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It works for me...

I occasionally have trouble with mouth ulcers, as chronicled here in the past. I think I now have the silver bullet: the steroid paste which has been inconsistently useful to me in the past has to be applied as soon as you detect the first signs of trouble, and if you get there in time (have to smear it on the affected area last thing at night) you can beat the attack down to a couple of days.

Otherwise they break out in full, and it's back to the usual analgesic methods and being unable to talk properly for a week and a half.

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purplecthulhu
Jan. 7th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Have you tried a treatment that contains an active ingredient? If these are infections then an antibiotic-including lozenge, like Tyrozets, can work quite well. They're mainly intended for sore throats, but their local anesthetic and antibiotic action does quite well on ulcers for me.
nwhyte
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have, and no, it hasn't made much difference. I think that for me they are usually the result of some chemical imbalance that gets thrown out of whack by stress exacerbated by too much coffee and not enough breakfast or sleep. Of course, you're entirely right that in cases where it is an infection then the standard sore throat stuff should work. (Though my mouth ulcers tend to last longer than my sore throats.)
purplecthulhu
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Ah - sounds like a different problem to what I get.

Might I humbly suggest less coffee? I gave it up quite a few years back when I realised just how addicted I was.

Oh - and less stress would be a good thing too :-)
nwhyte
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I think the coffee is under control as long as I get enough breakfast and sleep. (Though of course an addict would say that, wouldn't they?)

As for the stress, why do you think I just changed jobs?
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nwhyte
Jan. 8th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Breakfast - make sure you have a stock of cornflakes or fruit-n-fibre, and also milk (and I recommend UHT because it doesn't go off so quickly and you soon get used to the taste. Though I prefer poached egg on toast.

Sleep - if it's after 10 pm, TURN THE COMPUTER OFF AND GO TO BED.
mscongeniality
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
I have a friend with what sounds like the same problem who has had a similar experience with the steroid medication. Though, in her case, it seems that one of the triggers is an allergy to certain types of artificial food dyes.
zdover
Jan. 8th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
I too have mouth ulcers. Kenalog, which is a topical steroid, can be injected into the ulcer. It shortens the outbreak to several days, tops. I highly recommend it. Whenever I have ulcers on my tonsilar pillars, I opt for this treatment.
nwhyte
Jan. 8th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
The cream I'm using is Kenacort which sounds like it is similar to your Kenalog. Thank heavens, I never get them on my tonsils - if I ever do, I'm definitely going for your solution.
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