with the unpredictability of your treatment regimen. Antiviral medications may not always prevent an outbreak. Canker sores can cause weeks of discomfort during and after the healing process, and rinses and topical creams are hit or miss.
The Luminance RED is an FDA-approved alternative to traditional therapies used for canker sores and cold sores. By holding the soothing light to the lesion (or where you suspect it may form), your skin receives a burst of powerful energy that can speed up healing times up by 49% and stop future outbreaks from forming. Luminance RED nourishes the skin with a 630 nanometer light wavelength, which is metabolized to accelerate the body’s healing process and strengthen its defenses against future attacks.
HOW LIGHT CAN TREAT CANKER SORES?
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